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NTAs voting begins... and it's a Bodyguard battle with Keeley Hawes against Richard Madden!


Which Bodyguard star will scoop the prize as the NTAs nomineees list is at last revealed..? Or might someone else claim the gong?

Celebrate amazing television talent as The National Television Awards are back on ITV on January 22nd hosted by Dermot O’Leary live from London’s O2.

Voting on the NTAs long list nominations begins today (October 16th) and there are some huge battles to look out for, including both Bodyguard stars Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes up against each other for Drama Performance - and they'll be facing Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, as well as Jodie Whittaker's Time Lord for the award!

Killing Eve - Jodie Comer

Villanelle (Jodie Comer) (Image credit: Sid Gentle Films/Robert Viglasky)

A brand new category arrives this year for New Drama and this sees Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw’s A Very English Scandal (pictured below), which followed the secret gay life of Jeremy Thorpe MP, taking on Bodyguard, Killing Eve, The Split and Vanity Fair among others.

A very English scandal Hugh Grant Ben Whishaw

(Image credit: BBC/Blueprint Television Ltd)

The soaps are always a strong category. Will those heartfelt performances by Bonnie Langford and Davood Ghadami (aka Carmel and Kush Kazemi) help EastEnders to success for its moving and upsetting knife-crime story which saw the murder of young Shakhil. Or could David Platt's's attack by Josh Tucker and the McDonalds' wedding shenanigans give Corrie the edge?

Then there's Ross Barton's horrendous acid attack that could help Emmerdale top the poll...

Carmel and Kush's EastEnders grief

Carmel and Kush's EastEnders grief

We all love to laugh but Peter Kay’s Car Share came to a poignant end, but there are other strong contenders for the Comedy award, too, including Mrs Brown’s Boys. And there’s a big cookery showdown for Factual Entertainment Series where it’s The Great British Bake Off versus Masterchef.

If you want to see the NTAS for yourself you can be there at the O2 on the night by getting tickets at also vote for your TV favourites free online or call 0844 646 2060 for a voting form (calls cost 5p plus your network access charge).

Voting closes at 11pm on October 26th.