Period drama Downton Abbey will take on Doctor Who for the title of top drama at the National Television Awards.
ITV1’s saga about the Crawley family has been shortlisted for the awards for the first time and is up against Merlin and last year’s winner Waterloo Road, as well as Doctor Who, for the title.
Doctor Who stars are up for two further awards with Matt Smith, who plays The Doctor, in the best male performance category, while Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) is nominated for the female equivalent. However, none of the Downton stars make the running for any of the acting awards.
Ant and Dec will be hoping to take the top entertainment presenter prize for an 11th consecutive year after being shortlisted once again. The Geordie duo line up against X Factor host Dermot O’Leary, Keith Lemon and Michael McIntyre.
Comedian McIntyre is up for a further prize with his Comedy Roadshow, which competes for the best entertainment programme title, along with Take Me Out, Dynamo: Magician Impossible and Harry Hill’s TV Burp.
Britain’s Got Talent – for which McIntyre was a panellist last year – is in the running for top talent show, alongside X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing On Ice.
Gillan, who is stepping down from her Doctor Who role during the next series, goes up against Torchwood’s Eve Myles, Jaye Jacobs (Waterloo Road) and Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey) for the acting honours. And Smith faces competition from Martin Clunes (Doc Martin), John Barrowman (Torchwood) and David Threlfall (Shameless).
Voting has opened to allow viewers to have their say in the awards which will be presented by O’Leary from London’s O2 Arena and broadcast by ITV1.