NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS 2017: LONGLIST NOMINATIONS REVEALED 51

Today, the eagerly awaited contenders for the National Television Awards have been revealed and voting has officially opened across the UK.

The power is now in the hands of viewers, as the public vote for the TV stars and shows they love. On the 25th January 2017, stars will gather at The O2 London for a glittering extravaganza hosted by Dermot O’Leary. O’Leary himself is nominated for a hat-trick of awards, including TV Presenter.

This year sees the introduction of a brand new category, Period Drama which celebrates the huge international appeal and high production values of our home-grown historical drama. ITV’s Victoria and BBC1’s Poldark renew their Sunday night ratings rivalry by competing for the prize. From bodice-rippers to whodunits, new arrivals The Durrells, War & Peace and And Then There Were None also appear, alongside returning favourites Call The Midwife and Endeavour.

Poldark’s Aidan Turner and Victoria’s Jenna Coleman also go up against each other as television’s hottest stars are both contenders in Drama Performance – will Aidan fend off the challenge or will Jenna be crowned victorious?

In Drama, the main hopefuls boast blockbuster ratings, crowd-pleasing plots and compelling characters. Will the long-awaited Cold Feet comeback edge out stylish spy thriller The Night Manager? Crime sagas Happy Valley and Marcella could also take the prize. Or will global hit Game of Thrones slay the competition?

There’s one television phenomenon that’ll soon be looking very different: The Great British Bake Off. Will Mary, Mel and Sue’s valedictory series rise to the top in The Challenge Show category? This award acknowledges the addictive nature, talking point appeal and sheer entertainment value of reality elimination series. Also included are contests from sunnier climes I’m A Celebrity ..Get Me Out Of Here! and Love Island. Or do Britons prefer the home charms of The Great British Sewing Bee or The Apprentice?

TV Judge category hails the crucial role and cult appeal of our iconic talent show judges. Will it be BGT’s clown prince David Walliams or talent show king Simon Cowell? Bake Off stars Paul Hollywood or Mary Berry, or will Len Goodman – set to waltz off Strictly for the final time after a 12-year tenure – win in this category? Or maybe comeback kids Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne have the X Factor that voters are looking for?

Comedy sees edgy breakout hit Fleabag taking on both a rebooted Porridge and Sir David Jason’s Still Open All Hours. The coveted Talent Show prize is a clash between those schedule-dominating, ratings-grabbing entertainment juggernauts Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing. Will conjuring, crooning or choreography get the nation’s vote?

In TV Presenter…Mel & Sue go up against Ant & Dec, and a host of television’s best-loved star name contenders. A great summer of sport also sees Gary Lineker nominated for his Presenter duties during Euro 2016 (and for bravely fronting Match of the Day in his pants!), while Clare Balding’s gold-medal-worthy hosting of the Olympics gets a well-deserved nod. And let’s not forget Adam Hills, whose nightly editions of The Last Leg brought wit and great gags to C4’s Paralympics coverage.

In Serial Drama, EastEnders has romped to victory for the past two years. Can Coronation Street or ever-thrilling Emmerdale take back the prize? Or will Hollyoaks or one of the Aussie soaps, Home and Away or Neighbours,steal their thunder.

And the 2017 NTAs also finds on-demand services rewarded for the stand-out content that’s changing the way we view television. Binge-watch favourites Stranger Things, Making a Murderer and Transparent are all in contention for the top awards. Is this the year they steal the trophies away from prime-time main terrestrial TV?

The National Television Award shortlist will be announced in January when the final round of voting begins. Hundreds of stars and thousands of fans will join host Dermot O’Leary for the biggest night in British TV at The O2 London on the 25th January, when the results will be revealed LIVE at the National Television Awards broadcast on ITV.

Viewers can vote free online at nationaltvawards.com OR by simply calling up a voting form on 0844 646 2060. Calls cost 5p plus your network access charge. Voting closes at 11pm on Sunday 23rd October 2016.

The full list of nominations are below:

DRAMA
1. Casualty
2. Cold Feet
3. Death In Paradise
4. Game Of Thrones
5. Happy Valley
6. Homeland
7. Line Of Duty
8. Marcella
9. Midsomer Murders
10. National Treasure
11. Scott & Bailey
12. Shetland
13. Silent Witness
14. The Fall
15. The Night Manager
16. The Walking Dead
17. Thirteen
18. Undercover
19. Unforgotten
20. Vera

PERIOD DRAMA
1. And Then There Were None
2. Brief Encounters
3. Call The Midwife
4. Deutschland 83
5. Doctor Thorne
6. Endeavour
7. Grantchester
8. Peaky Blinders
9. Poldark
10. Ripper Street
11. Stranger Things
12. The Durrells
13. The Last Kingdom
14. The Secret Agent
15. The Young Montalbano
16. Victoria
17. War & Peace

CHALLENGE SHOW – DEFINITION: REALITY ELIMINATION SHOW
1. Bake Off Crème De La Crème
2. I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
3. Love Island
4. MasterChef
5. The Apprentice
6. The Great British Bake Off
7. The Great British Sewing Bee
8. The Jump

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME
1. A League Of Their Own
2. A Question Of Sport
3. All Star Mr & Mrs
4. Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
5. Big Star’s Little Star
6. Catchphrase
7. Celebrity Juice
8. Celebrity Mastermind
9. Chelsea
10. Have I Got News For You
11. Lip Sync Battle UK
12. Michael McIntyre’s Big Show
13. Murder In Successville
14. Ninja Warrior UK
15. Play To The Whistle
16. Pointless Celebrities
17. Room 101
18. Take Me Out
19. The Chase: Celebrity Special
20. The Getaway Car
21. The Graham Norton Show
22. The Jonathan Ross Show
23. The Last Leg
24. The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List
25. Tonight At The London Palladium
26. University Challenge
27. Would I Lie To You?
28. You’re Back In The Room

FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT
1. Ambulance
2. Antiques Roadshow
3. Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!
4. Countryfile
5. Davina McCall: Life At The Extreme
6. DIY SOS: The Big Build
7. Eat Well for Less?
8. Fake or Fortune?
9. Gogglebox
10. Gogglesprogs
11. Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough
12. Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport
13. How To Stay Young
14. Hugh’s War on Waste
15. Joanna Lumley’s Japan
16. Karl Pilkington: The Moaning Of Life
17. Killer Women With Piers Morgan
18. Las Vegas With Trevor McDonald
19. Long Lost Family
20. Making A Murderer
21. Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs
22. Tattoo Fixers
23. The Chronicles Of Nadiya
24. The Cruise
25. The Hunt
26. The Insider
27. The Real Marigold Hotel
28. Top Gear

COMEDY
1. Benidorm
2. Birds Of A Feather
3. Boomers
4. Citizen Khan
5. Fleabag
6. Landmark Sitcom Season: Porridge
7. Mrs Brown’s Boys
8. Newzoids
9. Orange Is The New Black
10. Plebs
11. Still Open All Hours
12. The Big Bang Theory
13. The Windsors
14. Tracey Ullman’s Show
15. Transparent
16. Upstart Crow

DAYTIME
1. Alphabetical
2. Antiques Road Trip
3. Bargain Hunt
4. Call The Council
5. Cash Trapped
6. Come Dine with Me
7. Council House Crackdown
8. Father Brown
9. Flog It!
10. Food: Truth Or Scare
11. Homes Under The Hammer
12. Judge Rinder’s Crime Stories
13. Moving On
14. Pointless
15. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
16. Rip Off Britain
17. The Chase
18. The Coroner
19. The Doctor Blake Mysteries
20. The Housing Enforcers
21. The Jeremy Kyle Show
22. Tipping Point

LIVE MAGAZINE SHOW
1. BBC Breakfast
2. Good Morning Britain
3. Loose Women
4. Lorraine
5. Sunday Brunch
6. The One Show
7. The Wright Stuff
8. This Morning
9. Victoria Derbyshire

NEWCOMER
1. Bharti Patel, Sister Ruhma Hanif, Doctors
2. Duncan James, Ryan Knight, Hollyoaks
3. Emily Head, Rebecca White, Emmerdale
4. Faye Brookes, Kate Connor, Coronation Street
5. Lloyd Everitt, Jez Andrews, Casualty
6. Tilly Keeper, Louise Mitchell, EastEnders

SERIAL DRAMA
1. Coronation Street
2. Doctors
3. EastEnders
4. Emmerdale
5. Hollyoaks
6. Home and Away
7. Neighbours

SERIAL DRAMA PERFORMANCE
1. Ashley Taylor Dawson, Darren Osborne, Hollyoaks
2. Ben Price, Nick Tilsley, Coronation Street
3. Cameron Moore, Cameron Campbell, Hollyoaks
4. Charlotte Bellamy, Laurel Thomas, Emmerdale
5. Connor McIntyre, Pat Phelan, Coronation Street
6. Danny Dyer, Mick Carter, EastEnders
7. Danny Miller, Aaron Dingle, Emmerdale
8. Diane Parish, Denise Fox, EastEnders
9. Dido Miles, Dr Emma Reid, Doctors
10. Gillian Kearney, Emma Barton, Emmerdale
11. Harry Reid, Ben Mitchell, EastEnders
12. Helen Worth, Gail Rodwell, Coronation Street
13. Ian Midlane, Dr Al Haskey, Doctors
14. Jack P Shepherd, David Platt, Coronation Street
15. Jane Danson, Leanne Battersby, Coronation Street
16. Jennifer Metcalfe, Mercedes McQueen, Hollyoaks
17. Jessica Fox, Nancy Osborne, Hollyoaks
18. John Middleton, Ashley Thomas, Emmerdale
19. Kieron Richardson, Ste Hay, Hollyoaks
20. Kym Marsh, Michelle Connor, Coronation Street
21. Lacey Turner, Stacey Fowler, EastEnders
22. Matthew Wolfenden, David Metcalfe, Emmerdale
23. Natalie J Robb, Moira Dingle, Emmerdale
24. Shona McGarty, Whitney Dean, EastEnders
25. Sophie Porley, Ellie Nightingale, Hollyoaks
26. Steve McFadden, Phil Mitchell, EastEnders

TALENT SHOW
1. Britain’s Got Talent
2. Strictly Come Dancing
3. The X Factor

NB: The Voice UK has not gone forward due to the change of channel

TV JUDGE
1. Alesha Dixon, Britain’s Got Talent
2. Amanda Holden, Britain’s Got Talent
3. Benoit Blin, Bake Off Crème De La Crème
4. Bruno Tonioli, Strictly Come Dancing
5. Cherish Finden, Bake Off Crème De La Crème
6. Claire Clark, Bake Off Crème De La Crème
7. Craig Revel Horwood, Strictly Come Dancing
8. Darcey Bussell, Strictly Come Dancing
9. David Walliams, Britain’s Got Talent
10. Esme Young, The Great British Sewing Bee
11. John Torode & Gregg Wallace, MasterChef
12. Len Goodman, Strictly Come Dancing
13. Lord Sugar, The Apprentice
14. Louis Walsh, The X Factor
15. Mary Berry, The Great British Bake Off
16. Nicole Scherzinger, The X Factor
17. Patrick Grant, The Great British Sewing Bee
18. Paul Hollywood, The Great British Bake Off
19. Sharon Osbourne, The X Factor
20. Simon Cowell, Britain’s Got Talent / The X Factor

DRAMA PERFORMANCE
1. Adrian Lester, Nick Johnson, Undercover
2. Aidan Turner, Ross Poldark, Poldark / Philip Lombard, And Then There Were None
3. Alexander Dreymon, Uhtred, The Last Kingdom
4. Amanda Mealing, Connie Beauchamp, Casualty
5. Andrea Riseborough, Danielle Finchley, National Treasure
6. Anna Friel, DS Marcella Backland, Marcella
7. Brenda Blethyn, DCI Vera Stanhope, Vera
8. Charles Dance, Justice Lawrence Wargrave, And Then There Were None
9. Cillian Murphy, Tommy Shelby, Peaky Blinders
10. Douglas Henshall, DI Jimmy Perez, Shetland
11. Eleanor Tomlinson, Demelza Poldark, Poldark
12. Emilia Fox, Dr. Nikki Alexander, Silent Witness
13. Fay Ripley, Jenny Gifford, Cold Feet
14. Gillian Anderson, DSI Stella Gibson, The Fall
15. Heida Reed, Elizabeth Poldark, Poldark
16. Helen George, Trixie Franklin, Call The Midwife
17. Hermione Norris, Karen Marsden, Cold Feet
18. Hugh Laurie, Richard Roper, The Night Manager
19. James Nesbitt, Adam Williams, Cold Feet
20. James Norton, Sidney Chambers, Grantchester / Tommy Lee Royce, Happy Valley / Andrei Bolkonsky, War & Peace
21. Jamie Dornan, Paul Spector, The Fall
22. Jenna Coleman, Queen Victoria, Victoria
23. John Thomson, Pete Gifford, Cold Feet
24. Josh O’Connor, Larry Durrell, The Durrells
25. Julie Walters, Marie Finchley, National Treasure
26. Keeley Hawes, Louisa Durrell, The Durrells / DI Lindsay Denton, Line Of Duty
27. Kris Marshall, DI Humphrey Goodman, Death In Paradise
28. Lesley Sharp, DC Janet Scott, Scott & Bailey
29. Lily James, Natasha Rostova, War & Peace
30. Linda Bassett, Nurse Phyllis Crane, Call The Midwife
31. Maeve Dermody, Vera Claythorne, And Then There Were None
32. Matthew Macfadyen, Edmund Reid, Ripper Street
33. Neil Dudgeon, DCI John Barnaby, Midsomer Murders
34. Nicola Walker, DCI Cassie Stuart, Unforgotten
35. Olivia Colman, Angela Burr, The Night Manager
36. Paul Dano, Pierre Bezukhov, War & Peace
37. Penelope Wilton, Pauline Spake, Brief Encounters
38. Robbie Coltrane, Paul Finchley, National Treasure
39. Robert Bathurst, David Marsden, Cold Feet
40. Robson Green, DI Geordie Keating, Grantchester
41. Rufus Sewell, Lord Melbourne, Victoria
42. Sarah Lancashire, Sgt. Catherine Cawood, Happy Valley
43. Shaun Evans, Endeavour Morse, Endeavour
44. Sir Tom Courtenay, Eric Slater, Unforgotten
45. Sophie Okonedo, Maya Cobbina, Undercover
46. Sophie Rundle, Stephanie Kirke, Brief Encounters
47. Suranne Jones, DI Rachel Bailey, Scott & Bailey
48. Toby Jones, Verloc, The Secret Agent
49. Tom Hiddleston, Jonathan Pine, The Night Manager
50. Tom Hollander, Dr Thomas Thorne, Doctor Thorne / Lance Corkoran, The Night Manager
51. Tom Hughes, Prince Albert, Victoria
52. Vicky McClure, DC Kate Fleming, Line Of Duty / Winnie, The Secret Agent

TV PRESENTER
1. Adam Hills
2. Alex Jones
3. Alexander Armstrong
4. Ant & Dec
5. Ben Shephard
6. Bradley Walsh
7. Caroline Flack
8. Clare Balding
9. Claudia Winkleman
10. Davina McCall
11. Dermot O’Leary
12. Emma Willis
13. Fiona Bruce
14. Gary Lineker
15. Graham Norton
16. Holly Willoughby
17. James Corden
18. Jonathan Ross
19. Keith Lemon
20. Matt Baker
21. Mel & Sue
22. Michael McIntyre
23. Nick Knowles
24. Nicky Campbell
25. Paddy McGuinness
26. Paul O’Grady
27. Phillip Schofield
28. Piers Morgan
29. Reggie Yates
30. Richard Osman
31. Rochelle Humes
32. Rylan Clark-Neal
33. Shane Richie
34. Sir Trevor McDonald
35. Stephen Mulhern
36. Sue Barker
37. Tess Daly

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ITV CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR HIGHLIGHTS 2017 REVEALED 14

A sleigh full of specials, across entertainment, drama, comedy and factual entertainment, will decorate the ITV schedule this Christmas, with an added festive helping of exciting free-to-air film premieres, with Jurassic World and Spectre coming to terrestrial television for the first time.

Chigwell’s favourite trio return to ITV with a feature length one-off Christmas special of Birds of a Feather. Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph reprise their roles as Sharon, Tracey and Dorien in a new adventure for the ladies. (9pm Monday December 18th).

Then to the London Palladium, where Miranda Hart hosts an unforgettable evening of entertainment in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Royal Variety Performance, where a wide range of internationally acclaimed acts and West End stars are brought together for one night only on a single stage.(7.30pm Tuesday December 19th).

The heroes behind the uniforms will be celebrated and honoured in this one off Christmas special on ITV, A Night For The Emergency Services. Presented by Ashley Banjo and Diversity, the show will feature talented members of the emergency services performing alongside special celebrity guests including Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, Leona Lewis and Tokio Myers. (9pm Wednesday December 20th).

Next ITV has a Christmas special with renowned chefs Gordon Ramsay and Gino D’Acampo alongside First Dates Maître D Fred Siriex, in which Gino and Gordon will lay on a spectacular banquet for the heroes of 2017. Working against the clock they’ll be assisted by a number of famous faces as the two teams compete to serve the most impressive festive menu. Charming Maître D Fred will not only be tasked with running the service but he’ll be wrangling the results from our deserving diners, whilst keeping the self assured Brit and the feisty Italian apart. Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Great Christmas Roast will be full of festive delight, celebrating great food and even greater Britons. (9pm Thursday December 21st).

The Pub Landlord is back this Christmas to host a one-off festive special with Al Murray’s Make Christmas Great Again where the country’s favourite landlord will be behind the bar for a festive lock-in, with a host of special guests, interviews and sketches, the ultimate public house party. (9pm Friday December 22nd).

On Christmas Eve afternoon ITV will be making a festive splash in Cannonball: Christmas Special, with Freddie Flintoff, Frankie Bridge, Radzi Chinyanganya, Ryan Hand and Maya Jama. (4pm Sunday December 24th). 

Also on Christmas Eve, Bradley Walsh hosts a very special edition of The Chase. It’s a Christmas Chase: Celebrity Special as all five chasers try to catch Coronation Street star Patti Clare, comedian Matt Richardson, presenter Kirsty Wark and singer Jimmy Osmond. (5.50pm Sunday December 24th).

Next on Christmas Eve (6.40pm Sunday December 24th), West End legend Michael Crawford will guide seven well known celebrities through an all singing, all dancing musical theatre extravaganza, in All Star Musicals. Hosted by Freddie Flintoff, All Star Musicals features a cast of famous faces who will each perform an iconic number from a hit musical at the legendary London Palladium.

At 8.30pm on Christmas Eve Rowan Atkinson is back in 1950’s Paris, investigating another case inMaigret in Montmartre.(8.30pm Sunday December 24th).

Christmas Day treats include 60 minute specials of Coronation Street (8pm) and Emmerdale (5.50pm), and Paul O’Grady will be back at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on his Christmas mission to find new homes for more adorable four-legged friends, in Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs at Christmas.(7pm)

Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes will be back, in a feature length festive special of ITV’s epic period drama, Victoria at 9pm on Christmas Day.

On Boxing Day, Ed Chamberlin hosts live racingaction from the Winter Festival at Kempton Park and the Yorkshire Christmas meeting at Wetherby. He is joined at Kempton Park for expert analysis by AP McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald, with reporters Oli Bell, Luke Harvey, and Rishi Persad, Matt Chapman with the latest betting news, and Richard Hoiles in the commentary box. 

On Boxing Day too, ITV will bring viewers the terrestrial TV premiere of Jurassic World (6.40pm Boxing Day).

On December 30th, viewers are invited to Guess The Star as Jonathan Ross hosts a brand new one-off game show where five well-known stars are completely transformed into their favourite musical icon for a performance. The programme pits three celebrity teams against each other to try and deduce who the disguised stars are, in the shortest time possible. (7pm Saturday December 30th)

On New Year’s Eve, ITV cordially invite you to A Right Royal Quiz (3.30pm Sunday December 31st), Britain’s first ever panel show about the Royal Family and a celebratory and affectionate look at the Royals and the country’s obsession with them. Hosted by Fern Britton, two Royal-loving celebrity teams battle it out to win the prize, the ‘Crown of Right Royalness’. There will also be new Cannonball: Splash Hits (6.50pm Sunday December 31st).

On New Year’s Day Ed Chamberlin kick offs the New Year with the ITV Racing team live at Cheltenham for four races from the home of the National Hunt and two races from Musselburgh. Ed is joined for expert analysis at Cheltenham by Mick FitzGerald and Luke Harvey, with reporting from Rishi Persad and Alice Plunkett, commentary from Richard Hoiles and Sally Ann Grassick reporting from Musselburgh.

New Year’s Day also marks the free-to-air premiere that evening of the latest Bond film, Spectre (8pm January 1st).

Films across the Christmas holiday period on ITV include seasonal treats The Holiday, Santa Claus The Movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Jack Frost, plus family favourites Despicable Me, and Despicable Me 2, the Harry Potter and Hobbit films, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Mr Bean’s Holiday and Babe.

LOVE ISLAND STARS KEM AND AMBER SPLIT 15

Reality TV stars Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies have announced their split.

The couple, who met on Love Island this summer, blamed hectic schedules for the decision, which they said was made with “sadness”.

In a statement they said: “With sadness, we’ve decided to separate. We fell in love in the villa and want to thank all the fans of the show for supporting us.

“Our schedules made it difficult. We’ll remain good friends.”