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Irish hopes Normal People, Graham Norton and Line of Duty star in running for National Television Award

Voting for the 2021 National Television Awards is now open

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Paul Mescal and co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones in the hit TV series Normal People

Paul Mescal and co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones in the hit TV series Normal People

Paul Mescal and co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones in the hit TV series Normal People

Normal People, Graham Norton, and Line of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar are set to represent Ireland at the National Television Awards in the UK this year.

Normal People, the 2020 drama series based on Sally Rooney’s bestselling novel that had the world hooked during lockdown, is nominated for Best New Drama at the awards.

The BBC Three and Hulu production is up against Channel 4’s It’s A Sin, Des, and Netflix’s record-breaking period drama Bridgerton.

It has previously been nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and recently scooped up nine wins at the IFTA Film and Drama Awards.

Northern Irish actor Adrian Dunbar has been nominated for the Best Drama Performance Award for his role as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line of Duty.

His Line of Duty co-stars Martin Compston and Vicky McClure have also been selected for Best Drama Performance for their roles as Steve Arnott and Kate Fleming in the police drama.

They have been nominated alongside Olly Alexander for It's a Sin and David Tennant for Des.

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Graham Norton

Graham Norton

Graham Norton

Line of Duty has also been shortlisted for the Best Returning Drama award, nominated alongside The Crown, Call the Midwife, and ITV crime drama Unforgotten.

Meanwhile, Graham Norton is included among the nominees for the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award for The Graham Norton Show, alongside Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! and Taskmaster.

The Best Comedy category includes Netflix’s Sex Education, which will return for its third season next month, Friday Night Dinner, Ricky Gervais’ After Life, and The Vicar of Dibley.

Last year, Irish talent dominated the National Television Awards, with Cillian Murphy winning the Best Drama Performance Award for his role as Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders against the likes of Idris Elba and Jodie Comer.

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Peaky Blinders also scooped up an award in the Best Drama category, while Mrs Brown’s Boys secured the gong for Best Comedy against Derry Girls and Fleabag.

Voting for the 2021 National Television Awards is now open and will take place at London’s O2 Arena on September 9th, hosted by Joel Dommett.

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