BBC4 was last night named Best Channel for Stuck-Up Ponces at the National Television Awards.
Fending off competition from Sky Arts One and Two and America’s PBS, the BBC’s documentary and culture channel was praised for its consistency in thinking it is better than ITV just because it has read a book and has thoughts.
Presenting the award, Paddy McGuinness said: “All the nominees do a fantastic job every day of catering to the weird, stuck-up tastes of the sort of ponces who think kiddie fiddlers are just mentally ill.
“Well done BBC4 – would you like to me to hold your monocle while you give some fancy speech about Shakespeare and Palestine?”
The awards ceremony, held in the O2 Arena after it had been converted into a massive Wetherspoon’s, also saw big wins for the Downton Abbey, the Ant and the Dec and a programme where a celebrity allows us a glimpse of who they really are when all the other cameras are switched off.
TV critic Julian Cook said: “The National Television Awards are based on the very important concept that something is good because lots of people think it’s good.
“This means that Jonathan Ross is good. Not shit. Not utterly fucking shit. Good.
“It means that Downton Abbey is good. Not pathetic. Not written by remedial gibbons and utterly contemptuous of its audience. Good.”
After packing up its podium and cheeky one-liners, the awards bandwagon now moves on to the Baftas, the annual ceremony for things people claim they were watching when they were actually watching some tuppenny whores in a jungle.