heat Unmissables Awards 2020: See the full list of winners

We honour the best entertainers of the year

heat Unmissables Awards 2020

by Boyd Hilton |

Forget the BAFTAs, Oscars and Emmys. It’s time for the even more prestigious heat Unmissables Awards, where we crown the greatest achievements in the entertainment world, from TV and film to books and podcasts. This year, we haven’t let the little matter of the pandemic prevent us from giving out the gongs, with help from recorded mail and heroic couriers.

In order to pick the winners in what has been a truly exceptional year – especially for TV – our elite panel of experts surveyed all the amazing contenders to reward the very best in entertainment and pop culture. And we got you, our loyal readers, to vote in the always hotly contested category of Best TV Soap.

You can see the acceptance speeches in full on @heatworld IGTV. So, without further ado, here are the results...

Who won the heat Unmissables Awards in 2020?


heat Unmissables Awards 2020

Matt Lucas heat Unmissables Awards
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Many stars did their best to cheer us up while we were stuck at home, but Matt's revival of his Baked Potato Song from back in the day when he was on Shooting Stars became a national phenomenon. Matt says, "When I was a child, I always dreamed that, one day, there would be a pandemic and I would sing a song about a potato, and that heat magazine – which didn't exist when I was a child – would give me an award, so it really is a dream come true."Runners-up: Andrew Cotter and his dogs (online)Grayson Perry's Art Club (C4)Kirstie's House of Craft (C4)Stacey Dooley's Lockdown Heroes (BBC3)

I May Destroy You heat Unmissables Awards
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We've loved writer/actor/producer/director Michaela Coel's work since she burst on the scene with the glorious C4 comedy Chewing Gum. But nothing prepared us for this remarkable drama, addressing issues of sexual assault and consent in the most complex, riveting, funny and devastating way. It's a landmark series that will go down in TV history. Michaela told us, "Thank you very, very, very much for making I May Destroy You Drama of the Year. It means a hell of a lot to have my work recognised on such a huge scale." And her superb co-star Paapa Essiedu added, "Thanks so much to heat for showing love and support for the show."Runners-up: Devs (BBC2)I Hate Suzie (Sky)Normal People (BBC3)Save Me Too (Sky)

Michaela Coel heat Unmissables Awards
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Michaela Coel famously took her own horrendous experience of sexual assault and used it as the basis for I May Destroy You, creating in the process the extraordinarily complicated character of Arabella, who might resemble Coel herself on the surface, but who is most definitely a fictional alter-ego, as well. The raw power and fundamental humanity of her performance anchored the whole incredible series.Runners-up: Billie Piper (I Hate Suzie)Gillian Anderson (The Crown)Hayley Squires (Adult Material)Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People)

The Great British Bake Off heat Unmissables Awards
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The Bake Off team pulled out all the stops this year, creating a COVID-safe bubble for all the bakers and production team. Matt Lucas' arrival was a massive breath of fresh comedic air, and the bakers were fascinating, too. Paul Hollywood says, "This means such a lot to the whole Bake Off team... and none more so than the bakers this year. After COVID and what we went through with the filming, the bakers were real troupers."Runners-up: Gogglebox (C4)Made in Chelsea (E4)First Dates (C4)Race Across The World (BBC2)

Daisy May Cooper heat Unmissables Awards
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What a year Daisy May Cooper's had. The third and final series of This Country, the mockumentary series she created with her brother and co-star Charlie, was a stunningly funny and moving achievement, and she went on to delight us with her stints on Celeb Gogglebox and, recently, Taskmaster. Daisy says, "I just want to say a massive thank you to heat magazine for this award. heat is my favourite magazine!"Runners-up: Mae MartinMo GilliganDiane MorganRicky Gervais

Claudia Winkleman Quite heat Unmissables Awards
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As debuts go, Claudia Winkleman's first book was a stone- cold success. Packed with her very witty and well-observed musings on life – covering everything from napping and fringes to the importance of female friendship – Quite was an essential lockdown companion. Claudia says, "Thank you so much for this, I'm amazed and very moved. This is now my favourite thing – I prefer it even to melted cheese and black eyeliner."Runners-up: Life in Pieces (Dawn O'Porter)American Dirt (Jeanine Cummins)The Boy From The Woods (Harlan Cobin)The Searcher (Tana French)

The Invisible Man heat Unmissables Awards
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There were plenty of very serious and profound films this year, but for sheer relentless thrills and entertainment value, this super-smart new take on The Invisible Man – brilliantly written and directed by Leigh Whannell, and starring Elisabeth Moss and Oliver Jackson-Cohen – could not be beaten. It's also got the most shocking movie moment of the year. Oliver says, "Thanks heat. Thanks to everyone who went to see it. We love the movie and we're so glad that you guys do, too."Runners-up: 1917Saint MaudPortrait of A Lady on FireParasite

Mo Gilligan heat Unmissables Awards
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This is the second win in a row for Mo in this category, following on from last year's triumph with The Late-ish Show. If anything, this series was even more of a triumph, as he and his team produced each episode live from Mo's home during lockdown, and it only went off-air once due to technical issues. Mo says, "Thanks to the good people at heat... Two years in a row now. I hope we brought some joy to people."Runners-up: Britain's Got Talent (ITV)I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (ITV)Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1)Taskmaster (C4)

EastEnders heat Unmissables Awards
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We asked @heatworld users to tell us which soap had exceeded their expectations in 2020, and 'Enders was the standout winner, with its gripping storylines and ambitious stunt on the Thames to mark its 35th anniversary. Queen of Walford Letitia Dean says, "Well, this is lovely. Thank you to all the heat readers for voting for EastEnders, it really means a lot to everyone that works on the show. So, thank you, thank you, thank you!"Runners-up: Coronation StreetEmmerdaleHollyoaks

Normal People heat Unmissables Awards
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The BBC's decision to make all 12 parts of this stunning, intense romance available to stream at once meant millions of us became instantly addicted. Director/producer Lenny Abrahamson says,"All of us involved in bringing Normal People to the screen are delighted by these awards. It's great that the series as a whole made such an impact, and that people felt compelled to keep watching, which this award from heat really underlines. We are thrilled for Paul Mescal, who with the wonderful Daisy Edgar-Jones, anchored the whole show."Runners-up: Gangs of London (Sky)Save Me Too (Sky)The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)I Hate Suzie (Sky)

Paul Mescal heat Unmissables Awards
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Paul was a total unknown until Normal People arrived in April. Then, once viewers began immersing themselves in the intense love story, the 24-year-old actor's effortless chemistry with his similarly outstanding co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones and the astonishing naturalism of his performance turned him into an overnight sensation. Even the chain around his neck became iconic.Runners-up: Lennie James (Save Me Too)Josh O'Connor (The Crown)Jude Law (The Third Day)John Boyega (Small Axe)

Alison Hammond heat Unmissables Awards
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As well as her lovely stints on This Morning, which have rightly led to her getting the weekly Friday shows to co-host with Dermot, Alison Hammond also presented her own ITV documentary for Black History Month. She says, "Oh my goodness! Thank you so much. This means a lot to me. I know exactly where it's going to go, in my downstairs toilet where all my hundreds of awards are! This is actually my first one, so thank you so much."Runners-up: Dermot O'LearyRylan Clark-NealAnt & DecClaudia Winkleman

Louis Theroux heat Unmissables Awards
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There are loads of great interview pods out there, but Louis' was special. He says, "Grounded was something I started doing way back in March when all my travels plans were upended by COVID. It's ended up being so much more pleasurable than I could have expected. In trying times, there's nothing like the power of human connection... whether that means talking to Boy George about his appearance on The A-Team or discussing the intricacies of heterosexual sex with Miriam Margolyes."Runners-up: Adam Buxton Podcast (Adam Buxton)The Reality of Reality TV (Fleur East)Talk Art (Russell Tovey and Robert Diament)Fortunately (Fi Glover and Jane Garvey)

Ricky Gervais heat Unmissables Awards
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Series two of Ricky Gervais' After Life was even funnier and more emotional than the first. Ricky says, "Thank you to the readers of heat for my second Unmissables Award for After Life. For so many people to rate it as the best TV comedy of the year is absolutely heartwarming. Obviously, that's not what I do it all for. I do it for the art. Only joking. I do it for the money."Runners-up: Feel Good (C4)Inside No.9 (BBC2)This Country (BBC3)Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia heat Unmissables Awards
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The second studio album from the British pop singer-songwriter was a massive step up from her first. It included five hit singles and was all killer, no filler, giving us an extraordinarily vibrant overall electro-disco feel, with contributions from Ghosted, Stuart Price, Shakka and Tove Lo.Runners-up: Folklore (Taylor Swift)Hotspot (Pet Shop Boys)Deep Down Happy (Sports Team)Women in Music Pt III (Haim)

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The celebrity contestants had been trying to figure out who had been peeing on the floor of the camp’s privy – their communal toilet – but, unsurprisingly, none of the male campmates came forward to admit it was them. But it appears that Shane Richie knew the identity of the “phantom dribbler” all along, as he exposed them once and for all on I’m A Celeb spin-off show The Daily Drop.

Chatting to host Vick Hope, Shane said, “Let's just clear a few things up shall we. When all that started, the phantom dribbler, I was ill. I couldn't stand.

“I remember Vernon, because he's eight foot two, he's a tall lad and it's a long distance from him for the toilet. He went to the toilet and he came back and we said, 'Vernon have you dribbled?', and he was like 'Oh don't, because Tess is watching. Oh, please don’t say nothing.’”

Thank GOODNESS they cleared up.

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