Piers Morgan shortlisted for National Television Award after GMB exit

The 56-year-old is nominated in the best TV presenter category.
Piers Morgan shortlisted for National Television Award after GMB exit

Laura Harding, PA Deputy Entertainment Editor

Piers Morgan has been shortlisted for a UK National Television Award months after he left Good Morning Britain.

The presenter left the ITV show in March following incendiary comments about Britain's Duchess of Sussex.

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

He will compete against Ant and Dec, Bradley Walsh and This Morning stars Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond for the TV presenter prize at the NTAs.

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Piers Morgan is competing against Ant and Dec for the best TV presenter award (Matt Crossick/PA)

The awards ceremony will see all three stars of Line Of Duty vie for the drama performance prize.

Adrian Dunbar (Ted Hastings), Martin Compston (Steve Arnott) and Vicky McClure (Kate Fleming) are all in the running, alongside Olly Alexander for Aids series It’s A Sin and David Tennant for Des, a drama about serial killer Dennis Nilsen.

Des and It’s A Sin are also nominated for the best new drama prize, alongside period romp Bridgerton and the hit adaptation of the book Normal People.

Filming in Ulster
Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar from Line Of Duty (World Productions/BBC/PA)

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

Line Of Duty, Call The Midwife, Unforgotten and lavish royal series The Crown have been nominated for the returning drama gong.

The documentary about late Love Island presenter Caroline Flack has been shortlisted for the factual prize.

Caroline Flack: Her Life And Death featured family and friends, including Olly Murs and Dermot O’Leary, speaking about how the presenter was affected by her life in the spotlight.

Flack took her own life at the age of 40, on February 15th, 2020, while awaiting trial on an assault charge for an alleged attack on her boyfriend, Lewis Burton.

Caroline Flack documentary
A documentary about Caroline Flack has been shortlisted (Matt Crossick/PA)

Also nominated in the category is Gogglebox; Gordon, Gino And Fred: American Road Trip; and Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs.

Kate Garraway is shortlisted in the new category of authored documentary for her poignant look at how the pandemic ravaged her family in Finding Derek.

The category was introduced following a wave of celebrity-led factual programmes.

Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford is also in the running for BBC show 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 serial drama, 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 9th.

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