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Mary Berry takes on Simon Cowell at NTA awards

Mary Berry and Simon Cowell Image copyright Getty/PA
Image caption Mary Berry also has her own series, Mary Berry Cooks

The Great British Bake-Off's Mary Berry is pitted against X Factor's Simon Cowell at this year's National Television Awards (NTAs).

They face Cowell's Britain's Got Talent co-star David Walliams alongside his X Factor colleague Cheryl Fernandez-Versini in a new TV judge category.

Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Geordie Shore and Celebrity Juice will compete for the new multichannel prize.

The awards will take place on 21 January at the O2 in London.

Acting stars Dame Maggie Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Lancashire and Sheridan Smith are up for best drama performance for their roles in Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Happy Valley and Cilla respectively.

Downton, Sherlock and Cilla also go head-to-head for best drama, alongside Doctor Who.

NTA favourites Ant and Dec are nominated in the entertainment category for Saturday Night Takeway and I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, along with Through the Keyhole and Celebrity Big Brother.

Gogglebox is among the runners for best factual show, while X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, The Voice UK and Britain's Got Talent will do battle for best talent show.

Ratings hit Mrs Brown's Boys takes on Benidorm, Outnumbered and The Big Bang Theory in the coveted comedy category.

Dermot O'Leary will present the awards live on ITV.

Last year's winners included Doctor Who, Coronation Street and Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs.

The NTAs are voted for by the public.

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