Thursday 22 February 2018

Downton Abbey in contention for swansong victory at TV Choice Awards

Jim Carter is in contention for an award
Jim Carter is in contention for an award

Downton Abbey's long goodbye continues - as the series has been nominated for best drama at the TV Choice Awards.

The period drama, which concluded on Christmas Day after six series, is up against fan favourites Happy Valley, Grantchester, Peaky Blinders and This Is England '90.

Jim Carter, who played butler Mr Carson, is in the running for best actor, while Laura Carmichael has also been nominated for best actress for playing Lady Edith.

Carter will face fierce competition in the best actor category from some of the biggest names in television.

Benedict Cumberbatch is up for the award for his role in Shakespeare adaptation The Hollow Crown, while other nominees include Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy, Tom Hiddleston for The Night Manager, Martin Clunes for Doc Martin and Peter Capaldi for Doctor Who.

Carter's co-star Carmichael will face off against former Doctor Who companion Jenna Coleman, Doctor Foster's Suranne Jones, Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire, and Black Work's Sheridan Smith - who last year triumphed for her role in Cilla.

The Great British Bake Off may be in the running for best talent show alongside The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and Strictly Come Dancing, but the food programme's judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will also be in direct competition with each other.

Mary Berry's Foolproof Cooking and Paul Hollywood: City Bakes have both been nominated for best food show, alongside Saturday Kitchen and Simply Nigella.

Coronation Street's Platt family has had an exceptional year - as Jack P Shepherd (David Platt), Paula Lane (Kylie Platt) and Tina O'Brien (Sarah Platt) are all nominated.

Danny Dyer has received a nod for playing Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter on EastEnders, while Lucy Pargeter is in the running for playing Chas Dingle on Emmerdale, and Hollyoaks' Greg Wood could win for his role as Trevor Royle.

TV Choice and Total TV Guide editor-in-chief Jon Peake said: " Year after year the attendance of our awards proves what the event means to our biggest stars and shows, who know that it's the viewers who pick the winners.

"We are delighted to be approaching our 20th year of celebrating TV with another truly memorable night."

The awards will take place at The Dorchester Hotel in London on September 5, with Jo Brand as host.

:: Viewers have until Friday June 3 to cast their first round votes online or by post. Voting will then re-open after the shortlist is announced.

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