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Nominations Announced for Television Awards in 2008

18 March 2008
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The nominations were announced today for the British Academy Television Awards supported by Sky+, which will be held at the London Palladium on Sunday April 20 and hosted by Graham Norton. The Awards will be broadcast on BBC One.

Judi Dench receives record 24th BAFTA nomination (i)

Paul Merton receives his 11th nomination but not for HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU

CRANFORD garners the most nominations with three


First BAFTA nominations for Simon Amstell, Alexander Armstrong, Heston Blumenthal Russell Brand, James Corden, Alan Carr, Justin Lee Collins & Ben Miller

THE BILL & HOLBY CITY nominated in Continuing Drama against EMMERDALE and EASTENDERS

In the Actress category Judi Dench receives her 12th BAFTA television nomination for her role in Cranford, alongside her screen sister Eileen Atkins whose last BAFTA TV nomination was back in 1969. They are joined by first-time nominee Kierston Wareing for It’s A Free World, and previous winner Gina McKee who receives her third nomination, this time for her role in The Street. Cranford receives the most nominations with three, and is also nominated for the Sky+ Audience Award, the only award within the ceremony voted-for by the public.

Four first-time nominees make up the Actor category; Andrew Garfield for Boy A, Tom Hardy for Stuart: A Life Backwards, Matthew Macfadyen for Secret Life while Antony Sher receives his first nomination, after a career spanning some thirty years, for Primo.

Following his ten previous nominations for Have I Got News For You, Paul Merton picks up his 11th in the Factual Series category for Paul Merton in China, (one of two nominations for Five this year). Fellow nominees in this category are Meet The Natives, The Tower : A Tale of Two Cities and Tribe.

In the Entertainment Programme(1) category, Britain’s Got Talent goes head-to-head with three-times nominated Strictly Come Dancing, nine-time nominee Have I Got News For You (ii) and second-time nominee Harry Hill’s TV Burp. Harry Hill receives his first nomination in the Entertainment Performance category alongside first-time nominees Simon Amstell for Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins for The Friday Night Project and fourth-time nominee in this category Stephen Fry for QI.

Heston Blumenthal receives his first nomination in the Features category for Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection, nominated alongside culinary opponent Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, The Secret Millionaire and Top Gear.

The Comedy Programme category exclusively comprises first time nominees with The Armstong & Miller Show, and Russell Brand’s Ponderland competing with Star Stories and Fonejacker.

The BBC’s Men’s Wimbledon Final is nominated for the first time since Bjorn Borg faced John McEnroe in 1980, the 2007 tennis final faces three ITV rivals in the Sport category including second-time nominee the Boat Race, last year’s winner Formula One (this time for F1:Canadian Grand Prix Live) and the Rugby World Cup 2007, England V France Semi-Final.

Each of the major news outlets is nominated for this year’s News Coverage category: BBC Ten O’Clock News: War in Afghanistan, Channel 4 News: Iraq - The Surge, ITV Evening News: Zimbabwe – The Tyranny & the Tragedy and Sky News for its Glasgow Airport Attack. Whilst in Interactivity, Dr Who Comic Maker, Spooks Interactive, The X Factor and Channel 4’s Big Art Mob fight it out.

Life On Mars, last year’s Audience Award winner and Drama Series nominee is once again nominated in the latter category competing with E4’s Skins, BBC Two’s Rome and last year’s winner The Street.

In the Single Drama category, More4 receives its first nomination this year for The Trial of Tony Blair, up against The Mark of Cain, Coming Down The Mountain and two-time nominee Boy A. In the hotly-contested Continuing Drama category, The Bill receives its second BAFTA nomination, joined by fourth-timer Holby City and previous winners EastEnders and Emmerdale. In the last of the drama categories, Drama Serial, Murphy’s Law gets its first-ever nomination, facing competition from Five Days, Britz and the year’s most nominated Cranford.

In the Specialist Factual(2) category, the nominations are Earth: The Power of the Planet, The Genius of Photography, The Relief of Belsen and Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain which is also nominated for the Sky+ Audience Award. Panorama receives its ninth nomination in the Current Affairs category for Panorama: Dog-Fighting Undercover, while Dispatches receives its eighth, this time for Dispatches - Fighting The Taliban; both face competition from Channel 4’s China’s Stolen Children and Honour Kills which is the first nomination in this category for BBC Three.

Another of BBC Three’s nominations is Family Guy in the International category, up against My Name Is Earl which was nominated last year, Five’s Californication and BBC Two’s Heroes. In the Single Documentary(3) category BBC2’s Beautiful Young Minds, C4’s Lie of the Land and BBC4’s Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives are up against much talked-about ITV documentary Malcolm & Barbara: Love’s Farewell.

Stephen Merchant and David Mitchell receive individual acclaim this year in the Comedy Performance category for Extras Christmas Special and Peep Show respectively. They go up against new nominee James Corden for Gavin and Stacey and previous winner Peter Capaldi for The Thick of It. Both three-time nominee Peep Show and The Thick of It are also recognised in the Situation Comedy category alongside last year’s nominee The IT Crowd and ITV newcomer Benidorm.

Completing this year’s line-up is the Sky+ Audience Award for the Programme of the Year, the only Award of the night decided by the public, and honouring the most loved and admired programmes of 2007. The shortlist was compiled by a panel of TV-related broadcast and print media and comprises Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain, The Apprentice, Britain’s Got Talent, Cranford, Gavin & Stacey and Strictly Come Dancing. Votes are being cast now on up until April 18 at 00.01 hrs.

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Notes to editors

(i) Judi Dench this year received her 12th BAFTA television nomination, equalling Victoria Wood’s record 12 in TV. When added to her 12 nominations for Film, this makes her the most BAFTA-nominated Actress.

(ii) Have I Got News For You has received 9 nominations in the Entertainment Programme category. In addition, performers Paul Merton, Angus Deayton and Boris Johnson have also received nominations for their appearances on the show. These combined nominations total 24 associated nominations – the highest for one show.

For further information on how the channels have fared or for this year’s nominees’ previous nominations please refer to accompanying documents.

(1) The Entertainment Programme BAFTA is given in honour of Lew Grade
(2) Specialist Factual is given in honour of Huw Wheldon
(3) Single Documentary is given in honour of Robert Flaherty

Press Release: TV Nominations in 2008 (84.2 KB)

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