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Nominations Announced: House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards in 2016

30 March 2016
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The nominations for the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards in 2016 have been announced.


The nominations for the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards, which reward the very best in television broadcast on British screens in 2015, have been announced today. This year’s ceremony will be held at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 8 May, two weeks after the British Academy Television Craft Awards on 24 April.

Historical drama Wolf Hall receives four nominations: Leading Actor for Mark Rylance for his depiction of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power through Henry VIII’s royal court. Claire Foy and Anton Lesser receive nominations for Leading Actress and Supporting Actor respectively, with the programme receiving a further nomination for Drama Series.

This Is England ’90, the latest instalment in Shane Meadows’ Sheffield-set drama, receives three nominations: Mini-Series, Leading Actor for Stephen Graham and Supporting Actress for Chanel Cresswell. Ben Whishaw joins the Leading Actor category for espionage drama London Spy, which also receives a nomination for Mini-Series.  Completing the nominations for Leading Actor is Idris Elba for Luther

Suranne Jones receives a Leading Actress nomination for Doctor Foster; the drama also receives a nomination for Mini-Series. Completing the nominations for Mini-Series is Sky Living’s The Enfield Haunting, for which Eleanor Worthington Cox receives a nomination in Supporting Actress.

For the second year in a row, Sheridan Smith receives a Leading Actress nomination, this time for her performance in The C-Word. The moving drama, adapted from Lisa Lynch’s account of battling breast cancer receives a nomination for Single Drama. Also in the Single Drama category is Don’t Take My Baby, which tells the story of a disabled couple’s struggle to keep their new-born child. The drama receives a second nomination for Ruth Madeley in Leading Actress. 

The remaining Single Drama nominees are Cyberbully and The Go-Between. Humans, The Last Panthers and No Offence complete the nominations in Drama Series.

Screen legends Ian McKellen and Tom Courtenay are nominated for The Dresser and Unforgotten respectively, while Cyril Nri completes the line-up for Cucumber. Michelle Gomez for Doctor Who and Lesley Manville for River complete the Supporting Actress nominations.

Peter Kay’s Car Share has nominations for Female and Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for stars and co-writers Sian Gibson and Peter Kay. The car-pooling comedy receives a further nomination for Scripted Comedy, where it is joined by Peep Show, People Just Do Nothing and Chewing Gum. Chewing Gum also receives a nomination for its writer and lead Michaela Coel for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme, completing this category are Miranda Hart for Miranda and Sharon Horgan for Catastrophe.

Previous BAFTA winner Toby Jones is nominated in Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for Detectorists. He is joined by Hugh Bonneville for W1A and Javone Prince for The Javone Prince Show.

Stephen Fry and Graham Norton both receive Entertainment Performance nominations for QI and The Graham Norton Show respectively. Joining them for a second year in a row is Leigh Francis for Celebrity Juice, while Romesh Ranganathan receives a nomination for his Sri Lankan odyssey in Asian Provocateur.

In a highly competitive International category, politics, police, drugs and gender go head-to-head with nominations for The Good Wife, Narcos, Spiral and Transparent.

Four films that demonstrate the very best in televised journalism are recognised in the Current Affairs category, with nominations for Children of the Gaza War, Escape From Isis (Dispatches), Jihad: A British Story and Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola (This World). The nominations for Single Documentary display television’s remarkable ability to shed light on complex issues, with nominations for Bitter Lake, Life After Suicide, Louis Theroux: Transgender Kids and My Son the Jihadi.

Nominees in the Features category take their viewers to far-flung shores with Travel Man and Kevin McCloud: Escape to the Wild before returning to the comfort of home with Back in Time for Dinner and The Great British Bake Off. Reality & Constructed Factual sees nominations for First Dates, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds and Gogglebox.

Nominated in the News Coverage category is BBC News at Six: Paris Attacks Special, Channel 4 News: Paris Massacre, ITV News at Ten: Refugee Crisis and Sky News: From Turkey to Greece.

QI is nominated for Comedy & Comedy Entertainment Programme, where it is joined by Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe, Would I Lie To You, and Have I Got News For You.

Britain’s Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing, Adele at the BBC and TFI Friday Anniversary Special receive nominations for Entertainment Programme.

Adding to their Television Craft Awards nominations are The Detectives and The Murder Detectives, both of which are recognised in Factual Series. Joining them is Great Ormond Street and The Tribe. Nominated in Specialist Factual are Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners, Grayson Perry’s Dream House, The Hunt and Rudolf Nureyev – Dance to Freedom

The nominations for Soap & Continuing Drama are: Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Holby City.

Competing in the Sport category are: The Ashes, The Grand National – 2015, MOTD Live: FA Cup Final and Six Nations – Final Day, while the Live Event category celebrates a breadth of programmes with nominations for Big Blue Live, The Sound of Music Live!, Stargazing Live: Brit in Space and The Vote.

Nominations were announced yesterday for the publicly-voted Radio Times Audience Award: Doctor Foster, The Great British Bake off, Humans, Making A Murderer, Peter Kay’s Car Share and Poldark.

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Note to editors

The Great British Bake Off nominated in Features in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016


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House of Fraser is the leading, national premium department store group in the UK and Ireland trading principally under the iconic House of Fraser brand name through a portfolio of 59 well-invested stores, as well as through its rapidly growing web-store, and two concept stores. House of Fraser also has one store in Abu Dhabi trading under a franchise arrangement with its partner, Retail Arabia and recently announced the planned opening of its second international store on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, scheduled for opening in 2015. The House of Fraser brand is differentiated from other department store groups in the UK by its 165 year history in the UK retail market, its wide geographic reach (across the UK and on-line), its broad range of high quality premium branded merchandise offered at competitive prices, its increasing exclusive House Brand offering and its commitment to providing an imaginative, exciting and relevant shopping experience to our customers.