National Television Awards 2011 on ITV1 tonight!

by Lisa McGarry

The biggest event in the TV calendar, the National Television Awards, returns to ITV1 on Wednesday 26th January from 7.30pm, live from the spectacular surroundings of the O2 Arena.

TV favourite Dermot O’Leary is back to host, presiding over the best known stars and most popular shows on the small screen as they battle it out to win TV’s top awards. Dermot himself is short listed in the Most Popular Entertainment Presenter category, alongside Ant and Dec, Davina McCall and Paul O’Grady.

The star studded ceremony is unique as the only television awards determined solely by the viewers, in a huge nationwide poll, with voting lines now open until 26th January.

Two new male stars who made a huge impact when they burst onto our screens taking over the title roles in hit series go head to head as Doctor Who’s Matt Smith clashes with Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch in the eagerly awaited National Television Awards.

Joining the Doctor and the Detective in the fiercely contested Drama Performance category are five-time NTA winner David Jason and Ashes to Ashes star Philip Glenister.

Both Smith and Cumberbatch find themselves in a double challenge as their shows go head-to-head in the Drama category. Both face competition here from Shameless and the compelling school drama Waterloo Road.

With Coronation Street currently celebrating its 50th Anniversary and making headlines after that tram crash, the stars of Weatherfield will be hoping to repeat last year’s NTA success with another win in the Serial Drama category. But as always EastEnders, who’ve just notched up their own 25th Anniversary, will give them a run for their money.

As the massively popular The X Factor prepares to conquer America will it be the viewers’ choice again in the Talent Show Category? Fierce rival Strictly Come Dancing has beaten it before and could waltz off with the prize again. Simon Cowell has a second contender here with Britain’s Got Talent. Dancing on Ice completes the list of nominees.

Get ready to make your vote count …

You can vote for your TV favourites by phone on 0901 888 2011. Calls cost no more than 26p per minute from a BT landline plus no more than a 12p connection charge. Calls should last no longer than 6 minutes. Calls from other networks may be higher and from mobiles will be considerably more.

Or you can vote free online at

New votes will be added to those submitted in the first round.

VOTING CLOSES midday 26th January 2011

Winners will be revealed at the biggest, most spectacular National Television Awards ever, LIVE from London’s O2 arena, Wednesday 26th January on ITV1. We can’t wait!

Host Dermot O’Leary will be inviting one lucky audience member up on stage on the night to present an NTA!!!

Wednesday, 26 January 2011, 7:30PM – 10:00PM ITV