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ine of Duty has won best Returning Drama and is expected to sweep up several more gongs at this year’s National Television Awards.

The BBC cop drama picked up the first award it was nominated for beating out The Crown and Unforgotten.

Adrian Dunbar and Vicky McClure, both up for lead actor gongs, weren’t present at the ceremony due to Covid-restrictions.

The Great British Bake Off won the best challenge show ahead of red hot favourite Love Island.

Paul Hollywood said in a live stream from the judge’s tent: “Last year was particularly difficult but we had to do the show to put a smile on your faces.”

Hrvy got a standing ovation as he opened the show with his single Runaway With It showing off some of the steps he picked up on Strictly Come Dancing.

Comedian Joel Dommett, who is hosting the National Television Awards, admitted he was terrified of Ricky Gervais and Jonathan Ross sat in the audience watching his opening monologue and joked about his mother running off with the cast of Love Island.

Ant and Dec were on hand to accept Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award for I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here just ahead of their other ITV show Saturday Night Takeaway.

Co-host Ant McPartlin said: “Thank you. It was a real change to do it in Wales last year but it was absolutely brilliant. We loved it, we loved doing it there and we can’t wait to do it again this year.”

Hrvy said ahead of performing his opening song: “I’m very excited. It’s a big deal. This is the NTAs. I have no idea how I landed this gig but I did. It’s going to be great. It’s a good hype song to open the show with and I can’t wait.”

He added: “It’s just good to be back and seeing everybody – the cameras and people like you. It’s good to see faces again and actually be in contact with people because it has been a year-and-a-half out. I know the music industry and the TV industry was hit so hard with the lockdown. I am happy we are back at the O2 Arena and it is going to be unbelievable.”

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