Britain’s National Television Awards: Downton Abbey Among The Leading Picks

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According to the list of nominees, the 2014 National Television Awards is going to be the fiercest battle between some of your favourite TV shows of 2013, featuring many great actors. Nevertheless, acclaimed period drama Downton Abbey is the favourite among the major candidates in two categories.

Downton Abbey was nominated in the Drama category alongside Doctor Who, Call the Midwife and Broadchurch. Dame Maggie Smith, star of Downton Abbey, is also nominated for Best Drama Performance.

The famous actress will stand against Martin Smith from Doctor Who, Martin Clunes from Doc Martin and Call the Midwife’s star Miranda Hart.

British TV drama Downton Abbey was created by Julian Fellowes and has been on air since 2010; it’s in its fourth season while the fifth is to be announced in 2014.

The 2014 National Television Awards also got a thrilling new category – the TV Detective of the Year – which is at the moment lead by Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock. Sherlock’s strongest competitions are Idris Elba’s Luther, and both David Tennant and Olivia Colman’s characters from the crime show Broadchurch.

TV Detective of The Year category also includes Bradley Walsh, star of Law & Order UK, and Suranne Jones from Scott & Bailey.

In addition, Ant and Dec are just about to become the 13th successive Best Entertainment Presenters if they defeat Alan Carr, Keith Lemon, Dermot O’Leary and Graham Norton. And that’s not all; Ant and Dec might be the night’s biggest winners since all three of their shows are nominated for an award: Britain’s Got Talent, I’m a Celebrity and Saturday Night Takeaway.

In 2013, Downton Abbey won the prize in the category Best Drama at the National Television Awards, when Hugh Bonneville said good storytelling and lovely settings are the key to the series’ success.

The awards ceremony, which will be hosted by Dermot O’Leary, will take place at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday, January 22.

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