I must confess that I’m not keen on the NTAs, mainly because I dislike awards being given to the “Most Popular” shows rather than “The Best” shows. Surely the viewing figures are all the indication you need to show a TV show is popular?
However, there are some things of interest in tonight’s ceremony, hosted by Dermot O’Leary. One of them is the “TV Presenter” category. It has been dominated for years and years by Ant and Dec, but there is speculation that for once they might be beaten by Mel and Sue, following from last year’s controversy of The Great British Bake Off switching channels and the hosts deciding to stay loyal to the BBC.
Elsewhere other shows that could be up for prizes include Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey, and there is the big battle between the soaps.
The National Television Awards is on ITV at 19.30.