TV Choice Awards 2017: Netflix drama The Crown and ITV’s Victoria to battle for the throne

Decadent royal offerings is the order of the day, as the pair will fight to take home the lucrative Best New Drama gong, while Cornish drama Poldark is up against the hugely popular Broadchurch, starring David Tennant. 

Call The Midwife, Casualty, Doctor Who and The Durrells are all nominated for Best Family Drama, and in the best entertainment show category, Saturday night favourite Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway will go against All Round to Mrs Brown’s, Celebrity Juice, and The Graham Norton Show. 

In addition, the final series of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off, before it heads over to rival Channel 4, is nominated alongside Britain’s Got Talent Masterchef and Strictly Come Dancing for Best Talent Show.

While The Crown, starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith, received immense critical praise for its superior acting and impressive production values, the show failed to take home a single gong at the BAFTA TV awards this year, losing out to Happy Valley for Best New Drama. 

However, the second seasons of the period dramas are both highly-anticipated, with actors dropping several hints about the next instalments.

Victoria Hamilton, who plays the Queen Mother in The Crown, revealed on the BAFTA red carpet that season two has already finished shooting, and she is just as excited for it to be released as other fans.

“It’s as rich and as detailed and as extraordinary as series one was.

“It’s moving into the 60s, so… it’s very much about that very modern encroaching world and the world that is the establishment of The Crown,” she teased.

Meanwhile, a new trailer for Victoria’s second season recently dropped, in which viewers can see Jenna Coleman’s Queen christening her first-born child alongside her husband Prince Albert (played by Tom Hughes).

Other news on the sumptuous series announced that actress dame Diana Rigg has joined the star-studded cast as the Queen’s new mistress of the robes, the Duchess of Buccleuch. 

Both The Crown and Victoria are expected to return to Netflix and ITV, respectively, later this year.

The TV Choice Awards will take place on September 4.

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