When are the National Television Awards 2021 and who are the nominees?

By Talya Honebeek

One of the glitziest nights in the TV calendar is finally back, as the National Television Awards return for 2021 after a 20-month absence.

Line of Duty leads the star-studded shortlist of nominees, with the hit BBC One police drama up for Returning Drama, as well three nods for Best Drama Performance for the main stars of AC-12.

Elsewhere, Ant and Dec will face competition from This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond as the Geordie hosting duo aim to bag their 20th consecutive award for Best TV Presenter.

Comedian and The Masked Singer host Joel Dommett will be on hand to host the 2021 NTAs ceremony, which will be broadcast live from London’s O2 Arena tonight.

Voting is still open and you have until midday today to have your say and vote for your favourites on the NTAs website before the winners are revealed at tonight’s ceremony.

But who’s in the running for an award tonight? Here’s the full list of National Television Awards 2021 nominations for each category:

National Television Awards 2021 nominations list

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


TV Presenter

Alison Hammond

Ant and Dec

Bradley Walsh

Holly Willoughby

Piers Morgan


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 - Line of Duty

David Tennant - Des

Martin Compston - Line of Duty

Olly Alexander - It’s A Sin

Vicky McClure - 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 - Hollyoaks

Danny Dyer - EastEnders

Mollie Gallagher - Coronation Street

Sally Carman - Coronation Street

Quiz Game Show

Beat the Chasers

Celebrity Catchphrase

In For A Penny

Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel


Emile John - Emmerdale

Jude Riordan - Coronation Street

Olivia D’Lima - Casualty

Rhiannon Clements - Hollyoaks

Rose Ayling-Ellis - EastEnders


Loose Women

The Chase

The Repair Shop

This Morning


After Life

Friday Night Dinner

Sex Education

The Vicar of Dibley

The National Television Awards 2021 will be broadcast live on ITV tonight, Thursday, September 9, from 7.30pm

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