As the stars gather for the 22nd National Television Awards on Wednesday night, we reveal some behind-the-scenes secrets about the ceremony…

It’s time for sequins, sparkle and a bit of lippy, as the stars prepare for the 22nd National Television Awards tonight, hosted by Dermot O’Leary.

Celebs from all our favourite TV shows will be gathering together in the hope of winning a gong, so settle down to watch the show live on ITV from 7.30pm to discover who’s won and who’s lost.

As famous flesh is squeezed into frocks and suits in readiness for the ceremony, we reveal some behind-the-scenes secrets about the NTAs…

National Television Awards Red Carpet

The red carpet at the NTAs that the celebs will walk down is 63.5m long, almost as long as the wingspan of a Boeing 747 and if stood end to end it would be taller than Nelson’s Column in London’s Trafalgar Square!

 

Aidan Turner in Poldark

Nearly 700 stars will be attending the show, including Aidan Turner (Poldark), Jenna Coleman and Sarah Lancashire. They’ll be arriving from near and far in 390 executive cars and via 16 flights.

 

Stage Lighting

The NTAs stage will be lit by half a million different lights and LEDs, held up by 48 tonnes of rigging. That’s the weight of 17 adult Giraffes!

 

Louise Marshall

The day of the National Television Awards falls on Burns Night this year. To celebrate, bagpipe player Louise Marshall, who has performed for the Queen, will pipe in the stars as they arrive at the 02 arena in London where the event is held.

 

ed-balls. strictly come dancing

Ed Balls, who won over viewers with his dad dancing routines in Strictly last year, will appear in a special segment mid-way through the show…watch this space!

 

The first NTAs was broadcast in 1995 and hosted by Eamonn Holmes. The first ever award was presented to Robson Green & Jerome Flynn for Soldier, Soldier, which won Best Drama Series that year.

 

Since the NTAs began, 306 awards have been dished out. That’s a lot of bling on the mantelpiece!

 

I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

Ant & Dec have won the Entertainment Presenters Award at the NTAs a staggering 15 times in a row. Can they do it again and beat Graham Norton in the same category?

 

Champagne

Stars at the NTAs after party will be well fed and watered, as they’ll be served 64,080 glasses of Champagne Collet, 72,000 glasses of Echo Falls wines and, in line with the Burns Night theme, will feast on Haggis with neeps & tatties and Scottish Berry Brulee.

The National Television Awards 2017 is broadcast live on Wednesday January 25 at 7.30pm on ITV.