Last Tango in Halifax up for top TV award

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Last Tango in Halifax has been nominated for best drama series at the 2015 TV Choice Awards.

The BBC drama, much of which was filmed across Calderdale, captured the hearts of millions across the nation.

Created by Sally Wainwright, the series follows widowers Alan Buttershaw and Celia Dawson, who rediscover their feelings for one another when they are reunited on Facebook.

It will vye for the top spot alongside Broadchurch, Downton Abbey and The Musketeers.

Jeremy Clarkson could also go out on a high, after his final series of Top Gear was nominated for best entertainment show.

The series finale, which also featured Richard Hammond and James May, bowed out with 5.8 million viewers when it aired on Sunday night.

Filming on the BBC2 motoring show was suspended after Clarkson was sacked for punching producer Oisin Tymon in a row over food in March. Chris Evans has signed a three-year deal to lead an all-new line-up of presenters for the programme.

Top Gear faces TV favourites Ant and Dec, whose show Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway is also up for the prize, along with ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and The Graham Norton Show.

Poldark star Aidan Turner, who kept viewers hooked with his impressive figure as Captain Ross Poldark in BBC1’s Cornish saga, is up for the best actor award against Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, Broadchurch lead David Tennant and James Nesbitt in The Missing.

The 32-year-old actor’s co-star Eleanor Tomlinson, who played his screen wife Demelza Poldark, made the shortlist for best actress, facing Sheridan Smith, Olivia Colman and Jenna Coleman for the prize.

The show itself has also been nominated for best new drama, alongside Cilla, ITV’s biopic about singer and presenter Cilla Black, and BBC1 series Ordinary Lies and The Missing.

The eight-episode show, which premiered in March and ended in April, has been a ratings winner. Almost seven million people tuned in for the first episode, while over six million viewers watched the finale.

TV favourites such as Gogglebox, I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! and One Born Every Minute have also received nominations.

The Great British Bake Off, with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as judges, faces Britain’s Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor for best talent show.

EastEnders stars Danny Dyer and Adam Woodyatt are up against Coronation Street’s Simon Gregson and Emmerdale actor Aaron Livesy for best soap actor, while EastEnders actress Kellie Bright faces Emmerdale’s Natalie Anderson, Coronation Street’s Alison King and Hollyoaks actress Nikki Sanderson for best soap actress.

TV Choice and Total TV Guide’s editor-in-chief Jon Peake said: “Top Gear is a big hit with our readers. Ant and Dec are also very popular and can do no wrong with our readers absolutely adoring them, so coming head-to-head with Ant and Dec could mean it’s a fight to the death.”

Lenny Henry will host the TV Choice Awards, which take place at the London Hilton Park Lane hotel on September 7.

Viewers have until July 10 to cast their votes at www.tvchoicemagazine.co.uk.