Ant and Dec, Gavin and Stacey and Peaky Blinders pick up NTA gongs

Ant and Dec have won the award for best television presenter for a 19th time at this year's National Television Awards (NTAs), with Peaky Blinders and the Little Mix star Jesy Nelson also picking up gongs.

The Great British Bake Off won one of the first prizes of the night, taking home the award for best challenge show, beating Love Island and The Apprentice.

Judge Paul Hollywood said the award was "testament to the team", before paying tribute to last year's contestants.

He added he was sad to see Sandi Toksvig leave the show, after she announced she was stepping back after three years.

"She will never be apart from the tent and as far as I'm concerned she's welcome back to the tent any time," Hollywood added. "I love her, I will miss her actually."

Jesy Nelson won an award for her Odd One Out documentary. Credit: PA

While Little Mix star Jesy Nelson won the best factual entertainment award for her Odd One Out documentary, about the abuse which drove her to attempt suicide.

Accepting the award, a tearful Nelson said: "This is so overwhelming. I'm such a baby. Thank you so much. I want to start by thanking the BBC for being the most incredible team to work with.

"I want to thank every single person who was in the documentary for being so brave and courageous and for telling their story to the world. I want to thank my mum for being the most inspirational person in my life.

"I want to thank Chris, my boyfriend, for bringing me up every day and making me feel confident. And last but not least I want to thank every person who voted. We never expected this to have the success it did."

The Great British Bake Off was winner of the Best Challenge Show Award. Credit: PA

This Morning picked up the live magazine show award, and presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield revealed how they intend to celebrate.

Schofield said that the team had "started quite early" in preparation for the ceremony.

He blamed presenter Alice Beer for the group's drinking.

"She had plastic shot glasses, she had salt, she had limes, she had tequila, the whole thing all in her bag," he said.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield with the award for best live magazine. Credit: PA

Peaky Blinders took home the best drama award and Mrs Brown's Boys won the gong for best comedy.

While Strictly Come Dancing took home the award for best talent show.

Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan, who is boycotting the event over claims the same nominees win every year, was critical of Walliams' hosting.

He said on Twitter: "I can hardly bare the suspense to see if Ant & Dec and Holly & Phil win again, or Walliams gives himself an award. The #NTAs are always SO tense... SO unpredictable!"

Walliams picked up the best TV judge award, the same award he won in 2019 and in a nod to Judy Finnigan's famous dress malfunction at the same ceremony two decades ago, appeared on stage with no trousers on.

TV veteran Finnigan suffered a live wardrobe malfunction during the awards in 2000 when her bra was exposed during an acceptance speech.

Taking to the stage, with no trousers on, he said: "Thank you. This is the moment I will be remembered for. When I die, which I will, they will show this clip on the news - me in my pants at the O2."

Ant and Dec won the award for best television presenter for a 19th time. Credit: PA

Sir Michael Palin paid tribute to his late Monty Python co-star Terry Jones as he accepted the special recognition award.

Walliams also paid tribute to Nicholas Parsons, the veteran broadcaster died on Tuesday morning aged 96.

"Someone we would have liked to have welcomed here tonight is Nicholas Parsons but sadly he passed away today and I know everyone here wants to send our love to his family at this time, he said.