Stars out in force for TV awards

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David Jason and his wife Gill arriving for the 2011 National Television Awards

Some of the biggest names in showbusiness have walked down the red carpet for the National Television Awards.

Stars from EastEnders and Coronation Street met fans and signed autographs outside the O2 Arena in south-east London.

David Jason, nominated for outstanding drama performance, said he was looking forward to the night but did not expect to win.

The Touch of Frost star said: “I’ve been coming to these for years and they are always a good night.

He said: “The fans enjoy it. But I don’t expect to win, I’m up against Dr Who.”

Matt Smith as The Doctor and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch are competing for best drama performance with Jason and Philip Glenister for his role in Ashes to Ashes.

The glitzy bash is one of the top nights for TV stars in the awards calendar and drew a roll-call of glamorous on-screen talent including Tess Daly, Peter Andre and Davina McCall.

Competing for most popular drama prize with the adventures of the Time Lord and Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective are fellow BBC1 series Waterloo Road plus Channel 4’s Shameless.

Awards host Dermot O’Leary is up for his first National Television Award for best entertainment presenter at the ceremony for his work on X Factor.

He is competing against Britain’s Got Talent stars Ant and Dec, aiming for a tenth consecutive win in the category. Davina McCall and Paul O’Grady are also in the running.

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