Line of Duty Criminals Face Off at National Television Awards


Line of Duty’s three main stars were all shortlisted for Best Dramatic Performance at this year’s National Television Awards.

o Fermanagh actor Adrian Dunbar, who runs the fictional AC-12 as Superintendent Ted Hastings, will face Martin Compston (DI Steve Arnott) and Vicky McClure (DI Kate Fleming) for the hotly contested gong.

The golden trio of the record breaking BBC drama, which is set in Belfast, faces competition from Olly Alexander, star of the critically acclaimed film It’s A Sin and David Tennant for Des, a drama about the killer in series Dennis Nilsen.

Line Of Duty was also shortlisted for the Comeback Drama Award, alongside Call the Midwife, Unforgotten and the lavish royal series The Crown.

Period drama Bridgerton, which stars Derry Girls actress Nicola Coughlan and Normal People, the hit series based on Irish writer Sally Rooney’s book, is nominated for Best New Drama. Des and It’s A Sin are also shortlisted in this category.

Michaela Coel’s powerful I May Destroy You series, which recently won two Baftas and was on the Long List, was not shortlisted.

Meanwhile, Piers Morgan was shortlisted for an NTA months after leaving Good Morning Britain.

The presenter left the ITV show in March following inflammatory comments about the Duchess of Sussex.

The 56-year-old continued to host Piers Morgan’s Life Stories interview show for the channel, recently sitting down with Labor frontman Sir Keir Starmer and actress Dame Joan Collins.

He’ll face Ant and Dec, Bradley Walsh and This Morning stars Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond for the NTA TV Presenter Award.

The documentary about late Love Island presenter Caroline Flack was shortlisted for the factual award.

Caroline Flack: Her Life And Death featured her family and friends, including Olly Murs and Dermot O’Leary, explaining how the presenter had been affected by her life in the limelight.

Flack committed suicide at the age of 40 on February 15, 2020, while awaiting trial for assault over an alleged attack on her boyfriend, Lewis Burton.

Gogglebox is also nominated in the category; Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip; and Paul O’Grady: For the love of dogs.

Kate Garraway is shortlisted in the New Author Documentary category for her poignant look at how the pandemic ravaged her family in Finding Derek.

The category was introduced following a wave of factual, celebrity-run programming.

Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford is also in the running for the BBC’s Feeding Britain’s Children, about the star’s campaign for free school meals; while Katie Price: Harvey and me; Rob Burrow: My year with MND; and Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency are also in the running.

Emmerdale, Coronation Street, EastEnders and Hollyoaks are all up for Best Drama Series, while in the talent show category, first-time nominee The Masked Singer is listed alongside RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Britain’s Got Talent. and Strictly Come Dancing.

– The National Television Awards, hosted by Joel Dommett, will take place in London on September 9.

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