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Downton Abbey to take on Doctor Who at National Television Awards

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Downton Abbey to take on Doctor Who at National Television Awards

'Downton Abbey' is set to go head-to-head with 'Doctor Who' as they compete to be crowned the Best Drama at this year's National Television Awards (NTAs).

The popular ITV series, which came to an end over the festive period following five years on screen, will battle it out against the BBC one science-fiction programme at this month's award ceremony after making it onto the shortlist.

Funny presenting duo Ant and Dec is set to add to their huge collection of trophies after being nominated for Best TV Presenter, which they've bagged 14 years in a row, alongside Rylan Clark and Graham Norton.

EastEnders' Danny Dyer is up for Best Serial Drama Performance, which he also won last year, for his role as pub landlord Mick Carter but he'll have to fight off stiff competition from 'Coronation Street's Alison King (Carla Connor) and 'Emmerdale's Michael Parr (Ross Barton).

'Doctor Foster' and 'Ordinary Lies', which have both been commissioned for a second series, will battle it out for Best New Drama, while 'Benidorm' and 'Birds of a Feather' are up for Best Comedy at the forthcoming glamorous event.

Meanwhile, 'EastEnders,' 'Coronation Street,' 'Emmerdale' and 'Hollyoaks' will compete in the Serial Drama category.

Voting for the event will be open until noon on January 20 via www.nationaltvawards.com.

The National Television Awards, hosted again by Dermot O'Leary, will take place at London's O2 on January 20 at 7:30pm and will broadcast live on ITV.

The full NTAs shortlist 2016 is as follows;

Talent Show:

'Britain's Got Talent'

'Strictly Come Dancing'

'The Voice UK'

'The X Factor'

Challenge Show:

'Bear Grylls: Mission Survive'

'MasterChef'

'The Apprentice'

'The Great British Bake Off'

Serial Drama:

'Coronation Street'

'EastEnders'

'Emmerdale'

'Hollyoaks'

Comedy:

'Benidorm'

'Birds of a Feather'

'Not Going Out'

'Peter Kay's Car Share'

Drama:

'Broadchurch'

'Casualty'

'Doctor Who'

'Downton Abbey'

New Drama:

'Doctor Foster'

'Humans'

'Ordinary Lies'

'Poldark'

Factual Entertainment:

'DIY SOS: The Big Build'

'Gogglebox'

'Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs'

'Top Gear'

Live Magazine Show:

'BBC Breakfast'

'Loose Women'

'The One Show'

'This Morning'

Drama Performance:

Suranne Jones ('Doctor Foster')

Sheridan Smith ('Black Work')

David Tennant ('Broadchurch')

Aidan Turner ('Poldark')

Entertainment Programme:

'Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway'

'Celebrity Juice'

'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!'

'The Graham Norton Show'

Newcomer:

Gemma Atkinson ('Emmerdale')

Richard Blackwood ('EastEnders')

Parry Glasspool ('Hollyoaks')

Shayne Ward ('Coronation Street')

Serial Drama Performance:

Danny Dyer ('EastEnders')

Alison King ('Coronation Street')

Michael Parr ('Emmerdale')

Rakhee Thakrar '(EastEnders')

International:

'Game of Thrones'

'Orange is the New Black'

'The Big Bang Theory'

Daytime:

'Pointless'

'The Chase'

'The Jeremy Kyle Show'

'The Paul O'Grady Show'

TV Presenter:

Ant & Dec

Graham Norton

Mel & Sue

Rylan Clark