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Wednesday, 8 March, 2000, 18:20 GMT
Tarrant up for top TV prize
Chris Tarrant
Chris Tarrant: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? won best entertainment series last year
Chris Tarrant is to battle it out with investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre and The Big Breakfast host Johnny Vaughan for a prestigious TV award.

The trio have been shortlisted for the best presenter award at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards, with Tarrant nominated for his work on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

donal macintrye
Donal MacIntrye: Undercover host competing with Tarrant
Other nominees include Ali G's creator, Sacha Baron Cohen, who is nominated for best television performance, against Graham Norton and impressionist Graham Norton.

Dame Thora Hird is nominated for best female actor for her role in Lost For Words, in which she played Pete Postlethwaite's mother struggling to cope after a stroke.

She won the same prize last year for her part in Alan Bennett's Talking Heads series. This year she faces competition from Lindsay Duncan for Shooting The Past and Marianne Jean-Baptiste for The Murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Lost For Words
Dame Thora Hird with Pete Postlethwaite in Lost For Words
The Royle Family is up for two awards - for best situation comedy and comedy drama - and a further award for writers Craig Cash and Caroline Aherne.

BBC One drama Warriors has four nominations: for best team, best single drama, best actor for Matthew Macfadyen and best writer for Leigh Jackson.

Macfadyen is up against The Vice star Ken Stott and Michael Gambon, for Wives and Daughters.

Meanwhile, Channel 4's controversial Queer As Folk is nominated for best drama serial and The Naked Chef star Jamie Oliver is up for a "network newcomer" award. The League of Gentlemen, Smack the Pony, and Have I Got News For You are nominated for the entertainment award.

The awards - to be presented by Angela Rippon - will be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 21 March.

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