Ant and Dec lead TV award nominations

Ant and Dec are up for three gongs at this year’s National Television Awards (NTA) in the UK – facing tough competition from themselves in one category.

The Geordie pair are nominated for 'Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway' – as well as 'I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' – for best entertainment programme.

The category also includes 'Big Brother', which is being axed this year after a decade, and 'The Paul O’Grady Show', which saw host O’Grady bid an emotional farewell to viewers last month.

In the talent show category, 'The X Factor' takes on 'Strictly Come Dancing', 'Britain’s Got Talent' and 'Dancing On Ice'. 'Strictly' waltzed off with the trophy last year.

The entertainment presenter section sees Ant and Dec battle it out with O’Grady and first-time NTA shortlisters Holly Willoughby and Michael McIntyre.

Three Davids – 'A Touch Of Frost' star David Jason, David Tennant, who regenerated into Matt Smith in 'Doctor Who' on New Year’s Day, and 'Shameless' actor David Threlfall – take on Philip Glenister of 'Ashes To Ashes' in the drama performance nominations list.

The serial drama performance category includes three 'Coronation Street' stars - Gray O’Brien, Katherine Kelly and Simon Gregson – against 'EastEnder' Lacey Turner.

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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