National Television Awards 2016
The battle commences at the National Television Awards 2016IBTimes UK

Britain's most popular TV stars have turned out en masse at London's 02 arena to celebrate the best of British television at The National Television Awards on Wednesday (20 January) night. Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the annual event sees TV's most familiar faces battle it out for the coveted award in recognition of their contribution to British television.

The NTA celebrates UK's favourite TV programmes and stars and is strictly based on votes garnered from the public.

The soap stars go head-to head for the award for Best Drama Serial, in what is usually a two-horse race between Coronation Street and Eastenders. Danny Dyer, who is nominated for Best Performance in a Serial Drama was in fighting form admitting before the event he would not be happy if he didn't win. "I'll have the right hump," he said.

Ant and Dec, who have scooped the awards for the Most Popular Entertainment presenters for 14 consecutive years face a worthy challenger to their crown from British Bake Off's Sue Perkins and This Morning's Philip Schofield. Meanwhile, the day time TV stars will also be surfacing from their sofas for a night out to celebrate.

But before the show even kicked off there was a fashion face-off on the red carpet as the women turned on the glamour dressing to impress. Michelle Keegan made a bold statement in a daring, belly baring, dress as she arrived with husband Mark Wright.

I'm A Celebrity star Jorgie Porter channeled Kim Kardashian wearing a sparkly body suit with a sheer silver dress.

But it was Doctor Foster actress Suranne Jones who pulled off the biggest surprise. The star of the BBC One drama, who is up for the Drama Performance category confirmed she is expecting her first child as she debuted her baby bump on the red carpet.

Scottish comedian and TV personality Billy Connolly will be honoured at the 2016 National Television Awards. He has been announced as the recipient of the special recognition award for the year. Oscar award winner Dustin Hoffman, who was Connolly's long-time friend and colleague, will present him with the award.