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Aidan Turner in running for National Television Award for Poldark

Graham Norton also in the running for Best Presenter and Best Entertainment Programme

Published 06/01/2016 | 07:48

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Aidan Turner in Poldark.
Aidan Turner in BBC One's And Then There Were None
Dublin actor Aidan Turner.
Aidan Turner in BBC One's And Then There Were None

Dublin actor Aidan Turner is in the running for an National Television Award in the UK for his performance in hit BBC One period drama Poldark.

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Turner is up for Best Drama Performance against David Tennant for Broadchurch, Sheridan Smith in Black Work and Suranne Jones in Doctor Foster.

Poldark, which has had two series, has proved a massive success in the UK and Ireland as well as the US, with Turner's shirtless scything scene proving particularly popular among fans.

The producers recently revealed that the  famous scene was almost dropped, however, as they thought the actor's muscles were too big.

They were unaware the actor had been working out after landing the role and worried his physique did not fit an 18th century Cornishman just returned from fighting in the US Civil War.

Damien Timmer, executive producer of the BBC One drama said: "We hadn't seen him with his shirt off before we cast him. It wasn't a big thing whether he was going to be shirtless.

Dublin actor Aidan Turner.
Dublin actor Aidan Turner.

"Then we looked at the rushes [uncut footage] and said, 'Blimey, he's so muscly.' [We] worried he was too muscly. There were discussions about whether he just looked too well-built for that moment."

Fortunately the scene was eventually broadcast.

Turner has also recently gained recognition for his performance in the adaptation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.

The National Television Awards also sees Graham Norton in the running for the Best TV Presenter Award and Best Entertainment Programme for his hugely popular chat show.

Dermot O'Leary will host the awards from the O2 Arena in London on January 20.

Poldark star Aidan Turner's muscles 'too big for the role'

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