Ant and Dec are up for three gongs at this year’s National Television Awards – and their toughest rivals may well be themselves.
The Geordie pair are nominated twice in the best entertainment programme category for presenting ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
Ant and Dec, who also present ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, are up against Big Brother and the Paul O’Grady Show, both nominated for their final seasons after being axed by Channel 4.
Ant and Dec’s third nomination comes in the Entertainment Presenter category, where they are up against the ITV show Xtra Factor’s Holly Willoughby, and the comedy presenter Michael McIntyre, who last year established himself as one of the UK’s hottest new comics with his Comedy Roadshow on BBC One.
The duo, who started their career as PJ and Duncan on kids’ TV series Byker Grove and had brief fame as a pop act before reverting to their real names, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, are now at the peak of their success as TV presenters.
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway has already won more than 20 awards, including the National Television Award's Most Popular Entertainment Presenter gong three years running from 2006. They are also in talks to launch the show in the US.
Other nominations in this year’s awards include three Davids - A Touch Of Frost star David Jason, Doctor Who’s David Tennant and Shameless actor David Threlfall - all of whom will take on Philip Glenister of Ashes To Ashes for the Drama Performance award.
Coronation Street dominates the Serial Drama Performance category, with nominations for Gray O'Brien, Katherine Kelly and Simon Gregson. EastEnders star Lacey Turner will also compete.
The final round of voting is open for the awards, which will be handed out on January 20 at London's O2 arena. The ceremony will be hosted for the first time by Dermot O'Leary, and broadcast live on ITV1 from 7.30pm.
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