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Downton Abbey leads Britain's National Television Awards

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Jan 07, 2014 | 4:35am EST

Acclaimed period drama Downton Abbey is among the big contenders at Britain's upcoming National Television Awards. The TV show has scored a nod in the Drama category along with Call The Midwife, Broadchurch and sci-fi series Doctor Who, while Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith is up for the best Drama Performance prize. The veteran actress will compete against Doctor Who's Matt Smith as well as Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) and Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife). Other big names in the competition include Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who will battle Luther's Idris Elba for the top TV Detective title, along with Broadchurch co-stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman, who will compete against each other for the prize. Law & Order UK star Bradley Walsh is also included in the category, along with Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey). The awards will be handed out in a cermeony at London's O2 Arena on 22 January (14).

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