Downton Abbey and Doctor Who will battle it out in this year’s National Television Awards as both have been nominated for the drama award.
The BBC sci-fi series had won the award every year since 2005 until last year when it was beaten by Waterloo Road in something of a surprise win for the school based drama.
This year Doctor Who will be up against Waterloo Road once more along with fellow Saturday evening drama Merlin but the big battle, as far as the press are concerned, will be between Doctor Who and Downton Abbey. The press recently made much out of the fact that Doctor Who narrowly beat Downton Abbey, in terms of ratings, for their recent Christmas Specials.
Matt Smith is nominated in the Best Actor category though surprisingly no one from Downton Abbey features in the short-list.
The actor will compete against Torchwood’s John Barrowman as well as Martin Clunes for Doc Martin and David Threlfall for Shameless. Karen Gillan is nominated for Best Actress and also faces competition from spin-off Torchwood in the form of Eve Myles. Suranne Jones, for her hit ITV drama Scott & Bailey, and Waterloo Road actress Jaye Jacobs, who joined the cast earlier this year, are also nominated in the same category. Once again not a single actress from Downton Abbey is nominated in the short-list which is something of a surprise.
Elsewhere in the nominations and there are some routine nominations as Strictly Come Dancing, the X Factor, Dancing on Ice and Britain’s Got Talent are all up against each other. Channel 4’s hugely popular Big Fat Gypsy Wedding is nominated in the factual category up against This Morning, An Idiot Abroad and Top Gear.
In the comedy category Miranda, the BBC Two comedy which has been promoted to BBC One because of its strong ratings, is up against Benidorm and Outnumbered; there is no fourth nomination in that category.
As ever in the Serial Drama category the big ‘four’ soaps; EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street are up against each other. In the category for soap actors Danny Miller, who plays Aaron in Emmerdale, is the only male nominated. Katherine Kelly and Alison King, both of Corrie, are also nominated as well as Jessie Wallace for EastEnders.
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