VOTING has now closed for the National Television Awards - leaving fans of Somerset period drama Bridgerton with an anxious wait ahead of tonight's results show.  

The Netflix series, watched by 82 million households in the first month of its release, is set in Regency era London but many of its scenes were filmed in Bath- including at the Royal Crescent, the Guildhall, the Holburne Museum and the Assembly Rooms. 

Bath and North East Somerset Council estimated that the show, which was renewed for a second series in January, would add £1.5 million to the local economy. 

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In an interview with Awards Radar, the show's creator Chris van Dusen said: "I never expected this kind of reception. It’s a little surreal.

"It’s really humbling. It’s make me so proud of everyone involved, and I have such tremendous gratitude."

In April, he revealed that there will be a third and fourth series of Bridgerton. 

Bridgerton was shortlisted in the best new drama category to reach the final round of public voting alongside It's a Sin, Des and Normal People.

The Pembrokeshire Murders, Quiz, The Salisbury Poisonings and All Creatures Great and Small were amongst those that failed to get past the first round of voting in the same category. 

Votes from the final round of voting, which closed today at 12pm, will be added to votes from the first round of voting to determine the category winners. 

From 7:30pm, the winners will be announced live on ITV from London's O2 Arena.

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The 26th instalment of the NTAs will be hosted by comedian Joel Dommett, who said: "It’s a huge honour to be hosting the NTAs this year!

"It still feels like someone has made a wonderful error. I really, really love TV and can’t wait to celebrate the best stuff from what’s been a very weird year or so." 

Bridgerton is based on a series of novels by Julia Quinn and its first eight-episode series, starring Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, Jonathan Bailey, Golda Rosheuvel and Julie Andrews, premiered on Christmas Day. 

It follows Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family, as she makes her debut on Regency London’s competitive marriage market.

Daphne becomes drawn to the rebellious Duke of Hastings, played by Page, and they find themselves engaged in a battle of wits while navigating society’s expectations for their futures.

Bath-born Bill Bailey will also be following the awards evening eagerly, as Strictly Come Dancing was shortlisted alongside Britain’s Got Talent, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and The Masked Singer in the best talent show category.

Bailey won last year's series of the show with his dance partner Oti Mabuse.