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National Television Awards: Street leads shortlist

Coronation Street
Image caption Coronation Street lost out to EastEnders last year for best serial drama

Coronation Street leads the shortlist for this year's National Television Awards with four nominations including best serial drama.

Doctor Who, EastEnders and Emmerdale all have three nominations each.

Most categories in the shortlist, whittled down from a longlist announced in September, have four nominees each.

Ant and Dec are hoping to win the entertainment presenter prize for the 11th year running at the audience-voted awards at the O2 Arena on 25 January.

They go up against awards host Dermot O'Leary, comedian Leigh Francis's alter-ego Keith Lemon and Michael McIntyre, whose comedy roadshow is also nominated for best entertainment programme - alongside Dynamo: Magician Impossible, Harry Hill's TV Burp and Take Me Out.

Britain's Got Talent, which featured McIntyre as a judge, is also up for best talent show against Dancing On Ice, Strictly Come Dancing and O'Leary's The X Factor.

Keith Lemon's quiz Celebrity Juice is nominated for best comedy panel show against Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week and QI.

Image caption Top Gear won last year's factual programme prize

Doctor Who competes against last year's best drama Waterloo Road as well as Downton Abbey and Merlin.

Matt Smith, who plays the Doctor, goes up against Torchwood's John Barrowman, Doc Martin's Martin Clunes and Shameless actor David Threlfall for male drama performance.

Smith's co-star Karen Gillan is up alongside Waterloo Road's Jaye Jacobs, Scott & Bailey's Suranne Jones and Torchwood's Eve Myles for the equivalent female price.

Miranda, Benidorm and Outnumbered are up for best sitcom while The Only Way is Essex, Come Dine With Me, The Apprentice and I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! compete for reality show.

For factual programme, An Idiot Abroad, Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, This Morning and Top Gear are in the mix while Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Loose Women, The Graham Norton Show and The Jonathan Ross Show are up for best chat show.

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