Dermot O’Leary has admitted that while he loves a bit of TV drama he is not a fan of shows like The Only Way Is Essex and Made In Chelsea.

The X Factor presenter, who is also due to host the National Television Awards this week, said that he and TV producer wife Dee Koppang like nothing more than to settle down in front of a good series – but that the ‘structured reality’ genre leaves him cold.

“The Essexes and the Chelseas have never really done it for me,” he revealed. “Big shows for us are The Walking Dead, The Hour, Homeland, Downton Abbey, and we love stuff like The Shadow Line.”

The 39-year-old added: “You always crave what you don’t have, so, although I work in entertainment, I end up watching drama at home.

Meanwhile Dermot also defended the most recent series of The X Factor, which suffered disappointing ratings and was beaten almost every week by Strictly Come Dancing.

“Unfortunately we got a hammering in the press because it didn’t rate as well as some shows before but that’s a lazy stick to beat the show with,” he said.

“I thought it was one of our best series so far, and with James Arthur we’ve got a winner who can actually go and do something.”