The 19th National Television Awards will be broadcast LIVE from The 02 London tonight on ITV from 7.30pm. Hosted by Dermot O’Leary, the night honours television’s biggest stars in the only TV awards ceremony where all the winners are chosen by the public in a huge nationwide poll.
Celebrating the viewers’ love affair with crime-based shows, the National Television Awards have introduced a brand new category, TV Detective, where the nation’s favourite detectives - Olivia Colman and David Tennant from Broadchurch, Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch, Luther’s Idris Elba, Law & Order UK’s Bradley Walsh and Scott & Bailey’s Suranne Jones - battle it out to become the first to win this special award.
Last year Strictly Come Dancing upset The X Factor’s dominance of the Talent Show category, but can they do the double and take the prize again? Dancing On Ice, Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice UK complete the strong line-up.
2013 saw The Great British Bake Off find the right recipe, with record-breaking BBC2 viewing figures. The hugely popular cooking show faces tough competition from last year’s winner Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs, Top Gear and An Idiot Abroad to scoop the Factual Entertainment trophy.
Downton Abbey, which carried off the silverware in last year’s Drama category, faces a strong challenge from the gripping crime thriller Broadchurch, period drama Call The Midwife and the hugely popular Doctor Who fresh from its 50th year celebrations.
In a strong year for documentaries, Educating Yorkshire warmed hearts across the country with feel-good real-life stories, such as Musharaf Asghar who overcame his stammer with the help of his English teacher and a technique used by King George V. Inside Death Row with Trevor McDonald, Paul O’Grady’s Working Britain and Penguins - Spy in the Huddle complete the line-up.
The Serial Drama category is set to be one of the most hotly contested of the evening as the contenders and long-standing rivals Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks battle to reign supreme.
The Entertainment Presenter category sees NTA host Dermot O’Leary up against Ant & Dec who in 2014 notch up their 25th year in television and will be hoping to pick up their thirteenth consecutive Entertainment Presenter trophy. But Dermot and fellow nominees Keith Lemon, Alan Carr and Graham Norton have all made trips to the winner’s podium at previous NTAs too and will be looking to end the Geordie duo’s record-breaking run.