Ant and Dec lined up for British Comedy Award

TV twosome Ant and Dec have been nominated for the People’s Choice prize at the British Comedy Awards – six years after they were awarded it by mistake.

The pair – who were last seen fronting I’m A Celebrity in November, face competition from Michael McIntyre, Miranda Hart and David Mitchell for the award – with the winner being decided by phone vote.

“We are thrilled to be nominated in this category and to be recognised by our peers but it means all the more when it’s voted for by the public,” the pair said.

In 2005 they were given the People’s Choice Award despite being beaten in the voting by comedienne Catherine Tate.

A report into ITV’s use of premium rate phone lines found awards organisers promised Robbie Williams he could present a gong to Ant and Dec to guarantee his attendance.

The only award the pair could win was the People’s Choice Award, which should have been dependent on a public vote.

The pair returned the award when the truth was revealed – but they won it legitimately the following year.

The awards will be presented by Jonathan Ross in a ceremony at London’s O2 Arena on January 22.