Stars out for the National Television Awards

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Stars out for the National Television Awards

The National Television Awards take place this evening, with the great and the good gathered at the O2 arena in Greenwich with hopes of picking up a gong.

Dermot O’Leary is master of ceremonies this year. He has been nominated for Best Entertainment Presenter for the fifth year running, a category which has been won by Geordie duo Ant n’ Dec for 13 years.

Tonight’s awards will feature a tribute to the late Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride, who played Deidre Barlow.

Among the nominations have been Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock for Best Actor, Graham Norton for Best Chat Show and Downton Abbey for Best Drama.

Peter Capaldi has not been nominated for Best Actor, which will mean there’s no Dr Who best actor nomination since the show was revived by the BBC.

London Live's TV editor Toby Earle was on the red carpet to meet the stars. He spoke to Paul Hollywood about Paul's unusual pop-up plans.

He also chatted to Leigh Francis - better known as Keith Lemon - and the X Factor's Jake Quickenden, also known for his time in the jungle.

 

Toby caught up with Pixie Lott about why she is hoping for a big Strictly Come Dancing win.

 

Ant n' Dec showed Toby how they'd pretend to be polite were they to lose the Best Presenter gong - before heading inside to continue their winning streak.

 

Also hoping for another win were Eamonn Holmes and co-presenter and wife Ruth Langsford, who said they wanted to add a fourth NTA to the This Morning trophy cabinet.

 

Eastender Shane Richie told Toby how strange it is to work on a set divided by a storyline and spoke touchingly about Anne Kirkbride.

 

Alesha Dixon said she was hoping David Walliams would be victorious in the newly made "Best Judge" category over Simon Cowell, who she said "has everything".

 

Claire Sweeney was curious to find out who would win the best soap category and, like Alesha, wondered who would be named Best Judge.

 

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