The Masked Singer's Joel Dommett wins gig presenting this year's National TV Awards

HE’S the most in-demand man on TV – so who better than Joel Dommett to host the National TV Awards this year?

I can reveal that The Masked Singer host will be doing the honours when the ceremony returns to The O2 in London on September 9.

Joel said: “It’s a huge honour. 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.

"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!”

Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams hosted the NTAs last year, just before lock-down paralysed the UK.

This time there will be plenty of TV to celebrate, because this year’s ceremony was put back from January to September, so the awards will cover 20 months.

NTA executive producer Kim Turberville said: “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’re delighted to have Joel at the helm.

“With his wit and natural charisma, he’ll bring a fresh approach to this year’s awards.”

The NTAs are voted for by the public.

Long-list voting opens on May 25, with viewers invited to vote for their favourite shows and stars at national tvawards.com.

Jodie heads off to play Boleyn

DOOMED queen Anne Boleyn was beheaded 485 years ago yesterday.

And to mark the anniversary, Channel 5 released new images of actress Jodie Turner-Smith in the role of Henry VIII’s second wife – including the scene of her execution.

Jodie will be the first black actress to play Anne on British TV in upcoming drama Anne Boleyn, which also stars Barry Ward as Thomas Cromwell.

She said: “There’s so much about Anne’s legend that people believe – whether it’s that she was a witch, she had six fingers, or that she had an incestuous relationship with her brother.

“But this time we are trying to tell a more human story about this figure who really was just a woman trying to survive.”


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PEEVED viewers of the Brit Awards complained to Ofcom about host Jack Whitehall’s jokes and the lack of social distancing – even though all attendees were Covid tested.

The ceremony, which aired on ITV last week, was the first major indoor music event to welcome back a live audience.

Alex off on his travels

CHANNEL 5 is set to sign up Pointless frontman Alexander Armstrong for a new, three-part travel show.

Unfortunately, the uncertain climate created by Covid means it’s unclear where the gameshow host will end up going anywhere.

But there’s little doubt it will make top viewing as it is being made for the channel by Burning Bright Productions, who have made travel shows with Joanna Lumley for ITV.

Those documentaries included her Silk Road Adventure and Trans-Siberian Adventure, which saw the Absolutely Fabulous star journey to Russia, Turkey, Iran and Uzbekistan, taking in local culture and traditions along the way.

Let’s hope the global travel restrictions ease, otherwise it could be a pointless exercise for Alexander . . . 

Russell's lessons from Sin

TELLY writer Russell T Davies says he would have made It’s A Sin sooner had he known how many people were clueless about the Aids crisis in the Eighties.

The creator of the hard-hitting Channel 4 series blamed living in a “liberal media” bubble for his lack of awareness, telling a Royal Television Society writing masterclass: “If I could go back in time and pitch the show knowing what the audience reaction would be, we’d have got it made sooner.

“Now I’d go into an office and say, ‘People will be shocked by this, discover things they didn’t know.

“People died [from Aids] and their deaths were hidden and young generations don’t know this’.”

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ANIMAL fan Dermot O’Leary is looking forward to fronting The Pet Show with Gavin & Stacey actress Joanna Page on ITV this autumn.

He said: “I’m a proud cat dad/servant/skivvy, but I love all our furry and feathery friends.” Let’s hope he doesn’t discover any allergies mid-shoot.

It's long lost and found

BRACE yourself for some tear-jerking tales next week when Long Lost Family returns to ITV – this time focusing on foundlings.

The three shows, hosted by Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall, will air over three nights, starting on Monday.

The duo lead teams who use their research skills to help three people who were abandoned as babies.

They include a woman left on the luggage rack of a train in London’s Paddington Station after World War Two and a man who was left in public toilets near Wolverhampton Wanderers’ football stadium.

But the shows begin with the story of two babies, both abandoned in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, just 18 months apart in the Eighties.

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A NEW Netflix documentary, Sophie: A Murder In West Cork, will launch on June 30.

The three-part series will unravel the brutal murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Ireland in 1996 and will offer a unique window into the ongoing battle to find justice for Sophie.

 

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