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Television's biggest night of the year
The National Television Awards, aka NTAs, is the UK’s top TV awards event celebrating the most loved stars and shows of the small screen. The public chooses the winners in a nationwide poll with votes placed by mail, telephone or online. Each year the results are unveiled during a spectacular ceremony full of live music and guest performances that’s also broadcast on ITV.
The inaugural National Television Awards took place in 1995 at Wembley Conference Centre. Eamonn Holmes was the presenter while the hugely popular series Soldier Soldier claimed the Drama prize and Julie Goodyear was the Special Recognition winner.
From 1996 to 2008, the NTAs were held at London’s Royal Albert Hall with Trevor McDonald as the host. In 2009, the timing was changed from October to January, so there ended up being no event that year. In 2010, the ceremony moved to The O2 with Dermot O’Leary presenting through 2019, followed by David Walliams in 2020.
Over the years, Special Recognition winners have included everyone from Jeremy Clarkson and Simon Cowell to Jamie Oliver, Sir David Attenborough, Graham Norton, Joanna Lumley and many more.
Sam Aston of Coronation St. became the youngest NTA winner ever when he was named Best Newcomer at the age of 11 in 2004. Other highlights have included Blue Planet II receiving the Impact award in 2018, with the audience giving it the longest standing ovation to date – which lasted six minutes and 15 seconds.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers moved the 2021 National Television Awards to 9 September. Comedian Joel Dommett was the host.
The 2021 National Television Awards will take place on 9 September 2021.
The 2021 National Television Awards returns to The O2 in London. The NTAs have been held there since 2010.
Tickets for the 2021 National Television Awards show are on sale now.