Line of Duty, It’s A Sin and Bridgerton have made the long-list for the forthcoming National Television Awards.
The annual awards show will return to London’s O2 arena on September 9th, with Joel Dommett set to host for the first time, taking the reins from David Walliams.
This year, more streamed shows have been nominated than ever before, with Netflix period romp Bridgerton and The Queen’s Gambit making the Best New Drama list, alongside Disney+ shows The Mandalorian and WandaVision.
Popular: Line Of Duty is among a host of hit shows to feature on the long-list for this year’s National Television Awards
The Drama Performance category sees Line of Duty stars Adrian Dunbar, Martin Compston and Vicky McClure in contention for the prize, alongside Olly Alexander for It’s a Sin.
Other nominees include Brenda Blethyn for Vera, Helen George for Call the Midwife, and Gillian Anderson for her transformation into Margaret Thatcher for series four of Netflix drama The Crown.
Police drama Line of Duty – which topped 15 million viewers – is also in contention for the Returning Drama prize along with Call the Midwife, Unforgotten and Vera.
Success: This year, more streamed shows have been nominated than ever before, with Netflix period romp Bridgerton and The Queen’s Gambit making the Best New Drama list
Recognition: Olly Alexander’s starring role in It’s a Sin has earned him a nomination in the Drama Performance category
The NTAs have also announced a brand new category, Authored Documentary, which sees Kate Garraway’s moving feature, Kate Garraway: Finding Derek nominated for its warts-and-all account of her husband Derek Draper’s coronavirus battle.
Last year celeb-lead documentaries were entered into the Factual Entertainment category, with Jesy Nelson winning the gong for her powerful show Odd One Out on her mental health battles.
This year Finding Derek has been nominated alongside Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power, Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children, Katie Price: Harvey and Me, Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum, and Zara McDermott: Revenge Porn.
Three’s company: Line of Duty stars Adrian Dunbar, Martin Compston and Vicky McClure are also in contention for the Drama Performance award, while the show features separately in the Returning Drama category
In the mix: Brenda Blethyn features in the Drama Performance for her role as crime-solving Vera
Competition: Call The Midwife is another nominee in the hotly contested category
New Drama, meanwhile, sees Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You, It’s a Sinand Normal People receive nods.
Elsewhere, The Masked Singer has been nominated for its first NTA, with the madcap singing competition facing a battle with I’m A Celebrity… Get me Out of Here!, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Strictly Come Dancing for the Talent Show award.
The revival of Spitting Image, which was off screens for 24 years, is nominated in the Comedy category, while soaps Emmerdale, Coronation Street, EastEnders and Hollyoaks are up for Best Serial Drama.
New category: The National Television Awards have added a new category celebrating celebrity-led documentaries, with Kate Garraway on the longlist for Finding Derek
The longlist for the NTAs opened on Tuesday, and the public will be able to vote online until Friday June 4.
New host Dommett recently admitted he is ‘honoured’ to have been selected to front the spectacle.
He said in a statement: ‘It’s a huge honour to be hosting the NTAs this year! It still feels like someone has made a wonderful error.
Powerful: Named Authored Documentaries, the category features 18 standout shows from the year, including Leigh-Anne: Race Pop and Power
‘I really, really love TV and can’t wait to celebrate the best stuff from what’s been a very weird year or so.’
The comedian also joked he is hoping The Masked Singer will be successful on the night so he can present himself with a prize.
He quipped: ‘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.’
Emotional: Last year celeb-lead documentaries were entered into the Factual Entertainment category, with Jesy Nelson winning the gong for her powerful show Odd One Out
WHO MADE THE AUTHORED DOCUMENTARIES LONGLIST?
Freddie Flintoff: Living with Bulimia
Zara McDermott: Revenge Porn
Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children
Rio and Kate: Becoming a Stepfamily
Kate Garraway: Finding Derek
Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power
Alex Brooker: Disabiltity and Me
Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum
Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause
John Bishop’s Great Whale Rescue
Michah Richards: Tackling Racism
Ian Wright: Home Truths
Rob Burrow: My Year With MND
Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency
Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me
Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World
Inside Chernobyl with Ben Fogle
Katie Price: Harvey and Me
NTA’s 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 at the helm.
‘With his wit and natural charisma, he’ll definitely be bringing a fresh approach to this year’s awards.’
Earlier this year, it was announced the NTAs, which usually takes place in January, had been rescheduled for September 9, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
New host: Joel Dommett has signed up to host the National Television Awards in the autumn, after the COVID-19 pandemic scuppered plans for a January ceremony. Pictured in 2019
Kim said at the time: ‘The NTAs will return to The O2 London in September to mark the UK’s best, boldest and most beloved TV shows with a surprise-packed event – and we look forward to seeing you on the night for a celebration like no other.”
David Walliams hosted the event in January 2020 after taking over from Dermot O’Leary, who presented the spectacle from 2010 to 2019.
The shortlist will then be announced in August when the second stage of voting begins ahead of the ceremony on Tuesday September 9 at The O2 in London.
The host with the most: Joel is enjoying success as host of The Masked Singer. Pictured with show judges (L-R) Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross