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'Who' stars to compete for NTA prize

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'Who' stars to compete for NTA prize
Doctor Who stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate are to go head-to-head at this year's National Television Awards.

Lead actor Tennant and Who newcomer Tate, who played The Doctor's companion Donna Noble, have both received a nomination in a new Outstanding Drama Performance category. However, they face competition from Ashes To Ashes star Philip Glenister (Gene Hunt) and The Bill's Alex Walkinshaw (Sgt. Dale Smith).

Meanwhile, Hollyoaks star Matt Littler (Max Cunningham) is the only male actor to be recognised in the Outstanding Serial Drama Performance category. He is nominated alongside Coronation Street's Katherine Kelly (Becky Granger), EastEnders actress Lacey Turner (Stacey Branning) and Emmerdale's Charlotte Bellamy (Laurel Thomas).

The Most Popular Newcomer category is dominated by faces from soaps and serial dramas, with Casualty's Georgia Taylor (Ruth Winters), Coronation Street's Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre), EastEnders actress Rita Simons (Roxy Mitchell) and Hollyoaks actor Barry Sloane (Niall Rafferty) all receiving a nomination.

'Big Three' soaps EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale are nominated alongside Hollyoaks in the Most Popular Serial Drama category, while Desperate Housewives, Shameless, The Bill and Doctor Who will compete for the Most Popular Drama prize.

Reality favourites Big Brother and I'm A Celebrity... appear alongside Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and The Paul O'Grady Show in the Most Popular Entertainment Show category. Elsewhere, ratings juggernauts Britain's Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing, The X Factor and Dancing On Ice have been nominated for Most Popular Talent Show.

The Most Popular Comedy Programme category sees Benidorm, Harry Hill's TV Burp, My Family and Ugly Betty facing off, while TV hosts Alan Carr, Ant & Dec, Paul O'Grady and Justin Lee Collins will contest the Most Popular Entertainment Presenter prize.

Finally, the Most Popular Factual Programme category will see a battle between Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, The Apprentice, This Morning and Top Gear.

The shortlist was drawn up following a viewer poll which saw over one million votes cast. Another vote will now determine the winners in each category.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on ITV1 on October 29.

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