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Downton Abbey’s long goodbye continues – as the series has been nominated for best drama at the TV ...

Downton Abbey, Benedict Cumberbatch and Danny Dyer have been nominated for TV Choice Awards

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Downton Abbey’s long goodbye continues – as the series has been nominated for best drama at the TV Choice Awards.

The period drama, which concluded on Christmas Day after six series, is up against fan favourites Happy Valley, Grantchester, Peaky Blinders and This Is England ’90.

Jim Carter, who played butler Mr Carson, is in the running for best actor, while Laura Carmichael has also been nominated for best actress for playing Lady Edith.

Jim will face fierce competition in the best actor category from some of the biggest names in television.

Benedict Cumberbatch is up for the award for his role in Shakespeare adaptation The Hollow Crown, while other nominees include Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy, Tom Hiddleston for The Night Manager, Martin Clunes for Doc Martin and Peter Capaldi for Doctor Who.

Jim’s co-star Laura will face off against former Doctor Who companion Jenna Coleman, Doctor Foster’s Suranne Jones, Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire, and Black Work’s Sheridan Smith – who last year triumphed for her role in Cilla.

The Great British Bake Off may be in the running for best talent show alongside The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and Strictly Come Dancing, but the food programme’s judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will also be in direct competition with each other.

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