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Friday 22 September 2017

Downton battles Dr Who for top TV drama award

Downton Abbey will take on Doctor Who for the title of top drama at an awards night in London tonight.

The period saga about the Crawley family has been shortlisted for the UK TV 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.

Earlier this month Downton, which stars Irish actress Michelle Doherty, landed a Golden Globe in the US as best mini-series.

Doctor Who stars are up for two further awards with Matt Smith, who plays The Doctor, up for best male performance, while Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) is up for the female equivalent.

However, none of the Downton stars make the running for any of the acting gongs. The event brings together many of the biggest names in TV and is hosted by Dermot O'Leary.

Ant and Dec will be hoping to take the top entertainment presenter prize for an 11th year on the run after being shortlisted once again.

The Geordie duo line up against X Factor host Dermot O'Leary, Keith Lemon and Michael McIntyre.

Jonathan Ross goes up against Graham Norton, Alan Carr and the Loose Women team for the best talk show category.

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.

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