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Sherlock and Doctor Who lead National Television Awards nominees (2013)


Story by Jack Foley

WRITER/producer Steven Moffat will be competing against himself at the National Television Awards later this month.

His hit shows Sherlock and Doctor Who have both been shortlisted for best drama, along with Downton Abbey and Merlin.

The leading men of both Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Doctor Who (Matt Smith) are also up against each other for best male performance, along with Daniel Mays (for Mrs Biggs) and Colin Morgan (for Merlin).

And Doctor Who also picked up a nod for Karen Gillan in the best dramatic performance category. She will compete against Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife), Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey) and Sheridan Smith (Mrs Biggs).

In response to the nominations, Moffat told the BBC: “Well this is very flattering, but also terrifying. I hope everyone votes with tremendous care and the result is an exact draw between both shows.”

In other categories to keep an eye on, Ant and Dec, who have won the best entertainment presenter prize for the past 11 years, are shortlisted once more, along with Alan Carr, Keith Lemon and Dermot O’Leary.

While their show reality I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is shortlisted for the entertainment programme award, against Alan Carr: Chatty Man, The Graham Norton Show and The Only Way Is Essex.

Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks will renew their annual rivalry for best serial drama, while The Voice, Britain’s Got Talent, Dancing On Ice, Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor are up for best talent show.

And David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet is on the shortlist for best documentary series along with Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, One Born Every Minute and Planet Earth Live.

There will also be a special landmark award to celebrate the success of the Olympics and Paralympics.

Viewers can vote on the NTA website now.

Find out what else has been nominated in our complete nominations list

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