The National Television Awards 2021, in partnership with us at What's On TV magazine, is giving our favourite TV stars the chance to line the red carpet in their best get-up to celebrate all things telly for the first time since the pandemic started. The NTAs 2021 is live on ITV from London’s 02 Arena on Thursday September 9 and The Masked Singer/Masked Dancer star Joel Dommett is hosting the glittering evening for the first time.
Joel told us: "It's a huge honour to be hosting the NTAs this year! It still feels like someone has made a wonderful error. I really really love TV and I can't wait to celebrate the best stuff from what's been a very weird year or so. I'm also really hoping The Masked Singer wins something so I can present an award to myself. That's a creative narcissist's DREAM!
"I’m really excited! It’s a huge night for TV, because there will be so many people in that room that won't have seen each other for a really long time. It’s going to be amazing to see an arena full of people again and it’s going to be a real celebration of the last two years of TV."
The NTAs Executive Producer, Kim Turberville, added: "We are so excited to be back to celebrate a remarkable TV year like no other. There is a wealth of great television to recognise and we are delighted to have Joel Dommett at the helm. With his wit and natural charisma, he'll definitely be bringing a fresh approach to this year's awards."
As well as all the awards being handed out by some special guests there are some performances on the night, including by JLS (scroll below for details).
National Television Awards 2021 air date
The National Television Awards 2021 is screened live on ITV from London’s 02 Arena on Thursday 9 September at 7.30pm.
National Television Awards 2021 — voting for shortlist nominees
Voting for The National Television Awards 2021 shortlist nominees is now over. Check out all the NTAs shortlist nominees and highlights are given below. Also check The National Television Awards 2021 website nationaltvawards.com for details. Winners of the NTAs 2021 will be given their awards at the ceremony live on ITV on Thursday September 9 2021.
National Television Awards 2021 — the shortlist nominees highlights
The National Television Awards 2021 is almost here, so here's our rundown of some of the NTAs 2021 shortlist nominees you can vote for, with Joel Dommett giving us an exclusive chat on his thoughts.
One of the biggest battles will see three Line of Duty co-stars – Adrian Dunbar, Martin Compston and Vicky McClure – go up against each other for Drama Performance, but they’ll face David Tennant for his serial killer drama Des, and Olly Alexander for Channel 4’s It’s A Sin, who both won critical acclaim for their outstanding performances. Meanwhile, New Drama, has both Des and It’s A Sin, against Netflix blockbuster Bridgerton, and BBC3's Normal People.
"Line of Duty stars Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar and Martin Compston have all been nominated which is really well deserved," Joel Dommett told us. "They’re up against David Tennant [Des] and Olly Alexander, who was brilliant in It’s A Sin. Even if I wasn’t supposed to be impartial, I couldn’t pick a winner!"
"It’s A Sin was one of the best things I’ve watched in my life, but Normal People will always hold a special place in my heart as it almost defined that first lockdown. There was so much doom and gloom, but everyone latched on to that amazing story."
There are still plenty of other telly favourites up for an NTA gong, including Sex Education, Friday Night Dinner, The Vicar of Dibley and After Life all fighting it out for the Comedy award, while Britain's Got Talent and Strictly Come Dancing are up against The Masked Singer and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK for Talent Show.
England striker Marcus Rashford may have lost out at the Euros, but he’s still in for a chance of an award in the NTA’s newest (and most emotional) category, Authored Documentary, with his inspiring show Feeding Britain’s Children. He’s against Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway, who allowed us to see how COVID-19 affected her husband in Finding Derek, and Roman Kemp, who opened up about male suicide in Our Silent Emergency.
Might this be Holly Willoughby’s year to steal Ant and Dec’s TV Presenter crown? The comedy duo have won for a record 19 years, but there’s stiff competition for Holly, with Bradley Walsh, Piers Morgan and Alison Hammond up for the gong.
There are plenty of other telly favourites hoping for an NTA trophy too, including Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Taskmaster, The Graham Norton Show and I’m a Celebrity… all fighting to win The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award.
The Masked Singer has been nominated in the Best Talent Show category, so does Joel think it could win?
"The Masked Singer was the perfect show for lockdown because we were all stuck inside and needed something to lift our spirits. It would be amazing if the show won, but it’s been a great year for Britain’s Got Talent, Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK and Strictly."
* See below for the full list of NTAs shortlist nominees.
A brand new category for The National Television Awards 2021…
Some of TV’s most famous faces got personal this past year, so the NTA’s newest category, Authored Documentary, recognizes a year of heart-breaking, headline-making films from the likes of GMB’s Kate Garraway who allowed us to see how the pandemic affected her family in Finding Derek, England football hero Marcus Rashford showing how he spearheaded a national campaign in Feeding Britain’s Children, while Roman Kemp investigated male suicide in Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency. Other shows in this category include Rob Burrow: My Year With MND and Katie Price: Harvey and Me.
Shortlisted soap nominees at the National Television Awards 2021…
As usual, soaps battle is set to be as intense as ever. Emmerdale has won Serial Drama four years in a row but can they beat off Corrie, EastEnders and Hollyoaks?
The Serial Drama Performance category is strong too, as it includes soaps favourite Danny Dyer from EastEnders, Mollie Gallagher and Sally Carman as Abi Franklin in Coronation Street, plus Billy Price in Hollyoaks.
The soaps are also fighting it out in for the Best Newcomer gong with Emmerdale star Emile John (aka Ethan), Corrie’s Jude Riordan (Sam) and EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis (Frankie) all in with a shout.
National Television Awards 2021 — all the shortlist nominees you can vote for in every category
Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins
The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Sewing Bee
It’s A Sin
Britain’s Got Talent
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Strictly Come Dancing
The Masked Singer
Kate Garraway: Finding Derek
Katie Price: Harvey and Me
Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children
Rob Burrow: My Year With MND
Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency
Call The Midwife
Line of Duty
Ant and Dec
Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death
Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs
Adrian Dunbar, Ted Hastings, Line of Duty
David Tennant, Dennis Nilsen, Des
Martin Compston, Steve Arnott, Line of Duty
Olly Alexander, Ritchie Tozer, It’s A Sin
Vicky McClure, Kate Fleming, Line of Duty
The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
The Graham Norton Show
Serial Drama Performance
Billy Price, Sid Sumner, Hollyoaks
Danny Dyer, Mick Carter, EastEnders
Mollie Gallagher, Nina Lucas, Coronation Street
Sally Carman, Abi Franklin, Coronation Street
Quiz Game Show
Beat the Chasers
In For A Penny
Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel
Emile John, Ethan Anderson, Emmerdale
Jude Riordan, Sam Blakeman, Coronation Street
Olivia D’Lima, Paramedic Fenisha Khatri, Casualty
Rhiannon Clements, Summer Ranger, Hollyoaks
Rose Ayling-Ellis, Frankie Lewis, EastEnders
The Repair Shop
Friday Night Dinner
The Vicar of Dibley
JLS will perform at the NTAs 2021...
Boyband JLS will be performing their brand new single Eternal Love (opens in new tab) at this year’s National Television Awards live on September 9. It's their first single in eight years so fans of the band who hit fame on The X Factor, will be eagerly awaiting the performance. The boys — Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, JB Gill and Oritse Williams — will also be belting out of some of their classic hits on the night.
National Television Awards 2021 — how to get tickets
Join host Joel Dommett and hundreds of stars at the dazzling star-studded event on Thursday 9 September 2021 at The O2 London by going to nationaltvawards.com to book tickets. Go to: www.nationaltvawards.com/tickets
National Television Awards 2021 host Joel Dommett — a quick guide
At 19 Joel moved from Gloucestershire to London in search of fame as a stand-up comedian. But his big telly break came in 2010 with a recurring role as DC Sweeney in E4’s Skins (currently on Netflix) before he landed a slot on Nicole Scherzinger’s team on Sky1’s 2015 panel show Bring The Noise. That led to a stint on I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! in 2016, where he came second behind Scarlett Moffatt.
In 2019 Joel was announced as the presenter of ITV’s The Masked Singer, for the show's UK launch. The show became a huge hit when it began airing in January 2020, with 10.5 million turning in to its series two finale. In the year after he started presenting the show, Joel appeared on 23 programmes across six channels, and he’s all set to host the equally bonkers The Masked Singer spin-off, The Masked Dancer, which kicks off on ITV on Saturday 29 May.
I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.
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