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Ant and Dec in line for comedy gong

Geordie duo Ant and Dec could scoop the People's Choice award at this year's British Comedy Awards - six years after they were given it by mistake.

They are nominated along with Michael McIntyre, Harry Hill, Miranda Hart and David Mitchell for the People's Choice Award for the King or Queen of Comedy, with the eventual winner being chosen by a phone vote.

Ant & Dec said: "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."

In 2005, Ant and Dec were given the People's Choice Award despite being beaten in the voting by 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.

Ant and Dec later returned the award when the truth was revealed, and they legitimately won it in 2006.

This year's awards sees the first ever nomination for a children's comedy show, with CBBC's Horrible Histories nominated in the Sketch Show category.

Hart and Hill lead the pack with four nominations each, while Sarah Millican is nominated for the Best Female Comic and Best Female Comedy Breakthrough Artist awards. New categories include Best Comic Actor and Actress and Best Comedy Entertainment Personality.

The award ceremony, being held at the O2 in south-east London on January 22, will be hosted by Jonathan Ross.


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