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Aidan Turner Vs Mary Berry - Poldark up against Bake Off for BAFTAs TV award

Published 29/03/2016 | 07:21

Aidan Turner as a fully-clothed Ross Poldark
Aidan Turner as a fully-clothed Ross Poldark

Poldark is up against The Great British Bake Off for the Radio Times Audience Award at the Baftas TV ceremony.

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The BBC's period drama and baking talent series are among the shortlist of six nominated 2015 TV programmes.

This is the only award which will be voted for by the British public at the event in May, formally known as the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards.

The remake of the1970s series centred on the life of Ross Poldark and made a heartthrob of its star Aidan Turner.

Bake-off
Bake-off

The scene in which his character wielded a scythe while topless was voted the best TV moment of 2015.

The Great British Bake Off, judged by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood and presented by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, was the most watched TV show of 2015.

More than 15 million people tuned in to see Nadiya Hussain crowned best amateur baker.

The shortlist for the Radio Times Audience Award was collated by a panel of leading media and entertainment journalists.

BBC drama Doctor Foster, in which Suranne Jones played the titular role, will also face the public vote.

The five-part series revolved around a deteriorating marriage and gripped millions of viewers.

Also nominated is Channel 4's Humans, starring Gemma Chan, which questioned what makes us human as it turned ruminations on the nature of humanity into a hair-raising thriller.

Peter Kay's Car Share, which was shown first on BBC iPlayer, is the streaming platform's most successful comedy series to premiere as a box-set to date.

Episode one racked up over one million requests alone.

The Lancashire comedian co-wrote the sitcom with co-star Sian Gibson, which centred on two colleagues sharing a car journey to and from work.

It premiered on BBC One with an impressive overnight average of 6.8 million viewers.

The list of British shows is rounded out by Netflix's Making A Murderer.

Filmed over a 10-year period in America, the streaming platform's acclaimed 10-part documentary was written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.

A real-life thriller, it revolved around Steven Avery, a man who was exonerated for one crime via DNA, but who then found himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

From 9am on March 29 until 4pm on May 5, members of the public will have the opportunity to vote for the Radio Times Audience Award at www.radiotimes.com/bafta.

Radio Times editor Ben Preston said: "British television is on a roll and viewers are revelling in this new golden age of choice and creativity.

"This shortlist is truly six of the best - six great but very different shows which all captured the public imagination and got the nation talking."

Bafta chief executive Amanda Berry added: "The six shortlisted programmes showcase truly entertaining and captivating television from last year.

"Every programme that made the list caught the public's attention and created conversation over the past year, which makes this a tough but exciting decision to make."

She continued: "I'm looking forward to finding out who the winner will be."

The Bafta TV Awards nominations will be announced on March 30.

The winner of the Radio Times Audience Award will be announced at the Bafta TV Awards ceremony on May 8.

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