The popular BBC series is up for Best Entertainment Show at this year’s awards, but faces stiff competition from rivals Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, The Graham Norton Show and Celebrity Juice.
The final episode of the car show starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May aired Sunday night and saw 5.8 million viewers tune in to watch the Top Gear trio.
The three presenters left the show following a “crash” between Jeremy, 55, and producer Osin Tymon which saw the controversial host fired from the BBC. Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans was announced as the new face of Top Gear two weeks ago and is looking for a new set of co-hosts to join him for the new series which will air next year. .
The Top Gear finale featured the three stars down to their usual antics as they raced luxury 4×4 cars through the English countryside and attempted to climb a dry ski slope. The episode consisted of the last two films shot before the incident and was connected via a series of links shot by Richard, 45, and James, 52.
Jeremy’s absence from the show was felt given the glaring lack of the usual Top Gear audience that fills the aircraft hangar where the show is filmed. However, there was an indirect reference to the “smashes” made by the BBC, a giant elephant was seen in the background of the ties and was literally the elephant in the room.
It is believed that the old hosts will present a new auto show to compete with Top Gear, which is due to be unveiled in a few weeks and could spark a bidding war between broadcasters eager to grab it back.
TV Choice and Total TV Guide Editor-in-Chief Jon Peake said, “Top Gear is a big hit with our readers. Ant and Dec are also very popular and can’t hurt with our readers who love them. absolutely, so one-on-one – the one-on-one with Ant and Dec could mean it’s a fight to the death. “
Other nominees vying for the top prizes include the BBC’s Cornish period drama Poldark, which was an audience success for the broadcaster and averaged 7 million people each week.
The eight-part series was nominated for Best New Drama Series, alongside ITV biopic Cilla, Ordinary Lies and The Missing.
Poldark made a star in the lead role of Aidan Turner as the dashing hero, who is in the running for the best actor gong but will have to face Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, David Tennant of Broadchurch and James Nesbitt who played a grieving father in The Missing.
The nominations were announced in May, but the public can still choose their favorite shows at www.tvchoicemagazine.co.uk and have until July 10 to vote.
This year’s TV Choice Awards will be hosted by comedian Sir Lenny Henry and take place at the Hilton Park Lane hotel in London on September 7.