Hit period drama Downton Abbey has triumphed over beloved British Tv shows Sherlock and Doctor Who to take home the coveted Best Drama title at the U.K.’s National Television Awards on Wednesday (23Jan13).
Sherlock and Doctor Who were among the favourites to win prizes at the London ceremony after garnering a total of five nominations between them, but it was Julian Fellowes’ popular series, starring Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery, which landed the top honour.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the fictional detective and Matt Smith’s role as the Time Lord were also snubbed in the Best Male Performance in a Drama category – Colin Morgan claimed that title for his axed Bbc series Merlin.
Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillen also missed out on an award – she lost out to Call the Midwife’s Miranda Hart in the Best Female Performance category.
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Sherlock and Doctor Who will go head to head later this month for two of the big prizes at the National Television awards, which will feature a special award to celebrate the success of the Olympics and Paralympics.
The two BBC1 shows are both nominated for best drama, along with ITV1’s Downton Abbey and Merlin, which has just been brought to an end by BBC1.
Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch are in the running for the best drama actor prize, along with Merlin’s Colin Morgan and Daniel Mays, who starred in ITV1’s Mrs Biggs.
The nominations bode well for Steven Moffat, the Doctor Who showrunner who is also, along with former League of Gentlemen star Mark Gatiss, co-creator of Sherlock.
There is another Doctor Who nomination for Karen Gillan, who played the doctor’s former companion Amy Pond and bowed out of the series last year.
Gillan is nominated in the drama performance female category, along with Miranda Hart of BBC1’s Call The Midwife, Suranne Jones of ITV1’s Scott & Bailey and Sheridan Smith (Mrs Biggs)….
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