Since gracing our screens at the beginning of the 19/20 Premier League season, the video assistant referee (VAR) has captivated audiences around the globe.
So, it’s hardly surprising the hit new show has been nominated for Best New Drama at the upcoming National Television Awards in January 2020.
Ever since making its debut, VAR has titillated and tormented its viewers in equal measures with its non-stop twists and turns.
This weekend’s episode of VAR received a 9.7 rating on IMDB with many critics hailing it as the best yet.
“VAR is to the Premier League what The Sopranos was to HBO”, remarked esteemed TV critic Charlie Brooker.
“It’s the never-ending drama and high suspense! You’re never quite sure what’s going to happen next?”
Highlights from this particular instalment included Roberto Firmino’s armpit being ruled offside and 4-hour-delay during the Everton v Spurs game over a penalty decision.
Many feel VAR is just what the Premier League needed after the mixed reviews of the past three seasons.
“They never quite recaptured the magic of the 2015/16 season when Leicester won the league”, argued Ben Elton.
That was some of the best drama we’ve had on our screens for quite some time.
“People will talk about Game of Thrones, but that’s f**k all compared to a 5000-1 shot winning the title”.
“The past few seasons have been pretty predictable. City & Liverpool running away with it. United finishing 6th. You could see it coming before a ball was kicked”.
“But VAR has given the Premier League franchise a real shot in the arm. It’s what you’d call proper edge of your seat television”, added the 60-year-old.
VAR has been nominated in the Best New Drama category along with ‘Dublin Murders’, ‘Gentleman Jack’ and Chernobyl.
It’s understood that VAR star Martin Atkinson will accept the award on behalf of the cast and crew should they win.
The awards will be presented at the 02 in London and will be hosted by Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville.
Neville, who claims he’s giving Movember one last bash this year, tweeted:
“Almost looking forward to hosting the NTA 2020 alongside my gobby pal Jamie Carragher as I am United choosing their main penalty taker. It’s just not right. I don’t like it”.