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'National Television Awards 2021' — nominees, voting, news and air date for this year's NTAs

The National Television Awards 2021 host Joel Dommett.
The National Television Awards 2021 host Joel Dommett. (Image credit: ITV)

The National Television Awards 2021, in partnership with us at What's On TV magazine, will at long last give 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 is set to be screened live by ITV from London’s 02 Arena in September 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!"

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." 

National Television Awards 2021 air date

The National Television Awards 2021 will be screened live by ITV from London’s 02 Arena on Tuesday 9 September.

The National Television Awards 2021 are on their way!

The National Television Awards 2021 are on their way! (Image credit: ITV/Indigo TV)

National Television Awards 2021 — how to vote and get tickets

Voting for The National Television Awards 2021 longlist nominees has now finished — see our NTAs longlist nominee highlights below.  The National Television Awards 2021 shortlist will be revealed in August when the final round of voting begins. Check here and The National Television Awards 2021 website for details on when the shortlist nominees are announced and how to vote. Winners of the NTAs will be given their awards at the ceremony live on ITV on 9 September 2021. 
If you want to be part of the big night too, you can join host Joel Dommett and hundreds of TV stars at the dazzling event on September 9 2021 at London's O2 Arena. Just go to for tickets.

National Television Awards 2021 — the longlist nominees highlights

It’s been a year unlike any other for TV, with a huge number of varied shows watched by many of us while stuck indoors! So expect a mammoth number of nominees in this year's longlist voting for The National Television Awards 2021 as the NTAs celebrate all the dramas, entertainment shows, talent contests, comedies, documentaries and personalities that have made the biggest impact over the last 17 months. Here’s our rundown of some of the National Television Awards 2021 nominees you can vote for.

One of the most exciting battles in will be for Best New Drama. Among the nominees are Des, It’s A Sin, All Creatures Great and Small, Netflix blockbuster Bridgerton, Quiz, Normal People, The Salisbury Poisonings and the Small Axe series. But there are some surprises in the mix, too, including The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix), Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian (Disney+) and BBC2’s Mrs America

It’s an all-out battle for the Returning Drama category, too, as Line of Duty, The Crown, Last Tango In Halifax, Call The Midwife and Casualty take on the likes of Unforgotten, Doctor Who and Vera. You can also pick your favourite actors for the Drama Performance award with nominees including David Tennant for his mesmerising portrayal of creepy serial killer Dennis Nilsen in Des, John Boyega for Small Axe, Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor for playing Charles and Diana in The Crown along with Olivia Colman as the Queen, plus Line Of Duty stars Adrian Dunbar, Martin Compston and Vicky McClure, and the wonderful Brenda Blethyn as Vera

There are still plenty of other telly favourites up for an NTA gong, including Sex Education, Motherland, Friday Night Dinner, The Vicar of Dibley, Staged, Emily in Paris and Spitting Image (resurrected by BritBox) all fighting it out for the Best Comedy Award, while Strictly Come Dancing is up against The Masked Singer and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK for Best Talent Show.

Might this be Holly Willoughby’s year to steal Ant & Dec’s Best TV Presenter crown? The comedy duo have won for a record 19 years, but there’s stiff competition for Holly, with Bradley Walsh, Davina McCall, Dermot O’Leary, Graham Norton and her This Morning co-host Philip Schofield also up for the gong. The NTA’s host Joel Dommett is also a nominee, so could he surprise everyone and claim the prize? And with the voting soon open, it’s all up to you!

'National Television Awards 2021' voting: Call The Midwife is nominated.

'National Television Awards 2021' voting: BBC1's Call The Midwife is nominated. (Image credit: BBC)

Line of Duty

'National Television Awards 2021' voting: Will you choose Line Of Duty in the Retuning Drama category? (Image credit: BBC)

'National Television Awards 2021' voting: The Crown could prove popular for Netflix!

'National Television Awards 2021' voting: The Crown could prove popular for Netflix! (Image credit: Netflix)

All Creatures Great and Small.

'National Television Awards 2021' voting: All Creatures Great and Small will be a strong contender for New Drama. (Image credit: Channel 5)

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, recognize 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, Marcus Rashford showing how he spearheaded a national campaign in Feeding Britain’s Children, while brothers Rio and Anton Ferdinand were acclaimed for their films on stepfamilies and football racism respectively. And can Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock follow in the footsteps of her former bandmate Jesy Nelson by winning an NTA?

Leigh-Anne Pinnock

'National Television Awards 2021' voting: Leigh-Anne Pinnock presented a hard-hitting documentary on racism in the pop industry. (Image credit: BBC)

Soaps 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, Hollyoaks and the Aussie soaps? The Serial Drama Performance is strong too includes soaps favourites Tony Clay, Danny Dyer and Kelly Bright from EastEnders, David Neilson and Sally Carman in Coronation Street, plus Lisa Riley, Chris Bisson and Charlotte Bellamy in Emmerdale. 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’ Rose Ayling-Ellis (Frankie) all in with a shout.

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.

Trophy for The National Television Awards.

Trophy to be won for The National Television Awards 2021. (Image credit: ITV)