Tom Parker was posthumously nominated for a National Television Award for his cancer film

Tom Parker of The Wanted was posthumously nominated for a National Television Award for a documentary about the charity concert to benefit cancer research he organized six months before his death.

The singer died of an inoperable brain tumor on March 30, aged 33, at a hospice near his home in south-east London.

After his diagnosis, Parker campaigned to raise awareness about brain cancer and organized a star-studded concert called Inside My Head at the Royal Albert Hall last September, which raised money for Stand Up To Cancer and The National Brain Appeal.

The Channel 4 documentary of the same name captured Parker arranging the event along with footage of him and his family learning to live with his illness.

He will face Kate Garraway, who last year won the Authorized Documentary category for a program about her family’s life after her husband, former political adviser Derek Draper, spent a year in hospital being treated for coronavirus .

The Good Morning Britain presenter was shortlisted this year for her follow-up program Caring for Derek, in which Draper and Garraway share insights into their family life as he continues to battle the long-term effects of the virus.

Also nominated in the category is Katie Price: What Harvey Did Next; Julia Bradbury: Breast Cancer and Me; and Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism.

LGBTQ+ teen series Heartstopper has been nominated for the new drama award alongside prison drama Time, crime thriller Trigger Point and medical memoir This Is Going To Hurt.


Kit Connor in Heartstopper (Netflix/PA)

Heartstopper leads Joe Locke, who played Charlie Spring, and Kit Connor, who portrayed Nick Nelson, were both Rising Star Award nominees.

They will face off against Charithra Chandran, who played Edwina Sharma in Bridgerton series two, and Paddy Bever, who stars as Max Turner in Coronation Street.

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Bridgerton, Call The Midwife, Peaky Blinders and The Split are all in contention for the recurring drama category.

Netflix’s Regency game Bridgerton has another nomination, with Jonathan Bailey, who plays Anthony Bridgerton, in the running for Best Drama Performance alongside Cillian Murphy for his role as Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders, Nicola Walker for Hannah in The Split and Vicky McClure for Lana Washington in the trigger point.

Derry Girls, Sex Education, After Life and Not Going Out were all shortlisted for comedy show awards, while Britain’s Got Talent in the talent show category joined RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Strictly Come Dancing and The Masked Singer.

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will be looking to keep their Best TV Presenter trophy for another year but face competition from Alison Hammond, Bradley Walsh and Graham Norton. Ant and Dec have won the category for the last 20 years.

Meanwhile, Neighbors, which aired its final episode last month after 37 years on screen, will be up against Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale for the Best Series Drama award.

The 27th National Television Awards will be hosted by comedian and presenter Joel Dommett at London’s OVO Arena Wembley on September 15, with the results announced live on ITV. Tom Parker was posthumously nominated for a National Television Award for his cancer film

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