TOP television favourite David Jason has been nominated in a record four categories for this year's National Television Awards, it was announced yesterday.

Viewers voted Jason, 57, into the shortlists for most popular comedy performer and most popular actor, while his shows A Touch Of Frost and Only Fools And Horses have also been nominated.

Jason accepted a special recognition award at last year's ceremony in the Royal Albert Hall, London

Another performer mentioned again is Lisa Riley, Emmerdale's Mandy Dingle, who was chosen as best newcomer last year and is now nominated in the most popular actress category.

A record 320,000 viewers cast their votes for the shortlist, and the awards ceremony, again hosted by Trevor McDonald, will be televised live on October 8.

Viewers also decide the winners of the coveted awards, which for the first time include a category for favourite advertisement - Nike, Safeway, Rolo and WH Smith have been nominated.

''Some adverts are as gripping as dramas or amusing as comedy shows. Viewers often enjoy them as much as the programmes,'' said Kim Turberville of makers Indigo Television.

David Jason is up against Only Fools And Horses colleague Nicholas Lyndhurst in the best comedy performer category.

The last ever Only Fools And Horses, a three-part Christmas Special, drew a huge audience and were the only new outings for the evergreen series in the last year. However, both actors have been on television in other things - Jason in A Touch Of Frost and Lyndhurst in Goodnight, Sweetheart.

The National Television Awards shortlist, with last year's winners in brackets at end of each section:

Most popular drama series: A Touch Of Frost, ER, London's Burning, and Reckless. (The Bill).

Most popular comedy programme: Birds Of A Feather, Friends, Men Behaving Badly, Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special. (Men Behaving Badly).

Most popular actress: Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully, X Files), Pam Ferris (Peggy Snow, Where The Heart Is), Claire King (Kim Tate, Emmerdale), Martine McCut-cheon (Tiffany Mitchell, EastEnders), Lisa Riley (Mandy Dingle, Emmerdale). (Dervla Kirwan, Ballykissangel).

Most popular newcomer: Rebecca Callard (Kate Morris, The Grand), Tina Hobley (Samantha Failsworth, Coronation Street), Jonathan Kerrigan (Dr Sam Colloby, Casualty), Matthew Marsden (Chris Collins, Coronation Street), Ben Unwin (Jesse McGregor, Home And Away). (Lisa Riley, Mandy Dingle, Emmerdale).

Most popular actor: George Clooney (Dr Doug Ross, ER), Robson Green (Reckless), David Jason (DI Jack Frost, A Touch Of Frost), Ross Kemp (Grant Mitchell, EastEnders), Paul Nicholls (Joe Wicks, EastEnders). (David Duchovny, Mulder, X Files).

Most popular entertainment presenter: Michael Barrymore, Shane Richie, Lily Savage, Dale Winton. (Michael Barrymore).

Most popular comedy performer: Rowan Atkinson (Thin Blue Line), Harry Enfield (Harry Enfield And Chums), David Jason (Only Fools And Horses), Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools And Horses), Pauline Quirke (Birds Of A Feather). (Martin Clunes, Men Behaving Badly).

Most popular serial drama: Neighbours, Emmerdale, Family Affairs, EastEnders, Brookside, Coronation Street, Home And Away (EastEnders).

Most popular entertainment programme: An Evening With Lily Savage, Noel's House Party, Shooting Stars, Stars In Their Eyes. (Stars In Their Eyes).

Top young people's programme: Blue Peter, Holly-oaks, The Simpsons and Top Of The Pops. (Top Of The Pops).

Most popular talk show: The Clive James Show, Des O'Connor Tonight, The Mrs Merton Show, Ricki Lake. (Ricki Lake).

Most popular quiz: Countdown, Have I Got News For You, Michael Barrymore's Strike It Rich, They Think It's All Over. (They Think It's All Over).

Most popular factual entertainment programme: Animal Hospital; Antiques Roadshow; Police, Camera, Action!, Ready, Steady, Cook (Animal Hospital).

Most popular daytime programme: Can't Cook Won't Cook, Supermarket Sweep, This Morning, Vanessa. (None awarded).

Most popular advertisement: Nike (Good v Evil), Rolo (Elephant), Safeway (Harry and Molly), WH Smith (Nicholas Lyndhurst). (New category).

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