17 Aug National Television Awards 2021: Line Of Duty, It’s A Sin and The Crown among shows up for honours | Ents & Arts News
Line Of Duty, It’s A Sin and Normal People are among the shows shortlisted for the National Television Awards, organisers have revealed.
Elsewhere, Britain’s Got Talent and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! hosts Ant and Dec will be hoping to add another best presenter award to their trophy cabinet – a win would make it their 20th in a row.
In the drama performance category, all three of the main stars of anti-corruption police series Line Of Duty – Adrian Dunbar (Ted Hastings), Martin Compston (Steve Arnott) and Vicky McClure (Kate Fleming) – will compete against each other.
They are up against Olly Alexander for his performance in It’s A Sin, a critically acclaimed five-part series about a group of friends living in London during the AIDS crisis, and David Tennant for Des, a drama about serial killer Dennis Nilsen.
Des and It’s A Sin are also nominated for the best new drama prize, alongside period romp Bridgerton and the hit adaptation of author Sally Rooney’s Normal People – although the critically acclaimed and BAFTA-winning I May Destroy You, Michaela Coel‘s powerful series about consent, missed out.
Line Of Duty, Call The Midwife, Unforgotten and The Crown are nominated for the returning drama prize.
Also shortlisted alongside Ant and Dec in the TV presenter category are The Chase star Bradley Walsh, This Morning stars Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond, and Piers Morgan, whose nomination comes following his departure from Good Morning Britain over comments made about the Duchess of Sussex in March.
A documentary about late Love Island presenter Caroline Flack has been shortlisted for the factual prize. The programme, called Caroline Flack: Her Life And Death, featured family and friends – including her mum and twin sister, and stars Olly Murs and Dermot O’Leary – speaking openly about how she was affected by fame and social media.
It is up against Gogglebox; Gordon, Gino And Fred: American Road Trip; and Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs.
A new category of authored documentary has also been introduced this year, following the success of celebrity-led factual programmes.
TV presenter Kate Garraway is in the running for her emotional look at how her husband was affected by COVID-19 in Finding Derek, along with Manchester United and England footballer Rashford for Feeding Britain’s Children, about his campaign for free school meals.
Price’s Harvey and Me; Rob Burrow’s My Year With MND; and Roman Kemp’s Our Silent Emergency are also up for the award.
Soaps Emmerdale, Coronation Street, EastEnders and Hollyoaks are all up for best serial drama, while in the talent show category, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Britain’s Got Talent and Strictly Come Dancing are up against The Masked Singer, which is nominated for the first time.
Hosted by comedian and presenter Joel Dommett, the National Television Awards will take place in London on 9 September.