National Television Awards – the nominees

Find out which celebrities and shows have made the NTAs shortlist...

A year glued to your screens and now you’ve had your say. The shortlist for the National Television Awards 2012 has been announced, reflecting the opinions of dedicated viewers up and down the land.


Dermot O’Leary will host the star-studded event at London’s O2 Arena on 25 January – although he could be joining the queue to receive an award himself, as he’s up against regular winners Ant and Dec, as well as Keith Lemon and Michael McIntyre, in the entertainment presenter category.

Not surprisingly, the hugely popular Downton Abbey now has enough clout to take on perennial big hitter Doctor Who, Merlin and last year’s winner, Waterloo Road, for most popular drama.

No sign of any Downton stars in the male and female drama performance category, though, where Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Karen Gillan compete against Torchwood’s John Barrowman and Eve Myles, despite disappointing reviews for the Who spin-off itself last year.

The Only Way Is Essex beat Big Fat Gypsy Weddings to the YouTube Audience Award at the 2011 Baftas and both appear here, TOWIE in the reality line-up and BFGW in the factual group. Meanwhile, Dynamo: Magician Impossible squares up to Harry Hill’s TV Burp, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Take Me Out in the entertainment category.

As for the regulars, EastEnders has triumphed ten times to Coronation Street’s six, so it remains to be seen if the Street can improve on its score against the Square this year.

See the shortlisted nominees below, head over to to cast your votes (closes midday on 25 January), then tune in to ITV1 at 7:30pm on the same night to watch the live ceremony. And don’t miss our exclusive video message from host Dermot O’Leary

The National Television Awards shortlist 2012

Talent show
Britain’s Got Talent
Dancing on Ice
Strictly Come Dancing
The X Factor

Comedy panel show
Celebrity Juice
Have I Got News for You
Mock the Week

Serial drama
Coronation Street

Situation comedy

Doctor Who
Downton Abbey
Waterloo Road

Drama performance – male
John Barrowman – Torchwood
Martin Clunes – Doc Martin
Matt Smith – Doctor Who
David Threlfall – Shameless

Drama performance – female
Karen Gillan – Doctor Who
Jaye Jacobs – Waterloo Road
Suranne Jones – Scott & Bailey

Eve Myles – Torchwood

Serial drama performance
Katherine Kelly – Coronation Street
Alison King – Coronation Street
Danny Miller – Emmerdale
Jessie Wallace – EastEnders

Reality programme
Come Dine with Me
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
The Apprentice
The Only Way Is Essex

Factual programme
An Idiot Abroad
Big Fat Gypsy Weddings
This Morning
Top Gear

Talk show
Alan Carr: Chatty Man
Loose Women
The Graham Norton Show
The Jonathan Ross Show

Chris Fountain – Coronation Street
Chelsea Halfpenny – Emmerdale
Jacqueline Jossa – EastEnders

Entertainment presenter
Ant & Dec
Keith Lemon
Michael McIntyre
Dermot O’Leary


Entertainment programme
Dynamo: Magician Impossible
Harry Hill’s TV Burp
Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow
Take Me Out