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Top Gear up for TV Choice award


Jeremy Clarkson could be bowing out of Top Gear on a high

Jeremy Clarkson could be bowing out of Top Gear on a high

Jeremy Clarkson could be bowing out of Top Gear on a high

Jeremy Clarkson could be going out on a high, after his final series of Top Gear was nominated for best entertainment show at the 2015 TV Choice Awards.

The series finale, which also featured Richard Hammond and James May, bowed out with 5.8 million viewers when it aired on Sunday night.

Filming on the BBC2 motoring show was suspended after Clarkson was sacked for punching producer Oisin Tymon in a row over food in March. Chris Evans has signed a three-year deal to lead an all-new line-up of presenters for the programme.

Top Gear faces TV favourites Ant and Dec, whose show Ant And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is also up for the prize, along with ITV2's Celebrity Juice and The Graham Norton Show.

Poldark star Aidan Turner, who kept viewers hooked with his impressive figure as Captain Ross Poldark in BBC1's Cornish saga, is up for the best actor award against Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, Broadchurch lead David Tennant and James Nesbitt in The Missing.

The 32-year-old actor's co-star Eleanor Tomlinson, who played his screen wife Demelza Poldark, made the shortlist for best actress, facing Sheridan Smith, Olivia Colman and Jenna Coleman for the prize.

The show itself has also been nominated for best new drama, alongside Cilla, ITV's biopic about singer and presenter Cilla Black, and BBC1 series Ordinary Lies and The Missing.

The eight-episode show, which premiered in March and ended in April, has been a ratings winner. Almost seven million people tuned in for the first episode, while over six million viewers watched the finale.

Julian Fellowes' period drama Downton Abbey is amongst the shows vying for best drama series, alongside Broadchurch, Last Tango In Halifax and The Musketeers, while TV favourites such as Gogglebox, I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! and One Born Every Minute have also received nominations.

The Great British Bake Off, with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as judges, faces Britain's Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor for best talent show.

EastEnders stars Danny Dyer and Adam Woodyatt are up against Coronation Street's Simon Gregson and Emmerdale actor Aaron Livesy for best soap actor, while EastEnders actress Kellie Bright faces Emmerdale's Natalie Anderson, Coronation Street's Alison King and Hollyoaks actress Nikki Sanderson for best soap actress.

TV Choice and Total TV Guide's editor-in-chief Jon Peake said: "Top Gear is a big hit with our readers. Ant and Dec are also very popular and can do no wrong with our readers absolutely adoring them, so coming head-to-head with Ant and Dec could mean it's a fight to the death."

Lenny Henry will host the TV Choice Awards, which take place at the London Hilton Park Lane hotel on September 7.

Viewers have until July 10 to cast their votes at www.tvchoicemagazine.co.uk.

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