Celebrity Culture: National Television Awards 2020 longlist: David Walliams confirmed to host silver anniversary show

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Celebrity Culture: National Television Awards 2020 longlist: David Walliams confirmed to host silver anniversary show

Celebrity Culture:

The 2020 National Television Awards (NTA) longlist has been revealed ahead of the star-studded ceremony, which will take place in January next year. 

David Walliams, 48, has been confirmed as the brand new host for the celebratory silver anniversary show, as voting in the 14 categories officially launches nationwide, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, 34, looking set to continue her awards spree.

This year, the NTAs has also reintroduced the Challenge category to reflect the number of shows putting the public through its paces, with newcomers The Circle and Race Across The World taking on established favourites like Love Island and The Great British Bake Off.

The 2020 National Television Awards (NTA) longlist: David Walliams, 48, has been confirmed as the brand new host for the celebratory silver anniversary show

Global phenomenon Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been riding high in the US, bagging three Emmys for her efforts.

She looks set to make it a triumphant homecoming with Killing Eve nominated for Drama and Fleabag for Comedy. 

In fact, comedy has had a stellar 12 months with a triumphant second season for Derry Girls and massive acclaim for Ricky Gervais’s After Life, with both shows also among the Comedy contenders.

It’s been a big year for New Drama, with surveillance culture coming under the spotlight in The Capture and a new spin was put on period drama in Gentleman Jack.

Awards galore: As voting in the 14 categories officially launches nationwide, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, 34, looking set to continue her awards spree

Hot stuff: After winning three Emmys She looks set to make it a triumphant homecoming with Killing Eve (pictured) nominated for Drama and Fleabag for Comedy

Other acclaimed hits in this category include Chernobyl, Cleaning Up, Mrs Wilson, World On Fire and A Confession.

Returning favourites Line of Duty, Peaky Blinders, Call The Midwife, Victoria and Vera are all vying for votes in the fiercely fought Drama category.

They will battle it out with Poldark, which saw Aidan Turner brooding one final time on Cornish cliffs as the series bowed out. 

The autumn months have certainly been enlivened by RuPaul’s Drag Race UK which makes the list of shows vying for The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award following its very recent debut on BBC Three.

Up for a challenge? This year, the NTAs has also reintroduced the Challenge category to reflect the shows putting the public through its paces, with newcomer The Circle on the longlist

Newcomer: RuPaul’s Drag Race UK which makes the list of shows vying for The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award following its very recent debut on BBC Three

Our favourite Talent Show formats have introduced some fresh twists with The X Factor: Celebrity and Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions. Both are up against ratings winner Strictly Come Dancing. 

EastEnders and Coronation Street will attempt to break Emmerdale’s three-year hot streak in the Serial Drama category.

Of course, Ant & Dec lead those on the longlist in the TV Presenter category, which they have won for a staggering 18-years straight.

This year’s longlists also demonstrate the growth of streaming services, with record numbers of nominations for Amazon Prime (Good Omens, The Grand Tour, The Boys) and its rival streaming giant Netflix (Sex Education, Stranger Things, Black Mirror : Bandersnatch, The Sinner).

The line-up: Ant & Dec lead those on the longlist in the TV Presenter category, which they have won for a staggering 18-years straight [pictured at the 2018 NTAs in January]

The power is now in the hands of viewers, as the great British public choose their most beloved TV stars and shows ahead of the 25th National Television Awards show with its brand new host.

The shortlist will be announced in January when the final round of voting begins. 

On 28th January 2020, hundreds of famous faces and thousands of fans will gather at The O2 London for the star-studded extravaganza, presented for the first time by David Walliams, when the winners will be announced live.

It’s the biggest night in British broadcasting, aired live on ITV – and with the NTAs celebrating its silver anniversary year, there are even more surprises than usual in store. 

Switching it up: David Walliams replaces Dermot O’Leary at the NTAs host

HOW TO VOTE 

You can vote for your TV favourites online at nationaltvawards.com OR simply call 0844 646 2060 for a voting form.

Calls cost 5p plus your network access charge. Voting opens at 00.01 Tuesday 15th October and closes at 11pm Friday 25th October 2019. 

Winners will be announced at the ceremony on ITV on 28th January. Full voting terms and conditions at nationaltvawa

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