Doctor Who and Sherlock will compete for the Most Popular Drama accolade at the National Television Awards 2013 – while the show’s respective stars Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch are also going head to head in the Male Drama Performance category.
Sherlock and Doctor Who have been nominated for Most Popular Drama alongside Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey and BBC1 Saturday night favourite Merlin.
Steven Moffat – who writes and produces both Doctor Who and Sherlock – said: “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.”
Karen Gillan, who played Doctor Who’s recently departed companion Amy Pond, has been nominated for Most Popular Actress. She’s up against Miranda Hart, for her role in Call the Midwife, Sheridan Smith for ITV1 hit Mrs Biggs and Suranne Jones for Scott & Bailey.
Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan walked away with Most Popular Actor and Actress at last year’s NTAs.
Merlin lead Colin Morgan is also up for the male actor prize, while Radio Times favourite The Great British Bake Off has been recognised in the Factual Entertainment category. I’m A Celebrity hosts Ant & Dec have been nominated in the Entertainment Prestenter category, an award they have won for the past 11 years.
The results of the National Television Awards, which have been held annually since 1996, are decided by the voting public. This year’s winners will be announced at an awards ceremony presented by Dermot O’Leary in London on 23 January
See nomination list in full:
Sherlock Doctor Who Downton Abbey Merlin
Drama Performance: Male
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) Matt Smith (Doctor Who) Colin Morgan (Merlin) Daniel Mays (Mrs Biggs)
Drama Performance: Female
Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) Sheridan Smith (Mrs Biggs) Miranda Hart (Call the Midwife) Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey)
Planet Earth Live Frozen Planet One Born Every Minute Big Fat Gypsy Weddings
The Big Bang Theory Mrs Brown’s Boys Benidorm Absolutely Fabulous
Strictly Come Dancing Britain’s Got Talent Dancing on Ice The X Factor The Voice UK
Comedy Panel Show
QI Mock the Week Have I Got News for You Would I Lie to You?
Alan Carr Ant & Dec Keith Lemon Dermot O’Leary
Alan Carr: Chatty Man I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! The Graham Norton Show The Only Way Is Essex
Coronation Street EastEnders Emmerdale Hollyoaks
Serial Drama Performance
Alan Halsall (Coronation Street) Michelle Keegan (Coronation Street) Emmett J Scanlan (Hollyoaks) Adam Woodyatt (EastEnders)
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs The Great British Bake Off Top Gear The Apprentice
Come Dine with Me The Chase The Jeremy Kyle Show This Morning
Liam Fox (Emmerdale) Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street) Joseph Thompson (Hollyoaks) David Witts (EastEnders)
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