The short list for this year’s Bafta Nominations has been revealed with Julian Fellowes’ ITV drama Downton Abbey receiving several nominations and E4’S Misfits also clocking up a few nominations.
This year’s Bafta Ceremony will be held on the 22nd May at Grosvenor House in London. So exactly who/what has been nomination for each category? FInd out below.
In the leading actor category Jim Broadbent has been nominated for the Channel Four drama Any Human Heart. Two of Steven Moffat’s leading actors are also nominated in the category; Matt Smith for Doctor Who and Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock. Finally Daniel Rigby is nominated as well for his role in the BBC Two biopic Eric and Ernie which was a huge ratings hit for the channel when it aired earlier this year. In the leading actress category Anna Maxwell Martin is up for the BBC One drama South Riding against Natalie Press for Five Daughters and Julie Stevenson for Jimmy McGovern’s Accused – both also BBC dramas. The category is rounded off by Vicky McClure for Channel Four’s This Is England ’86.
In the supporting actor category there’s another nod for Sherlock as Martin Freeman is on the list while Downton Abbey’s Brenda Coyle is also nominated. Robert Sheehan of Misfits and Johnny Harris for This Is England ’86 are also nominated. Any Human Heart gets another nomination this time for Gillan Anderson while Misfits is also nominated for Lauren Socha. BBC Four’s The Road to Coronation Street, which told the story of the ITV soaps birth, is nominated twice; for Lynda Barron and Jessie Wallace.
For Comedy Performances the ever popular Miranda Hart is nominated for her self-titled BBC Two comedy which will move to BBC One for its next series. Dawn French has also been nominated for her BBC Two series Roger and Val Have Just Got In while Jo Brand is nominated for the BBC Four comedy Getting On. Katherine Parkinson is nominated for her role in the hugely popular Channel Four comedy The IT Crowd. In the male category David Mitchell is nominated for his role in the Peep Show, James Buickley for The Inbetweeners, Tom Hollander for Rev and Steve Coogan for The Trip.
Sticking with comedy and Catherine Tate’s Little Cracker is up for an award. BBC One’s hugely successful Come Fly With Me, from Matt Lucas & David Walliams, is also nominated. BBC Two comedy Harry and Paul, reportedly axed according to some tabloids, has been nominated and Facejacker. In the Situation Comedy category BBC One’s late-night comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys is up for the award. The critics weren’t impressed but clearly the viewers loved it as ratings rose to 4 million which isn’t bad for a post-news slot. Rev, Peep Show and The Trip are also nominated in the category.
Moving onto the drama categories and for Single drama The Road to Coronation Street is up against Eric and Ernie, I am Slave and The Special Relationship. Downton Abbey is up for the Best Drama Series but it’ll face tough competition for Sherlock, Misfits and Being Human – all equally popular shows with their respective audiences. In Drama Serial Any Human Heart receives another nomination and is up against Mad Dogs, The Sinking of the Laconia and The Promise. In the Continuing Drama category Casualty and Waterloo Road will battle it out with EastEnders and Coronation Street.
Several years ago Casualty famously won over Corrie in the same category much to the chagrin of some cast members of the ITV soap. When Waterloo Road won an award at the National Television Awards earlier this year one Corrie cast member in particular was baffled and took to Twitter to express their surprise – not always a wise move seeing as users of the social networking tool were quick to Tweet right back at them.
For the international drama award E4’s Glee, which has seen ratings top 2 million, will battle Broadwalk Empire, The Killing and Mad Men. Will one of the three critically acclaimed but arguably niche shows manage to topple of the popularity of Glee and snatch the award? In the Features category Channel Four’s Come Dine With Me will be up against Mary Queen of Shops, Pineapple Dance Studios and Hugh’s Fish Fight. Entertainment wise and predictably The X Factor is nominated with The Cube, The Graham Norton Show and Have I Got News For You all in the category as well.
Factual Series has Coppers, One Born Every Minute, Welcome to Lagos and The Young Ones all nominated. Single Documentary has The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan, Pink Saris, Scenes From a Teenage Killing and Between Life and Death nominated. Specialist Factual has Human Planet, Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town, Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art (The Making Of) and Flying Monsters 3D nominated.
The Kids in Care edition of Panorama is nominated for Current Affairs as is Dispatches for Lost Girls of South Africa while Secret Iraq and Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children are also nominated. For News Coverage Sky News’ Egypt Crisis is up against BBC One Ten O’Clock News for Handover of Power – when Gordon Brown stepped down and David Cameron became the Prime Minister. ITV News At Ten: The Cumbria Murders and Channel 4 News: From Chile’s Ecstasy to Congo’s Agony are also nominated.
Other categories include Sport and New Media for which Misfits is also nominated.