The TV host, 27, had the honour of presenting the first award of the night, with the gong going to I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Arriving on stage at the start of the show, Maya said: ‘Hello everyone. Ok, so first night of the war… first award of the night and it’s a big one so let me get my words out. The nominations for the Bruce Forside Entertainment Award are…’
Award: Maya Jama appeared to call the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award the ‘Bruce Forside Award’ during an on-stage slip up at the National Television Awards
The nominees in the category were Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Taskmaster and The Graham Norton Show.
Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly stepped on stage to accept the coveted award.
Maya looked sensational for the evening in a striking gown complete with a jewelled bodice while the dress also featured a striking thigh split.
The presenter added height to her frame in towering black heels and was sporting a chic full fringe, with her tresses styled into a bun.
Show: The TV host, 27, had the honour of presenting the first award of the night, with the gong going to I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Maya accessorised with a stunning diamond snake necklace and adorned her ears with gold hoops.
This year, more streamed shows have been nominated than ever before, with Netflix period romp Bridgerton and making the Best New Drama list while After Life and Sex Education scored slots on the Comedy list.
It’s a Sin, Des and Normal People joined Bridgerton on the New Drama short-list while Line of Duty, The Crown, Call the Midwife and Unforgotten made up the Returning Drama category.
The Drama Performance category sees Line of Duty stars Adrian Dunbar, Martin Compston and Vicky McClure in contention for the prize, alongside Olly Alexander for It’s a Sin and David Tennant for Des.
Maya said: ‘Hello everyone. Ok, so first night of the war… first award of the night and it’s a big one so let me get my words out. The nominations for the Bruce Forside Entertainment Award are…’
Style: Maya looked sensational for the evening in a striking gown complete with a jewelled bodice while the dress also featured a striking thigh split
The NTAs have also announced a brand new category, Authored Documentary, which sees Kate Garraway’s moving feature, Kate Garraway: Finding Derek nominated for its warts-and-all account of her husband Derek Draper’s coronavirus battle.
Finding Derek has been short-listed alongside Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children, Katie Price: Harvey and Me, Rob Burrow: My Year with MND and Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency.
Elsewhere, The Masked Singer has been nominated for its first NTA, with the madcap singing competition facing a battle with I’m A Celebrity… Get me Out of Here!, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Strictly Come Dancing for the Talent Show award.
Soaps Emmerdale, Coronation Street, EastEnders and Hollyoaks are up for Best Serial Drama.
Looking good: Maya accessorised with a stunning diamond snake necklace and adorned her ears with gold hoops (pictured with Ant McPartlin)
Ant and Dec bagged their 20th award nomination in a row for TV Presenter, with Piers Morgan and This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond also in contention as well as Bradley Walsh.
A quartet of stand-out actors are up for Serial Drama Performance, including Coronation Street’s Mollie Gallagher and Sally Carman and EastEnders’ Danny Dyer not to mention Hollyoaks’ Billy Price.
New host Joel recently admitted he is ‘honoured’ to have been selected to front the spectacle.
He said in a statement: ‘It’s a huge honour to be hosting the NTAs this year! It still feels like someone has made a wonderful error.
Made the cut: Line of Duty, It’s A Sin and Bridgerton are ones to watch at the National Television Awards 2021
‘I really, really love TV and can’t wait to celebrate the best stuff from what’s been a very weird year or so.’
The comedian also joked he is hoping The Masked Singer will be successful on the night so he can present himself with a prize.
He quipped: ‘I’m also really hoping The Masked Singer wins something so I can present an award to myself. That’s a creative narcissist’s dream.’
NTA’s Executive Producer Kim Turberville added: ‘We are so excited to be back to celebrate a remarkable TV year like no other. There is a wealth of great television to recognise and we are delighted to have Joel at the helm.
‘With his wit and natural charisma, he’ll definitely be bringing a fresh approach to this year’s awards.’
Host with the most: The annual awards show will return to London’s O2 arena with Joel Dommett set to host for the first time, taking the reins from David Walliams
Earlier this year, it was announced the NTAs, which usually takes place in January, had been rescheduled for September 9, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kim said at the time: ‘The NTAs will return to The O2 London in September to mark the UK’s best, boldest and most beloved TV shows with a surprise-packed event – and we look forward to seeing you on the night for a celebration like no other.’
NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS 2021: THE NOMINEES & WINNERS
Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins
WINNER: The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Sewing Bee
WINNER: It’s A Sin
Britain’s Got Talent
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Strictly Come Dancing
The Masked Singer
Tasty! Bake Off won the Challenge Show prize
WINNER: Kate Garraway: Finding Derek
Katie Price: Harvey and Me
Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children
Rob Burrow: My Year With MND
Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency
Touching: The Authored Documentary winner was Kate Garraway: Finding Derek
Call the Midwife
WINNER: Line of Duty
Ant and Dec
Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death
Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs
Adrian Dunbar, Ted Hastings, Line of Duty
David Tennant, Dennis Nilsen, Des
Martin Compston, Steve Arnott, Line of Duty
Olly Alexander, Ritchie Tozer, It’s A Sin
Vicky McClure, Kate Fleming, Line of Duty
The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
WINNER: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The Graham Norton Show
You lose some, you win some! Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway was up for a prize, but the duo’s other show, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! scooped the gong
Serial Drama Performance
Billy Price, Sid Sumner, Hollyoaks
Danny Dyer, Mick Carter, EastEnders
WINNER: Mollie Gallagher, Nina Lucas, Coronation Street
Sally Carman, Abi Franklin, Coronation Street
Quiz Game Show
Beat the Chasers
In For A Penny
Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel
Emile John, Ethan Anderson, Emmerdale
WINNER: Jude Riordan, Sam Blakeman, Coronation Street
Olivia D’Lima, Paramedic Fenisha Khatri, Casualty
Rhiannon Clements, Summer Ranger, Hollyoaks
Rose Ayling-Ellis, Frankie Lewis, EastEnders
Winner! Mollie Gallagher, who plays Nina Lucas in Coronation Street, bagged herself a gong
The Repair Shop
WINNER: After Life
Friday Night Dinner
The Vicar of Dibley