'Top Gear' is in the running to be named Best Entertainment Show at the TV Choice Awards.

Former Top Gear presenters Clarkson, May and Hammond

Former Top Gear presenters Clarkson, May and Hammond

The BBC motoring series - which used to be presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May before Clarkson was dropped following a fracas with a producer - will be up against 'Ant And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway' and 'The Graham Norton Show' at the annual ceremony.

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."

The exiting 'Top Gear' trio have now been replaced by BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, who is currently putting together a new team of co-hosts, for a new series due to air next year, while Clarkson, May and Hammond are believed to be working on a new car programme.

Other notable nominees include Aidan Turner who is up for the Best Actor award for his performance in 'Poldark' and he will battle

'Doctor Who' star Peter Capaldi, 'Broadchurch' lead David Tennant and James Nesbitt for his role in 'The Missing'.

Aidan's co-star Eleanor Tomlinson - who played his screen wife Demelza Poldark - made the shortlist for Best Actress and is up against Sheridan Smith, Olivia Colman and Jenna-Louise Coleman in the category.

'Poldark' has been nominated as Best New Drama along with 'Cilla' - ITV's biopic about Cilla Black - 'Ordinary Lies' and 'The Missing'.

Julian Fellowes' period drama 'Downton Abbey' is among the shows vying for Best Drama Series with 'Broadchurch', 'Last Tango In Halifax' and 'The Musketeers'.

The Best Soap Actor category will once again be hotly contested as 'EastEnders' stars Danny Dyer and Adam Woodyatt take on Coronation Street's Simon Gregson and Emmerdale actor Aaron Livesy, while EastEnders' actress Kellie Bright faces Emmerdale's Natalie Anderson, Coronation Street's Alison King and Hollyoaks' Nikki Sanderson for the Best Soap Actress prize.

Lenny Henry will host the TV Choice Awards and the star-studded event which take place at the London Hilton Park Lane hotel on September 7.

TVChoice Awards 2015 full list of nominees:

Best Drama Series:


Downton Abbey

Last Tango In Halifax

The Musketeers

Best New Drama:


The Missing

Ordinary Lies


Best Family Drama:

Call The Midwife


Doctor Who

Holby City

Best Entertainment Show:

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

Celebrity Juice

The Graham Norton Show

Top Gear

Best Factual Entertainment Show:


One Born Every Minute

Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

The Supervet

Best International Show:

The Big Bang Theory (E4)

Game Of Thrones (Sky Atlantic)

The Simpsons (Sky1)

The Walking Dead (Fox)

Best Food Show:

Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste Of The Sun

Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites

Saturday Kitchen

Sunday Brunch

Best Reality Show:

Big Brother/Celebrity Big Brother

I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

The Island With Bear Grylls

The Only Way Is Essex

Best Comedy:

Benidorm (ITV)

Birds Of A Feather (ITV)

Peter Kay's Car Share (BBC1)

W1A (BBC2)

Best Talent Show:

Britain's Got Talent

The Great British Bake Off

Strictly Come Dancing

The X Factor

Best Daytime Show:

The Jeremy Kyle Show

Judge Rinder


This Morning

Best Actor:

Peter Capaldi Doctor Who

James Nesbitt The Missing

David Tennant Broadchurch

Aidan Turner Poldark

Best Actress:

Jenna Coleman Doctor Who

Olivia Colman Broadchurch

Sheridan Smith Cilla

Eleanor Tomlinson Poldark

Best Soap Actor:

Danny Dyer

Mick Carter EastEnders (BBC1)

Simon Gregson

Steve McDonald Coronation Street (ITV)

Danny Miller

Aaron Livesy Emmerdale (ITV)

Adam Woodyatt

Ian Beale EastEnders (BBC1)

Best Soap Actress:

Natalie Anderson

Alicia Metcalfe Emmerdale (ITV)

Kellie Bright

Linda Carter EastEnders (BBC1)

Alison King

Carla Connor Coronation Street (ITV)

Nikki Sanderson

Maxine Minniver Hollyoaks (C4)

Best Soap Newcomer:

Lucy Fallon

Bethany Platt Coronation Street (ITV)

Davood Ghadami

Kush Kazemi EastEnders (BBC1)

Ryan Hawley

Robert Sugden Emmerdale (ITV)

Sean Ward

Callum Logan Coronation Street (ITV)

Best Soap:

Coronation Street (ITV)

EastEnders (BBC1)

Emmerdale (ITV)

Hollyoaks (C4)