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Downton Abbey to battle Spooks for National TV Awards honour

Downton Abbey

Story by Jack Foley

NOT content with going head-to-head for Sunday night ratings, Downton Abbey and Spooks are back in battle for one of the top prizes at January’ss National TV Awards.

Both are in the running for best drama alongside BBC drama Upstairs, Downstairs, audience favourites Doctor Who and Doc Martin and the recently axed Lark Rise To Candleford.

In another fascinating contest, chat show rivals Jonathan Ross and Graham Norton will battle it out in the best talk show category.

The nominations come a year after Ross left the BBC and Norton’s show was moved to his old timeslot.

Further competition comes from Alan Carr, Piers Morgan, Paul O’Grady, Rob Brydon and Alan Titchmarsh.

Ant and Dec will be looking to win the most popular entertainment presenter award for the 11th year running when they go up against Sir Bruce Forsyth, Adrian Chiles, Philip Schofield and Davina McCall for the four shows they are associated with – Britain’s Got Talent, I’m A Celebrity, Saturday Night Takeaway and their latest gameshow Red Or Black?

Of the first time nominees looking for succes, The Only Way Is Essex and Made in Chelsea will compete against The Apprentice, Come Dine With Me and Channel 5’s reboot of Celebrity Big Brother for the reality award.

Dermot O’Leary will host the awards – which are chosen by public vote – at the O2 in January.

Full details of nominees can be found on the ceremony’s official website.