The 2019 Pride of Britain Awards

28th October 2019 (ceremony), 5th November (broadcast) .

The ceremony and broadcast for the Pride of Britain Awards are not held on the same day… or indeed in this case not even the same month, which makes it a bit unusual. Last year I posted the journal on the day of the ceremony and it was widely ignored… so this time I’m making a celeb-filled journal (*filled with celebs of whom I know/recognise less than 10%) for an event that celebrates the achievement of ordinary everyday heroes ( *ordinary people of whom I know 0%), and posting it on the day they are recognised.

Here’s how it went down:

I got there around 4pm, and through a complicated piece of alchemy I got given wristband #80, while the couple who arrived about 5mins after me (and who asked me where they could get wristbands) came back with #79 and #78… and were subsequently joined by #77 and #76.

I got there around 4pm, and through a complicated piece of alchemy I got given wristband #80, while the couple who arrived about 5mins after me (and who asked me where they could get wristbands) came back with #79 and #78… and were subsequently joined by #77 and #76.

“Or we could assemble them all into one giant vacuum cleaner with even greater power… or so is my understanding”.

“Or we could assemble them all into one giant vacuum cleaner with even greater power… or so is my understanding”.

I don’t know who this is, but he was on the front page of several newspapers the next morning (and yet was not in the 614-photo, 11-page wireimage image library of the event).

I don’t know who this is, but he was on the front page of several newspapers the next morning (and yet was not in the 614-photo, 11-page wireimage image library of the event).

In what will be a theme for the night (just as it has been every time I’ve done the Pride of Britain Awards), I have no idea who this is. And, upon finding out who it is (in this case Linda Robson), I will have to additionally admit that even with the name provided… I still have no idea who this is.

In what will be a theme for the night (just as it has been every time I’ve done the Pride of Britain Awards), I have no idea who this is. And, upon finding out who it is (in this case Linda Robson), I will have to additionally admit that even with the name provided… I still have no idea who this is.

“Not sure what you’re taking a photo of, bruv, but whatever works for ya is fine by me”  This is Molly-Mae Hague, and other than the cool name not much is known about her. (BY ME, I hasten to clarify.)

“Not sure what you’re taking a photo of, bruv, but whatever works for ya is fine by me” This is Molly-Mae Hague, and other than the cool name not much is known about her. (BY ME, I hasten to clarify.)

“You okay there, bro? Your white balance looks pretty bad…”  Chris Kamara is a current TV broadcaster and former football player / manager / coach. And the white balance on the Pentax isn’t so much struggling as it is throwing up its (metaphorical) little hands skywards and declaring defeat, what with the alternating blue and red spotlights being blasted onto the red carpet that I am unable to correct for.

“You okay there, bro? Your white balance looks pretty bad…”
Chris Kamara is a current TV broadcaster and former football player / manager / coach. And the white balance on the Pentax isn’t so much struggling as it is throwing up its (metaphorical) little hands skywards and declaring defeat, what with the alternating blue and red spotlights being blasted onto the red carpet that I am unable to correct for.

“I prefer to watch my movies seated in a comfortable armchair, not outside in the cold, but yeah, okay”  — Emily Atack is an actress best known for the movie    “Outside Bet”   , the tv show Inbetweeners and, crazily the Iron Sky sequel “The Coming Race”

“I prefer to watch my movies seated in a comfortable armchair, not outside in the cold, but yeah, okay” — Emily Atack is an actress best known for the movie “Outside Bet”, the tv show Inbetweeners and, crazily the Iron Sky sequel “The Coming Race”

Prior to this evening, I’d never heard of Colin Thackery - turns out the 89 year old is a Korean War veteran who won the 2019 Britain’s Got Talent competition. Very well, I’m culturally oblivious. Any 12- or 52- or 92-year old could have told you that.

Prior to this evening, I’d never heard of Colin Thackery - turns out the 89 year old is a Korean War veteran who won the 2019 Britain’s Got Talent competition. Very well, I’m culturally oblivious. Any 12- or 52- or 92-year old could have told you that.

I believe this is Martin Kemp? (I’m too uncertain to present Martin Kemp’s bio for fear of making whoever this is feel inadequate if this is not Martin Kemp…. whereas if it IS Martin Kemp, I’m pretty sure he knows who he is and doesn’t need reminding)

I believe this is Martin Kemp? (I’m too uncertain to present Martin Kemp’s bio for fear of making whoever this is feel inadequate if this is not Martin Kemp…. whereas if it IS Martin Kemp, I’m pretty sure he knows who he is and doesn’t need reminding)

This woman’s face mirrors my own at the question of  “Is that Shirlie Holliman?” . If it is, then she was part of a duo who had a British #2 single in the 1980s. And I don’t want to minimise that accomplishment, because as of now I think my most “popular” accomplishment is that one of my premiere journals was (briefly) on page 1 of Google once. It was    Fast & Furious (the fourth one)   , and it’s not particularly special.

This woman’s face mirrors my own at the question of “Is that Shirlie Holliman?”. If it is, then she was part of a duo who had a British #2 single in the 1980s. And I don’t want to minimise that accomplishment, because as of now I think my most “popular” accomplishment is that one of my premiere journals was (briefly) on page 1 of Google once. It was Fast & Furious (the fourth one), and it’s not particularly special.

“You wanna ask me a question? Well… I’m not a fan of the irony”  Martin Bashir is best known as a journalist/news anchor. Yeah… I don’t watch TV, I say with a mixture of pride and acknowledgement of the weirdness of this.

“You wanna ask me a question? Well… I’m not a fan of the irony”
Martin Bashir is best known as a journalist/news anchor. Yeah… I don’t watch TV, I say with a mixture of pride and acknowledgement of the weirdness of this.

Ben Shephard? Archbishop Desmond Tutu? The Duke of Wandsworth? Who knows… I suppose when I’m in a pen among fans, my inability to be excited by any and all celebrities makes me look coolly calm and icily detached. Here in my journal… I struggle.

Ben Shephard? Archbishop Desmond Tutu? The Duke of Wandsworth? Who knows…
I suppose when I’m in a pen among fans, my inability to be excited by any and all celebrities makes me look coolly calm and icily detached. Here in my journal… I struggle.

“Honestly, I don’t know who you are, but it’s a cold night and shared body heat is a legitimate strategy, so I’m up for it.”

“Honestly, I don’t know who you are, but it’s a cold night and shared body heat is a legitimate strategy, so I’m up for it.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about… the view’s great from up here!”  - I think this might be Nick Frost, but I can’t tell as (in part) I’m totally mesmerised by the hat being worn here.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about… the view’s great from up here!” - I think this might be Nick Frost, but I can’t tell as (in part) I’m totally mesmerised by the hat being worn here.

“If you’re photographing me from behind, you’re not really getting the full majesty I’m going for here”  - though a better look at that cape might be rewarding.

“If you’re photographing me from behind, you’re not really getting the full majesty I’m going for here” - though a better look at that cape might be rewarding.

Trying desperately to look at the cape while attempting not to look like you’re looking at the cape.

Trying desperately to look at the cape while attempting not to look like you’re looking at the cape.

614 images on 11 pages of photos on wireimage and NOBODY identifies this woman? Well, I am disappointed.

614 images on 11 pages of photos on wireimage and NOBODY identifies this woman? Well, I am disappointed.

“I just wish there was a way I could have “my hand holding the phone” as part of the image. It would make it so much more Meta…. and I’m all about the Meta”

“I just wish there was a way I could have “my hand holding the phone” as part of the image. It would make it so much more Meta…. and I’m all about the Meta”

Craig Revel-Horwood is one of those people whose names is so distinctive that I always say  “Oh, I know who he is” … but secretly, between you and me, I don’t know who he is or what he does. Going by the name, I’d imagine he’d have a great voice-over voice.

Craig Revel-Horwood is one of those people whose names is so distinctive that I always say “Oh, I know who he is”… but secretly, between you and me, I don’t know who he is or what he does. Going by the name, I’d imagine he’d have a great voice-over voice.

I don’t know much about Sam Faires, but I’ve been catching the tube a bit and I know she’s been advertising some kind of fashion range. Weirdly, though, I think she looks better here than on those billboards. (Once again, my skillz at complimenting Tha Ladiez have not improved over the years)

I don’t know much about Sam Faires, but I’ve been catching the tube a bit and I know she’s been advertising some kind of fashion range. Weirdly, though, I think she looks better here than on those billboards. (Once again, my skillz at complimenting Tha Ladiez have not improved over the years)

Nicola Roberts was (is?) once a bandmember of the girl band “Girls Aloud”… not sure if that band is still around. (What about the Beatles? Are they still doing stuff? And that Mozart guy - he was a talented youngster back in the day, how’s he going? Culture that’s not built around movies is kind of elusive for me)

Nicola Roberts was (is?) once a bandmember of the girl band “Girls Aloud”… not sure if that band is still around. (What about the Beatles? Are they still doing stuff? And that Mozart guy - he was a talented youngster back in the day, how’s he going? Culture that’s not built around movies is kind of elusive for me)

“You’re trying to figure out what you want me to sign if I tell you I can only sign one item per person, aren’t you?”  David Bradley is best known for the dually-awesome roles of Walder Frey in Game of Thrones, and Hogwarts groundskeeper Filch in the Harry Potter films.

“You’re trying to figure out what you want me to sign if I tell you I can only sign one item per person, aren’t you?” David Bradley is best known for the dually-awesome roles of Walder Frey in Game of Thrones, and Hogwarts groundskeeper Filch in the Harry Potter films.

Mike Bushell, and Mike Bushell’s tie, and Mike Bushell’s uncertainty at being photographed (and/or Mike Bushell’s rising right fist at being photographed).

Mike Bushell, and Mike Bushell’s tie, and Mike Bushell’s uncertainty at being photographed (and/or Mike Bushell’s rising right fist at being photographed).

Michelle Visage. Based purely upon her answer of  “Paso Doble”  to a question asked by an autograph dealer next to me, I’m going to assume she’s from the world of Dancing. Please don’t ask me how I could possibly know this, as the answer involves a flashback to over a decade ago and Chris Hemsworth, and a part of my life I don’t presently wish to recall.

Michelle Visage. Based purely upon her answer of “Paso Doble” to a question asked by an autograph dealer next to me, I’m going to assume she’s from the world of Dancing. Please don’t ask me how I could possibly know this, as the answer involves a flashback to over a decade ago and Chris Hemsworth, and a part of my life I don’t presently wish to recall.

“Paso Doble, huh?”  - I assume the man on the left is somehow famous, but the camera went for the girl in the centre/background and I endorse its choice. Well played, Nikon.

“Paso Doble, huh?” - I assume the man on the left is somehow famous, but the camera went for the girl in the centre/background and I endorse its choice. Well played, Nikon.

Camilla Kerslake seems ambivalent about the difficulty of correcting the white balance in this photo when everything is/was mostly red, including the ACTUAL red carpet and her dress. Security on the right appear to be concerned about something, but sadly I’m certain it’s not about the difficulty of establishing white balance in this environment.

Camilla Kerslake seems ambivalent about the difficulty of correcting the white balance in this photo when everything is/was mostly red, including the ACTUAL red carpet and her dress. Security on the right appear to be concerned about something, but sadly I’m certain it’s not about the difficulty of establishing white balance in this environment.

OMG : it’s somebody I recognise, and even more incredibly it’s somebody from the world of soccer (aka ‘football’ if you’re British, and arguably Proud; whereas I’m from Australia and arguably MORE proud) - it’s England’s manager Gareth Southgate

OMG : it’s somebody I recognise, and even more incredibly it’s somebody from the world of soccer (aka ‘football’ if you’re British, and arguably Proud; whereas I’m from Australia and arguably MORE proud) - it’s England’s manager Gareth Southgate

“You will disappoint me, my right hook, and my left jab greatly if you don’t know who I am.”  Fortunately, I have heard of Frank Bruno - he was a champion boxer (and I know this in part because I photographed him at LAST year’s Pride of Britain Awards)

“You will disappoint me, my right hook, and my left jab greatly if you don’t know who I am.”
Fortunately, I have heard of Frank Bruno - he was a champion boxer (and I know this in part because I photographed him at LAST year’s Pride of Britain Awards)

“This lovingly placed poppy will hopefully distract everyone from remembering how you were in those Twilight movies…” ”And now that you’ve mentioned it, you’ve ensured it won’t happen. Thanks for that”  Michael Sheen was in those movies, but he’s also arguably one of the best things in those movies.

“This lovingly placed poppy will hopefully distract everyone from remembering how you were in those Twilight movies…”
”And now that you’ve mentioned it, you’ve ensured it won’t happen. Thanks for that”

Michael Sheen was in those movies, but he’s also arguably one of the best things in those movies.

David James’ expression is something along the lines of  “I know you’re going to compliment my tie pattern as cover for the fact that you’re going to be taking more photos of my girlfriend than you are of me” . And….. erm….

David James’ expression is something along the lines of “I know you’re going to compliment my tie pattern as cover for the fact that you’re going to be taking more photos of my girlfriend than you are of me”. And….. erm….

Oh, hey, it’s Nadiya Bychkova. It’s okay, I have David James’ implied consent to take this photo. (I’m using an exceedingly loose definition of the word ‘implied consent’ here)

Oh, hey, it’s Nadiya Bychkova. It’s okay, I have David James’ implied consent to take this photo. (I’m using an exceedingly loose definition of the word ‘implied consent’ here)

Nadiya Bychkova’s dress is independently quite impressive. And transparent, now that I’ve uploaded it and come to notice it.

Nadiya Bychkova’s dress is independently quite impressive. And transparent, now that I’ve uploaded it and come to notice it.

Megan McKenna, per the helpful folk at Wikipedia, is “ an English television personality, singer and businesswoman ”, whereas despite my skillz in karaoke rap, I continue to be none of those things.

Megan McKenna, per the helpful folk at Wikipedia, is “an English television personality, singer and businesswoman”, whereas despite my skillz in karaoke rap, I continue to be none of those things.

“Don’t feel too bad. If you’re stuck with a Y-chromosome you’re always going to struggle to be a good businesswoman”.  Excellent point. I’ll stop trying immediately.

“Don’t feel too bad. If you’re stuck with a Y-chromosome you’re always going to struggle to be a good businesswoman”. Excellent point. I’ll stop trying immediately.

I don’t know who this is, or (given it’s not exactly in focus) why I posted this photo. Call me a fan of perfectly arranged bow-ties if you want.

I don’t know who this is, or (given it’s not exactly in focus) why I posted this photo. Call me a fan of perfectly arranged bow-ties if you want.

“Okay, so I optimistically attached a pre-tied bowtie to my neck without realising it was metal-clasp based. Stop taking photos and get me one… possibly four… bandaids.”   Mollie King is/was a member of the band The Saturdays, and I’m just making that up with the neck injury (do you think I wouldn’t post the photo if that had really happened?)

“Okay, so I optimistically attached a pre-tied bowtie to my neck without realising it was metal-clasp based. Stop taking photos and get me one… possibly four… bandaids.”
Mollie King is/was a member of the band The Saturdays, and I’m just making that up with the neck injury (do you think I wouldn’t post the photo if that had really happened?)

“But what if the ball was vaguely banana-shaped?” ”Well then it wouldn’t be called FOOTBALL” ”I assure you it can be, and is”  Well, I’m from Australia and I’m going to keep calling Rugby League “Football” (quietly, and in private) until I’m told to stop. Harry Kane, above, meanwhile, is a footballist (I hope that’s what they’re called?) - the current England team captain, no less.

“But what if the ball was vaguely banana-shaped?”
”Well then it wouldn’t be called FOOTBALL”
”I assure you it can be, and is”

Well, I’m from Australia and I’m going to keep calling Rugby League “Football” (quietly, and in private) until I’m told to stop. Harry Kane, above, meanwhile, is a footballist (I hope that’s what they’re called?) - the current England team captain, no less.

“Your selfie is fine without me in it, honestly.”

“Your selfie is fine without me in it, honestly.”

Jermaine Jenas, meanwhile, is also from the field of Soccer/Football - previously a player, until injuries forced him into retirement, and he’s currently a football/soccer pundit. I, meanwhile (and inevitably) am kind of sad that the sweet beanie in the background on the left is so out of focus that I can’t make out the team its wearer supports. Is it “raiders”?

Jermaine Jenas, meanwhile, is also from the field of Soccer/Football - previously a player, until injuries forced him into retirement, and he’s currently a football/soccer pundit. I, meanwhile (and inevitably) am kind of sad that the sweet beanie in the background on the left is so out of focus that I can’t make out the team its wearer supports. Is it “raiders”?

“I think you might have mistakenly forgot to include the “Sir” in that request…”  It’s Oscar-winning actor (Gandhi, 1982) Ben Kingsley!! (I’m sorry : SIR Ben Kingsley!!)

“I think you might have mistakenly forgot to include the “Sir” in that request…”
It’s Oscar-winning actor (Gandhi, 1982) Ben Kingsley!!
(I’m sorry : SIR Ben Kingsley!!)

“No need to point there. I’m aware of its approximate location”  I’m not entirely sure who this is, but he looks similar to director Ken Loach, whose “   Sorry We Missed You   ” had its London premiere last week.

“No need to point there. I’m aware of its approximate location”
I’m not entirely sure who this is, but he looks similar to director Ken Loach, whose “Sorry We Missed You” had its London premiere last week.

This, per wireimage, is Victoria Ekanoye and Kevin McHale - She is arguably best known for being in the soap ‘Coronation Street’, while he is either a former actor in the TV series “Glee” or a 61 year old former basketballer from the Boston Celtics. (Thank you for the disambiguation option, Wikipedia!)

This, per wireimage, is Victoria Ekanoye and Kevin McHale - She is arguably best known for being in the soap ‘Coronation Street’, while he is either a former actor in the TV series “Glee” or a 61 year old former basketballer from the Boston Celtics. (Thank you for the disambiguation option, Wikipedia!)

“The dress isn’t missing ANYTHING - Asymmetry is IN this year, and there’s still almost two months to go”  Anita Rani is a broadcaster/journalist, and excitingly, the orange exterior pocket on my jacket means that what I’m wearing right now is ALSO asymmetrical!

“The dress isn’t missing ANYTHING - Asymmetry is IN this year, and there’s still almost two months to go”
Anita Rani is a broadcaster/journalist, and excitingly, the orange exterior pocket on my jacket means that what I’m wearing right now is ALSO asymmetrical!

“Damn straight, it’s a brown suit jacket and black turtleneck. You’re just pissed off that you didn’t think of it…. Ma’am”  Greg Rutherford won a Gold in the long jump at the 2012 London Olympics, and an additional bronze in Rio De Janeiro four years later. And it’s a pretty sweet look. My beanie is a thinsulate, and that’s about it.

“Damn straight, it’s a brown suit jacket and black turtleneck. You’re just pissed off that you didn’t think of it…. Ma’am”
Greg Rutherford won a Gold in the long jump at the 2012 London Olympics, and an additional bronze in Rio De Janeiro four years later. And it’s a pretty sweet look. My beanie is a thinsulate, and that’s about it.

Dianne Buswell’s smile faded about three frames later when her eyes rested on my camera. I mean.. I’m used to confusion when people notice the Pentax, but the NIKON? What’s that all about?

Dianne Buswell’s smile faded about three frames later when her eyes rested on my camera. I mean.. I’m used to confusion when people notice the Pentax, but the NIKON? What’s that all about?

The reason I decided not to colour-correct this photo of the lady I now know to be Coronation Street’s Helen Flanagan is because… wow… her eyes are blue even when the light on them is bathed in RED.

The reason I decided not to colour-correct this photo of the lady I now know to be Coronation Street’s Helen Flanagan is because… wow… her eyes are blue even when the light on them is bathed in RED.

“Thanks for your half-hearted effort to also highlight how awesome my necklace is”  At first (and possibly second) glance it looks like somebody metal-coated one of those gingerbread/cinnamon biscuits they hand out with coffee at some of the classier (or more Italian) cafes.

“Thanks for your half-hearted effort to also highlight how awesome my necklace is” At first (and possibly second) glance it looks like somebody metal-coated one of those gingerbread/cinnamon biscuits they hand out with coffee at some of the classier (or more Italian) cafes.

“Look Ma, no necklace!”  - I’m not sure ‘no necklace’ is a thing, but if it is then it’s also a thing I haven’t done since about 2006.

“Look Ma, no necklace!” - I’m not sure ‘no necklace’ is a thing, but if it is then it’s also a thing I haven’t done since about 2006.

Amber Davies’ claim to fame is…. erm…. <scoots off to Wikipedia> apparently winning the third season of a TV series called “Love Island” in 2017. My proposed alternative, “Hate Island” is basically just Battle Royale, I guess…. but with celebrities, which I think would make it better. (I kid because I’m ignorant)

Amber Davies’ claim to fame is…. erm…. <scoots off to Wikipedia> apparently winning the third season of a TV series called “Love Island” in 2017. My proposed alternative, “Hate Island” is basically just Battle Royale, I guess…. but with celebrities, which I think would make it better. (I kid because I’m ignorant)

“The tie you’re not wearing…” ”I don’t want to talk about it” ”But we saw it..” ”I said I don’t want to talk about it”  Louis Walsh is (….once again I’m off to Wikipedia…) best known for being a judge on X-Factor from 2004 to 2017, and being manager of the bands Boyzone and Westlife in the 1990s/00s.

“The tie you’re not wearing…”
”I don’t want to talk about it”
”But we saw it..”
”I said I don’t want to talk about it”

Louis Walsh is (….once again I’m off to Wikipedia…) best known for being a judge on X-Factor from 2004 to 2017, and being manager of the bands Boyzone and Westlife in the 1990s/00s.

At this point I’m going to be feeling a lot more guilty next time Wikipedia makes a call for donations to maintain its services, because I’m using it a LOT tonight. Turns out Susanna Reid is a Television Personality who hosted “BBC Breakfast” from 2003-2014, and “Good Morning Britain” from 2014 to date.

At this point I’m going to be feeling a lot more guilty next time Wikipedia makes a call for donations to maintain its services, because I’m using it a LOT tonight. Turns out Susanna Reid is a Television Personality who hosted “BBC Breakfast” from 2003-2014, and “Good Morning Britain” from 2014 to date.

“And you’re absolutely certain that tie belonged to Louis Walsh? Good to know…”  This, I’m assured is Amanda Holden… and I’m sure she’s hosted one or more shows on television or something but right now I’m not willing to go and check. Hope her legs (?) heal, though.

“And you’re absolutely certain that tie belonged to Louis Walsh? Good to know…”
This, I’m assured is Amanda Holden… and I’m sure she’s hosted one or more shows on television or something but right now I’m not willing to go and check. Hope her legs (?) heal, though.

“I heard Simon Cowell is also coming to this thing.”  I heard he went in via a side-entrance. I still haven’t photographed him.

“I heard Simon Cowell is also coming to this thing.”
I heard he went in via a side-entrance. I still haven’t photographed him.

Holly Willoughby is… you know… wearing a dress on a carpet in London. That’s all I have for now. Let’s just say that by now the fact I don’t pay for a TV License because I don’t watch TV is becoming fairly evident to anyone reading this.

Holly Willoughby is… you know… wearing a dress on a carpet in London. That’s all I have for now. Let’s just say that by now the fact I don’t pay for a TV License because I don’t watch TV is becoming fairly evident to anyone reading this.

Frank Lampard is …. a football (aka. soccer) player…. I’m going to say?  (Edited to add : former player - currently the head coach of Chelsea, and according to sources who may or may not be - once again - Wikipedia - “widely considered to have been one of the greatest midfielders of his generation” - the only midfielder to have ever scored more than 150 goals in the premiere league.)

Frank Lampard is …. a football (aka. soccer) player…. I’m going to say? (Edited to add : former player - currently the head coach of Chelsea, and according to sources who may or may not be - once again - Wikipedia - “widely considered to have been one of the greatest midfielders of his generation” - the only midfielder to have ever scored more than 150 goals in the premiere league.)

Yeah… I think it’s time to go.

Yeah… I think it’s time to go.

So….. much like 2017 and 2018, I feel the Pride of Britain Awards have given me a chance to demonstrate how ill-equipped I continued to feel to comment authoritatively on most elements of British Culture. So… thanks for that - anything that keeps me relatively humble is probably a good thing.

Until next time!

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