Shortlist Revealed for the 20th National Television Awards

The votes are in, the viewers have spoken and as the shortlist for the 20th National Television Awards is revealed and the final round of voting is open.

Presented by Dermot O’Leary, the National Television Awards will host the biggest stars of Britain’s best-loved shows at The O2, London on Wednesday 21st January 2015, live on ITV. This year, more votes than ever before have been cast and the shortlist reveals which shows and stars the public want to see collecting a prize on the night.

In the Drama Performance category, it’s detective versus Dowager as Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith vie for top place. Meanwhile, in Serial Drama Performance, the first couple of the Queen Vic go head-to-head – Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright have had an amazing year in Albert Square, but don’t rule out the competition: Donna’s emotional return to Emmerdale was superbly played by Verity Rushworth, while in Hollyoaks Nikki Sanderson’s domestic-abuse storyline gripped the fans.

Who is Britain’s favourite TV Judge? We need a judge as wise, witty and bold as all of our nominees put together to make that call: star makers Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are up against star baker Mary Berry. There’s nothing soggy bottomed about that line-up…

In Drama, international hits Downton Abbey, Sherlock and Doctor Who will be slugging it out for the prize where the Factual category has Gogglebox and Long Lost Family looking like the underdogs facing four-time winner Top Gear, but like Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs they will be gunning for ‘best in show’.

Ant & Dec rarely leave The O2 empty-handed but it’s never over till it’s over, and in the Entertainment Programme category, their Saturday Night Takeaway has some serious competition in the shape of Through the Keyhole, Celebrity Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity… (which is actually one of their shows too). And as for the Entertainment Presenter award, just because Ant and Dec have won it thirteen times in a row, it doesn’t mean this won’t be the year that Bradley Walsh, Keith Lemon or NTA host Dermot O’Leary snatches it from their grasp at last.

The explosion of choices and channels in the TV landscape is reflected in another new category, Multichannel – where the dragon-warriors of Game of Thrones will fight the walking dead of… The Walking Dead, and Keith Lemon’s Celebrity Juice will do innuendo battle with the party posse of Geordie Shore.

For a full list of categories and your chance to vote, visit Tune in on Wednesday 21st January 2015 for the results, live on ITV!