NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS 2017: LONGLIST NOMINATIONS REVEALED 129

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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YOUR ULTIMATE TV GUIDE: WHO’S APPEARING ON WHAT? 30

Here is your guide to the upcoming TV appearances, from The Voice to Sounds Like Friday Night, awards show to chat shows.

SOUNDS LIKE FRIDAY NIGHT – FRIDAY 13 APRIL @ 19.30 ON BBC ONE
Greg James is joined in the studio by special guest Lily Allen. Returning with her first new album in four years, Lily performs two tracks, including her latest single Higher. Sam Smith treats Dotty to an exclusive performance when she meets him backstage at the O2 as he embarks on a world tour. Singer-songwriter James Bay also returns with new music, performing his single Wild Love live in the studio. Australian chart-toppers 5 Seconds of Summer give a special performance of Want You Back – the lead single from their highly anticipated third album.

There is also part two of Dotty’s trip to Tokyo to meet Little Mix – this week they take on Sounds Like Friday Night’s 60 Seconds of Song challenge. How many of their hits can they cram into one minute?

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 13 APRIL @ 22.35 ON BBC ONE
Graham is joined by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Oscar-nominated star of Moonlight and James Bond Naomie Harris, starring together in monster movie Rampage, and Sherlock and The Hobbit star Martin Freeman, appearing in horror anthology Ghost Stories. Roger Daltrey performs his new single As Long as I Have You.

ZOE BALL ON SATURDAY – SATURDAY 14 APRIL @ 08.30 ON ITV
To kick start her brand new show Zoe Ball will be joined by Hollywood actor Michael Sheen, Geordie comedian Chris Ramsey and Radio 1 DJ Greg James. Plus, there’s music in the studio from award-winning US band Walk The Moon.

HARRY HILL’S ALIEN FUN CAPSULE – SATURDAY 14 APRIL @ 19.30 ON ITV
Helping Harry Hill fill the fun capsule and prevent an alien invasion this week are, comedian Micky Flanagan, political journalist Robert Peston, Coronation Street actor Sally Dynevor, and broadcasting legend Anneka Rice.

ZOE BALL ON SUNDAY – SUNDAY 15 APRIL @ 08.30 ON ITV
Zoe Ball eases us into Sunday morning, with celeb chats and music from singer-songwriter Lissie. Plus, The Saturdays’ Mollie King meets Hollywood stars Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning – find out what they make of Zoe’s ‘bag of balls’!

LOOSE WOMEN – MONDAY 16 TO FRIDAY 20 APRIL @12:30 ON ITV
On Monday, Boy George drops by to talk about the upcoming Culture Club tour. Tuesday sees Brian Conley reveal all about his new show Buy It Now. Amanda Redman drops by on Wednesday to discuss the latest series of The Good Karma Hospital, while American actress Kathleen Turner drops in on Thursday. Finally, joining the girls on Friday will be music icons Shaggy and Sting

CELEBRITY JUICE – THURSDAY 19 APRIL @ 22.00 ON ITV2
Joining the panel this week is TV presenter Scarlett Moffat, First Dates Fed Sirieix and Geordie funny man Chris Ramsey.

SOUNDS LIKE FRIDAY NIGHT – FRIDAY 20 APRIL @ 19.30 ON BBC ONE
Greg James and Dotty present and are joined by Canadian chart topper Shawn Mendes. With over four billion views online, Shawn performs two songs live in the studio. Indie rockers The Vaccines perform their new single I Can’t Quit, while Brits Critic Choice winner Jorja Smith delivers a special performance of her track Blue Light.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 20 APRIL @ 22.35 ON BBC ONE
Graham is joined by Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, playing Dr Strange in Avengers: Infinity War, Matt LeBlanc, playing himself in the final series of Episodes, actress Maxine Peake, playing a 70s club comedian in Funny Cow and Mary Berry and Claudia Winkleman talking about new BBC1 show Britain’s Best Cook. Plus music from Calvin Harris featuring Dua Lipa, performing new single One Kiss.

CELEBRITY JUICE – THURSDAY 26 APRIL @ 22.00 ON ITV2
Joining the panel this week are pop sensation John Newman and Celebrity Juice regular Gino ‘Sheffield’ D’Acampo.

HOLLYOAKS CONFIRMS SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER STORYLINE 31

Hollyoaks are set to launch a powerful new mental health storyline for Alfie Nightingale as he starts hearing a voice and is diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder.

The teenager has been struggling to cope with life since the loss of his soulmate Jade Albright and his loved ones started to fear that he was exhibiting odd behaviour when he worked on a robot to replace Jade.

But in coming weeks, when a voice in Alfie’s head starts communicating with him and ordering him to do things, it becomes clear that things are extremely serious. And Hollyoaks has been working with the charity Mind to ensure that it represents the condition with sensitivity and accuracy.

The storyline, which will form part of the soap’s award-winning #DontFilterFeelings campaign

In episodes due to air at the beginning of April, Alfie will freak out when a voice in his head tells him not to trust his family and when he tries to ignore it and goes stargazing with Ellie, he is continuously plagued by the voice which is warning him off.

It is just the beginning of a difficult journey for Alfie who will be given the diagnosis, which involves patients experiencing psychotic symptoms not dissimilar to schizophrenia and the mood symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Richard Linnell who plays Alfie said: ‘I feel deeply honoured to have been trusted with such a strong and complex story for Alfie. We’ve been working closely with both Mind, and talking to people who have been kind enough to share their personal experiences of the condition.

‘It’s going to be a tumultuous road ahead for Alfie and in telling a deeply truthful, powerful story we hope to continue to break down the stigmas surrounding mental health as a whole.’

A spokesperson for Mind added: ‘We are so pleased that Hollyoaks are tackling the mental health condition Schizoaffective Disorder and have enjoyed working with them over many months. We know that when done well soap storylines can have a really positive affect on a huge audience, changing attitudes and encouraging people to seek help.’

As part of the #DontFilterFeelings campaign, which has included other storylines such as Scott’s depression and Lily’s self harm, Hollyoaks also sought the help and advice of mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin, who helped to create the acclaimed Channel 4 documentary Stranger On A Bridge.

He said: ‘It was a real privilege to work with Hollyoaks on this storyline. The soap has done fantastic work in increasing understanding and reducing stigma attached to mental health issues in the past. The team I worked with were wonderful.

‘I really hope this storyline will make an impact on public perception of Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, which has for too long been misconceived and feared. I’m so pleased Hollyoaks have been brave and bold enough to tackle this sensitive subject.’

The storyline kicks off on Wednesday 4th April at 7pm on E4.