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The Only Way Is Essex: YouTube Audience Award Winner in 2011

17 May 2011
The Only Way Is Essex

The 2011 YouTube Audience Award was won by The Only Way is Essex as voted by the British public.

The public voted in their thousands to have their say in the 2011 YouTube Audience Award. The Only Way Is Essex took away the award, beating Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, Downton Abbey, The Killing, Miranda and Sherlock.

Watch the Cast Accept their Award:

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Thank you to the audience, it's delightful that you like us this much.

The Award was presented to cast and members of the ITV production team from the show who flooded excitedly onto the stage. Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and Blake Harrison, stars of the 2010 YouTube Audience Award winning show The Inbetweeners presented the Award.

On accepting the award, the production team at ITV said how delighted they were to have won and that 11 months go when they began filming the show, they never dreamed they'd be at the BAFTA Awards.

You Tube Audience Award winner: The Only Way Is EssexBAFTA / Richard Kendal

The Nominated Shows:

Downton Abbey Downton Abbey

The Killing The Killing


Big Fat Gypsy Weddings Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

The Only Way is Essex The Only Way Is Essex

Sherlock Sherlock

About the YouTube Audience Award

Logo: YouTubeThe YouTube Audience Award is the only Award voted for by the public. It rewards the programmes that have captured audiences’ imaginations and were the most watched, loved and talked about in 2010/11.

The Judging Process

A panel of entertainment journalists met on Thursday 31 March at BAFTA Headquarters. Their job was to select the six nominees from a long list comprising the highest rated shows in 2010/11 and other shows that had captured the imagination of the public. With the eligibility being between 1 March 2010 through to 28 February 2011.

The Media Panel

  • Andrew Billen – The Times
  • Emily Dean – Absolute Radio
  • Vicky Frost – The Guardian
  • Boyd Hilton – Heat Magazine
  • Alison Graham – Radio Times
  • Jane Lush – Chair, Splash Media
  • Neil Midgley – Daily Telegraph
  • Sara Nathan – Daily Mail
  • Andrew Pettie – The Telegraph
  • Colin Robertson – The Sun
  • Catriona Wightman – Digital Spy