Dr Who vs Downton in TV awards

Doctor Who is up against Downton for best drama at the Monte Carlo TV Festival awards

Doctor Who is taking on Downton Abbey in the Monte Carlo TV Festival awards, with both nominated in the drama category.

The two hit shows are among the 12 nominees in the field, which also includes Homeland, which stars British actors Damian Lewis and David Harewood, and Breaking Bad against Danish dramas The Killing and Borgen.

The awards, known as The Competition, recognise the best TV programmes and actors from around the world and are chosen by a star-studded jury.

Channel 4's university-set sitcom Fresh Meat and BBC's long-running sci-fi series Red Dwarf are among the nominees for the TV comedy category, alongside US hits 30 Rock and Modern Family.

ITV's detective drama Broadchurch and BBC's Dancing On The Edge battle it out for top mini-series, along with American show Hatfields And McCoys.

CSI: Miami, House and The Mentalist are in the line-up for top drama in the Audience Awards, while Mr Bean, featuring Rowan Atkinson, faces Two And A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory in the best comedy category.

The Monte Carlo festival, now in its 53rd year, will run from June 9-13.

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