National Television Awards unveils 2019 contenders

It's been a vintage year for the small screen

The National Television Awards (NTAs) have unveiled the contenders for 2019, with Jodie Whittaker and Richard Madden among the contenders.

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The new Doctor has been nominated on the long list (Credit: BBC)

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The annual television awards ceremony revealed its long list of nominees in all 14 categories on Tuesday (16.09.18), with voting now officially open for all members of the public to decide who takes home the coveted trophies when the ceremony takes place at The O2 London on January 22 2019.

Keeley Hawes and Richard Madden, The Bodyguard
Bodyguard’s Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes are both up (Credit: BBC)

Leading the hopefuls is Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker, who made her debut as the time travelling alien earlier this month, and will be making a bid for the Drama Performance award.

She’ll face competition from Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes, who made the list for their performances on Bodyguard, whilst Sandra Oh and Jodie Corner will also fight for the gong thanks to their roles in Killing Eve.

Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer has been given the nod (Credit: BBC)

Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw are up for the same gong for A Very English Scandal, as are Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar, who both starred in Unforgotten.

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The Unforgotten is in with a shout (Credit: ITV)

This year sees the introduction of a new category, entitled New Drama, which honours the host of new shows which have launched in the past year, including Bodyguard, A Very English Scandal, Killing Eve, Trauma, Strangers, and Bancroft.

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Robbie Williams will do battle in the ‘judges’ category (Credit: ITV)

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Meanwhile, the TV judge gong will see X Factor newcomer Robbie Williams take on key judging contenders from the likes of Strictly Come Dancing, Great British Bake Off, and Britain’s Got Talent.

And elsewhere, Emmerdale will be looking to nab another trophy for Serial Drama, which would make it a third win in a row for the ITV soap.

Voting for the NTAs can be done via their website at . The vote opens today, and closes on October 26.

2019 NTA Categories:

Quiz Show

New Drama

Talent Show


TV Presenter

Factual Entertainment

Drama Performance

The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award

Serial Drama

Serial Drama Performance




TV Judge

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