Downton Abbey faces TOWIE at TV BAFTAs

ITV1 period drama 'Downton Abbey' will face ITV2 reality show 'The Only Way Is Essex' in the hope of being crowned winner of the Philips TV BAFTA YouTube Audience Award

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Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville

'Downton Abbey' will face 'The Only Way Is Essex' in the BAFTA YouTube Audience Award category.

The ITV1 period drama and the ITV2 reality show have both been nominated for the prestigious accolade alongside 'The Killing', 'Miranda', 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' and detective series 'Sherlock'.

The award will be given to the most popular programme of the last year at the upcoming Philips British Academy Television Awards, and it is the only honour voted for by the public.

Jayme Goldstein, UK Marketing Manager from YouTube, said: "The diversity of the Audience Award nominations this year shows it has been a stellar one for TV. YouTube is home to many of the top shows on TV so it's fantastic that our community is once again able to decide this year's Audience Award winner."

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, added: "It is fantastic to see such an eclectic list of programmes nominated for this year's YouTube Audience Award. These programmes have captured the British viewers' attention and have earned their place on this year's shortlist."

From Tuesday 19 May until 5pm on Friday 20 May, members of the public will have the opportunity to vote for the YouTube Audience Award at www.youtube.com/baftaonline.

The awards - which will be hosted by Graham Norton - will be held at Grosvenor House in London on 22 May.

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