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NTA Awards 2021: What time is it on, who is hosting, who has done it before and who is nominated?

Tonight, TV stars from across the nation will be in attendance at the National Television Awards 2021 in the hope of bagging coveted awards.

Taking place at The O2 in London, celebrities including Holly Willoughby, Piers Morgan, Alison Hammond and Adrian Dunbar will find out if they’ve won their respective accolades, which have been voted for by the public.

The most prestigious award of the NTAs is the Special Recognition award, which has previously been awarded to individuals including Sir Michael Palin, Bruce Forsyth, Joanna Lumley and David Tennant.

This is the only award not voted on by the public, as it is presented by the British National Television Awards to the chosen recipient.

Here’s all you need to know about tonight’s show.

What time is the NTAs on?

The NTAs will be airing live from 7.30pm tonight on ITV.

Alison Hammond is up for best TV presenter (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV)

The event will begin with a glitzy and glamorous red carpet at London’s O2, as the nation’s biggest names in TV don their gladrags for the star-studded event.

The awards will then be presented live, where fans will find out who has won the awards in categories including best newcomer, TV presenter, quiz game show and comedy.

Kate Garraway, whose documentary about her husband Finding Derek is shortlisted in the authored documentary category, recently said that she feels conflicted about attending the awards ceremony without Derek Draper, who spent a year in hospital after contracting coronavirus.

Alison Hammond, who is going up against Ant and Dec, Bradley Walsh, Piers Morgan and Holly Willoughby for the best TV presenter accolade, expressed her belief that a win for her would be a win ‘for everyone of colour’.

Kate said that she initially felt conflicted about attending the event (Picture: ITV)

Who is hosting?

This year, for the 26th NTAs, the event is being hosted by comedian and The Masked Singer UK presenter Joel Dommett.

Ahead of the live event, Joel – who finished second on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2016 – revealed the advice that former host Dermot O’Leary gave him.

Joel revealed that he went for lunch with Dermot, who was ‘wonderful’ as he gave him some guidance.

Joel is hosting the NTAs for the first time (Picture: Vincent Dolman/ITV)

‘It just points you in the right direction, really, which really helps,’ Joel told

‘At the end of the day, producers and the channel and people who have been there before can tell you one thing, but if you’ve never stood on stage holding that microphone at that particular event, it’s a different vibe.’

Who has hosted the awards ceremony before?

Joel is succeeding David Walliams as the presenter of this year’s NTAs, as the Britain’s Got Talent judge hosted in 2020.

Prior to David, Dermot hosted the event for 10 years straight, from 2010 to 2019, with his first year marking the first time it was held at The O2.

The role was previously held by Sir Trevor McDonald, who was the host from 1996 to 2008 at Royal Albert Hall, boasting the longest tenure of any NTAs host.

In the very first year of the event, which took place in 1995 at Wembley Conference Centre, it was helmed by This Morning star Eamonn Holmes.

Who is nominated at the 2021 NTAs?

National Television Awards 2021 shortlist of nominees


Loose Women
The Chase
The Repair Shop
This Morning

TV Presenter

Alison Hammond
Ant and Dec
Bradley Walsh
Holly Willoughby
Piers Morgan


After Life
Friday Night Dinner
Sex Education
The Vicar of Dibley

Challenge Show

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins
Love Island
The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Sewing Bee

New Drama

It’s A Sin
Normal People

Talent Show

Britain’s Got Talent
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Strictly Come Dancing
The Masked Singer

Authored Documentary

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

Returning Drama

Call the Midwife
Line of Duty
The Crown


Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death
Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

Drama Performance

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

Coronation Street

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
Celebrity Catchphrase
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)

Credit: Original article published here.

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