NTAs 2021: Line Of Duty’s Tommy Jessop steals the show by performing a dance for the crowd


Line Of Duty won two National Television Awards on Thursday night at London’s O2 Arena – and all eyes were on actor Tommy Jessop who played Terry Boyle in series five and six during the live show.

While the cast and crew took to the stage to accept the gongs for Returning Drama and the Special Recognition Award, Tommy, 36, sashayed his way up the steps, showing off some moves, with the crowd going wild for it.

Once on stage, Tommy continued to dance, swinging his hips and striking a muscle man pose on the ground, as the rest of the cast and crew watched on delightedly.

Meanwhile the other star of the series Martin Compston received a kiss from his wife Tianna Flynn on stage as the hit show won the two awards. 

Busting a move: Line Of Duty won its first National Television Award on Thursday night, at London ‘s O2 Arena – and all eyes were on actor Tommy Jessop who played Terry Boyle in the series five and six during the live show

The actor, 37, – who played Detective Inspector Steve Arnott – said in the winner’s room afterwards: ‘Thank you to everyone who voted for us. Tommy was fantastic. I think he’s going to take the award!’

He added, of the potential return of the series: ‘People ask me every two mins if there will be another season. These people love what we do so I never take it for granted.

‘It means it’s going well. It means people are so invested and the fact the audience keeps getting bigger over 10 years so who knows?’

Elliott Rosen played the part of Terry Boyle in series one, but Jessop took it over in series five and became the first actor with Down’s syndrome to appear in a BBC primetime drama 

Stealing the show! While the cast and crew took to the stage to accept the gongs for Returning Drama and the Special Recognition Award, Tommy, 36, sashayed his way up the steps, showing off some moves, with the crowd going wild for it

Stealing the show! While the cast and crew took to the stage to accept the gongs for Returning Drama and the Special Recognition Award, Tommy, 36, sashayed his way up the steps, showing off some moves, with the crowd going wild for it

Happy! Meanwhile the other star of the series Martin Compston received a kiss from his wife Tianna Flynn on stage as the hit show won the two awards

Happy! Meanwhile the other star of the series Martin Compston received a kiss from his wife Tianna Flynn on stage as the hit show won the two awards

Celebrating the win! Once on stage, Tommy continued to dance, swinging his hips and striking a muscle man pose on the ground

Lapping it up! The rest of the cast and crew watched on delightedly

Celebrating the win! Once on stage, Tommy continued to dance, swinging his hips and striking a muscle man pose on the ground, as the rest of the cast and crew watched on delightedly

Out on top! Tommy Jessop, Martin Compston, Nigel Boyle and Gregory Piper were among the Line Of Duty team in attendance at the show

Out on top! Tommy Jessop, Martin Compston, Nigel Boyle and Gregory Piper were among the Line Of Duty team in attendance at the show

Close: After accepting the award Martin and Tianna packed on the PDA while clutching the NTA gong

Pucker up: They couldn't keep their hands off each other

Close: After accepting the award Martin and Tianna packed on the PDA while clutching the NTA gong

Proud: Tianna and Martin have been married since 2016 and share a child together

Proud: Tianna and Martin have been married since 2016 and share a child together

Star: Elliott Rosen played Mr Boyle in series one, but Jessop took it over in series five and became the first actor with Down's syndrome to appear in a BBC primetime drama

Star: Elliott Rosen played Mr Boyle in series one, but Jessop took it over in series five and became the first actor with Down’s syndrome to appear in a BBC primetime drama

Thrilled: Tommy is pictured in the press room after winning the Special Recognition Award for Line of Duty at the National Television Awards 2021

Thrilled: Tommy is pictured in the press room after winning the Special Recognition Award for Line of Duty at the National Television Awards 2021

Buzzing: He looked thrilled as he posed with the gong in front of the other stars of the show and directors

Buzzing: He looked thrilled as he posed with the gong in front of the other stars of the show and directors

Loving it: NTA viewers took to Twitter to comment on Tommy's showstopping moment, with one writing: 'Go onTerry Boyle lad #NTAs', while another said: 'I'm loving Terry Boyle at the NTAs!'

Loving it: NTA viewers took to Twitter to comment on Tommy’s showstopping moment, with one writing: ‘Go onTerry Boyle lad #NTAs’, while another said: ‘I’m loving Terry Boyle at the NTAs!’

NTA viewers took to Twitter to comment on Tommy’s showstopping moment, with one writing: ‘Go on Terry Boyle lad #NTAs’, while another said: ‘I’m loving Terry Boyle at the NTAs!’ 

Comedian Joel Dommett kicked off the 2021 ceremony, celebrating the return of live in-person shows amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sure to launch the show on a light-hearted yet poignant note, Joel, 36, quipped: ‘It’s been a great year for soaps thanks to all the hand-washing!’

The broadcast kicked off with a VT of Joel frantically trying to find someone to open the show, with the likes of Simon Cowell, Oti Mabuse, Ant & Dec, Holly Willoughby and Mo Gilligan joining in for the skit. 

Gentle nod: Comedian Joel Dommett kicked off the 2021 National Television Awards at London 's O2 Arena on Thursday night, celebrating the return of live in-person shows amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gentle nod: Comedian Joel Dommett kicked off the 2021 National Television Awards at London ‘s O2 Arena on Thursday night, celebrating the return of live in-person shows amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The task ended up being taken on by singer HRVY, who was joined on stage with characters from The Masked Dancer and his former Strictly Come Dancing pro Janette Manrara.

Joel also joked in his speech at he had to stay two metres away from Ant & Dec (‘not because of the pandemic, because they’ve asked me to’) and referenced the awkwardness of watching racy drama Bridgerton with his mother.

He then joked that he wouldn’t be making a gag about Ricky Gervais, who was in the audience, because ‘he’s my idol and I’m scared of him’.

Ricky was soon on the stage, accepting the award for his Netflix show After Life, which won the Comedy prize.

‘I’m really surprised by this – I thought it’s not my demographic this show. It’s lovely thank you,’ he said afterwards. ‘This made the two hour car journey here worth it! The cast are great but I take all the credit!’

He updated those eager to know about the third series, saying: ‘Season three will be as close to Christmas as we can. It’s the best one yet. It’s nearly finished. Very pleased with it. We did it through Covid so was a double pleasure.’

He quipped: ‘The dog does not die, everyone else does!’

He went on: ‘I’m still surprised how well the show does around the world. It’s a show about a guy who kills himself because his wife died from cancer. People who are grieving approach me on the street and say how much the show helped them.’

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.

Made the cut: Line of Duty, It's A Sin and Bridgerton have made the short-list for the forthcoming awards

Made the cut: Line of Duty, It’s A Sin and Bridgerton have made the short-list for the forthcoming awards

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.

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.

Nominated: It's A Sin, starring Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander (centre) is up for an award, with the actor also securing a best drama performance nod

Nominated: It’s A Sin, starring Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander (centre) is up for an award, with the actor also securing a best drama performance nod

Host with the most: The annual awards show will return to London's O2 arena on September 9th, with Joel Dommett set to host for the first time

Host with the most: The annual awards show will return to London’s O2 arena on September 9th, with Joel Dommett set to host for the first time

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.

‘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.’

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.’

New award: 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

New award: 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

NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS 2021: THE WINNERS

Challenge Show 

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins

Love Island

WINNER: The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Sewing Bee

New Drama

Bridgerton

Des

WINNER: It’s A Sin

Normal People

Talent Show

Britain’s Got Talent

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

WINNER: Strictly Come Dancing

The Masked Singer

Tasty! Bake Off won the Challenge Show prize

Tasty! Bake Off won the Challenge Show prize 

Authored Documentary

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

Returning Drama

Call the Midwife

WINNER: Line of Duty

The Crown

Unforgotten

TV Presenter

Alison Hammond

WINNER: Ant and Dec

Bradley Walsh

Holly Willoughby

Piers Morgan

Factual

Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death

WINNER: Gogglebox

Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

Drama Performance

Adrian Dunbar, Ted Hastings, Line of Duty

WINNER: 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!

Taskmaster

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

WINNER: Coronation Street

EastEnders

Emmerdale

Hollyoaks

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

WINNER: Beat The Chasers

Celebrity Catchphrase

In For A Penny

Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel

Newcomer

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

Daytime

Loose Women

The Chase

The Repair Shop

WINNER: This Morning

Comedy

WINNER: After Life

Friday Night Dinner

Sex Education

The Vicar of Dibley

 

 

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