ANT and Dec are celebrating an incredible 20th year in a row of being nominated for the National Television Awards’ TV Presenter gong.
Three of their shows are up for silverware too: Saturday Night Takeaway, I’m A Celebrity and Britain’s Got Talent, which they front alongside judge Alesha Dixon.
Also in the running for accolades are This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond, though co-host Phillip Schofield misses out.
Piers Morgan is shortlisted despite storming off Good Morning Britain in an on-air row over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s sensational interview with Oprah Winfrey.
A telly insider said: “The NTAs produce surprises year in, year out. Just when you think a show or a TV star is a shoo-in, the voters deliver a shock.
“Changing viewing habits throw a few curveballs into the nominations too. Some of the biggest shows in the running are coming from Netflix.”
Joel Dommett will make his debut hosting the bash at London’s O2 Arena on September 9.
From 2010 to 2019 Dermot O’Leary presented the awards — which are decided by the public — before David Walliams took the reins last year. ITV’s Saturday-night smash The Masked Singer, which Joel presents, is nominated for Talent Show.
Bridgerton is in the running for New Drama
BBC1 cop thriller Line Of Duty is up for a Drama award in the wake of its explosive sixth season. Stars Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar will go head to head for the Drama Performance gong.
Netflix period bonkbuster Bridgerton is in the running for New Drama while The Crown, off the back of its fifth season, is nominated for Returning Drama.
The streaming giant has two of the four Comedy nominees, with Sex Education and Ricky Gervais’s After Life.
A surprise New Drama nomination comes for It’s A Sin, Channel 4’s examination of the emerging Aids crisis in the Eighties. Its star Olly Alexander, the musician who performs as Years & Years, is up for Drama Performance.
He takes on telly heavyweight David Tennant for his turn as serial killer Dennis Nilsen in ITV’s Des.
Bosses added two new awards this year. The Authored Documentary category includes nominations for former model Katie Price, for Harvey And Me, and campaigning England footballer Marcus Rashford for Feeding Britain’s Children.
The shortlist for Quiz Game Show includes Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel and Beat The Chasers.
Its host Bradley Walsh is up for TV Presenter.
Now viewers who whittled down the longlist can vote to decide which shows and their stars are worthy of bagging an award.
- AND you could be there! Book your tickets now for the most spectacular and star-studded night in the television calendar! Head over to nationaltvawards.com/tickets.
HOW TO VOTE:
- Vote free online at nationaltvawards.com OR by phoning 0905 647 2021.
- Calls cost 25p per minute, plus your network access charge, and should last no longer than seven minutes. Votes must be in by midday on Thursday, September 9, 2021. All new votes will be added to those already submitted in the first round of voting. Results will be revealed at the NTA ceremony, live on ITV from The O2 London on September 9, 2021, from 7.30pm.
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