Stars of the small screen will descend on The O2 today Wednesday, January 20, as the National Television Awards bring glitz and glamour to a dull January.

The event is celebrating its 21st anniversary honouring the best-loved actors in some of the most popular shows of 2015.

Whether you’re Corrie crazy, cracked up by Ant and Dec or glued to Gogglebox, chances are your favourite show will make an appearance at the showcase in North Greenwich, televised on ITV One from 7.30pm.

It remains the only television awards show where all the winners are chosen by viewers in a huge nationwide poll.

Here are the top 5 things to know before you grab a take out in front of the tele to watch the action.

Dermot O`Leary with one of the coverted National TV Awards Trophies

1. Dermot O'Leary is back as host

Of course he is.

The charming former face of the X Factor will return to North Greenwich for the seventh year as host.

He’s spent 15 hours fronting the star-studded show so they might as well give him his every own residency.

This year, he’ll be joined by singing superstar Gloria Gaynor who will open the action

Fleur East

2. Fleur East is bringing the sax

The sassy X Factor starlet (yes, a name drop for that reality show again) will be one of just three acts performing live on the night.

If we don’t get a sneak peek of her super toned abs and some seriously cool dance moves as she performs new hit More and More, we’ll be disappointed.

Arlene Phillips

3. Flower power fashion

Sweetly-scented style alert - former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips is set to blossom on the red carpet in a dress full of flowers.

And these petals are no artificial tat, oh no.

Her outfit has been specially designed by world leading florist Joseph Massie and his team as part of a campaign launched by the British Homeopathic Association (BHA) and the Homeopathic Action Trust (HAT).

Actor Aidan Turner

5. Poldark aka Aidan Turner’s providing some hot totty

Fans of the hunky Irish actor will get a double dose of his rugged looks at tonight’s show.

First up, he’s nominated for a drama performance award but it’s a tight category, with David Tennant’s role in Broadchurch, Suranne Jones’ Dr Foster and Sheridan Smith’s role in Black Work all up for consideration.

Then Aidan’s show, Poldark, is up for a gong in the 2016 category of best new drama series and, if that wasn’t enough, he’ll even be presenting an award to another lucky winner.


Billy Connolly

5. Oh, and the actual awards themselves

More than 400 celebs are expected to watch the extravaganza which will dish out accolades in everything from best soap to comedy, best drama and best factual entertainment show.

For the latter, Gogglebox is our winner, hands down.

Scottish comedian Billy Connolly will get an extra treat ahead of Burn’s Night as he is presented with a special prize at the ceremony by his friend Dustin Hoffman, in honour of his 50-year career.