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Television Awards: Nominations Announced

8 April 2015
The Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2009Greg Williams

The nominations for the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards in 2015 have been announced.

  • Happy Valley, Marvellous, The Missing and Line Of Duty lead with three nominations each
  • Olivia Colman nominated for a fourth consecutive year
  • Benedict Cumberbatch receives third BAFTA nomination for Sherlock

London, 8 April 2015: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has today announced the nominations for the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards, which reward the very best in television broadcast on British screens in 2014. This year’s ceremony will be held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London on Sunday 10 May, two weeks after the British Academy Television Craft Awards on 26 April.

Sarah Lancashire, who won the Supporting Actress BAFTA last year, is nominated again, this time in Leading Actress for her role in Happy Valley. The Yorkshire-set crime thriller is also nominated in Drama Series, with James Norton receiving his first BAFTA nomination for Supporting Actor.

Marvellous, the true story of Neil Baldwin who refused to let the label of learning difficulties hold him back, receives three nominations including Single Drama, Leading Actor for Toby Jones and Supporting Actress for Gemma Jones. Gemma Jones was last nominated in 1977 for The Duchess of Duke Street. James Nesbitt joins the Leading Actor category for The Missing, which also receives a Supporting Actor nomination for Ken Stott and one for Drama Series. Jason Watkins receives his first BAFTA nomination for Leading Actor, playing the title role in The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, which is also nominated in Mini-Series. The Leading Actor nominations are completed by Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock, marking Cumberbatch’s third nomination for this iconic role, and the sixth of his career.

Police drama Line of Duty has received nominations in Leading Actress and Supporting Actress for Keeley Hawes and Vicky McClure respectively. The programme is also nominated for Drama Series, with Peaky Blinders completing the category.

A Poet in New York and Common are nominated for Single Drama. Joining them is BBC Three’s Murdered by My Boyfriend, with its young lead Georgina Campbell receiving her first BAFTA nomination, for Leading Actress. Completing the Leading Actress category is Sheridan Smith for her performance in the Cilla Black biopic, Cilla, which is also nominated in Mini-Series. Also nominated in the Mini-Series category is fugitive drama Prey, for which writer Chris Lunt, a Television Craft Awards’ Breakthrough Talent nominee and a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, receives his first Television Awards nomination. First world war combat drama, Our World War, completes the Mini-Series line-up.

There are single nominations for The Honourable Woman and Utopia in the Supporting Actor category, for Stephen Rea and Adeel Akhtar respectively. In the Supporting Actress category, Charlotte Spencer receives her first BAFTA nomination for her role in teen murder drama Glue, while Amanda Redman – whose last nomination was in 2001 – is recognised for her supporting role in Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This.

Graham Norton and Ant and Dec are nominated in Entertainment Performance for The Graham Norton Show and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway; each has seven previous nominations apiece in this category. They are joined by Claudia Winkleman for Strictly Come Dancing and Leigh Francis for Celebrity Juice – both first-time nominees in this category. Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Strictly Come Dancing both receive a second nomination for Entertainment Programme, where they are joined by The Voice and Dynamo: Magician Impossible.

The Graham Norton Show picks up a second nomination in Comedy & Comedy Entertainment Programme. Satirical news show Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe is also nominated, alongside Would I Lie to You and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle.

Comedy veterans Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse are nominated in Scripted Comedy for Harry & Paul’s Story of the Twos. Also nominated in this category are James Corden and Mathew Baynton for The Wrong Mans, Chris O’Dowd for Sky 1’s Moone Boy, and Detectorists, written and directed by Mackenzie Crook.

Grand Designs, The Great British Bake Off and Long Lost Family demonstrate their enduring appeal with nominations in the Features category. In its third series, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces receives its first nomination, completing the Features line-up.

Following its win in 2014, Netflix receives two nominations in the International category for Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. They are joined by More4’s The Good Wife and Sky Atlantic’s True Detective.

Olivia Colman will be vying for a BAFTA for a fourth consecutive year as she is nominated for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for Rev. The Reverend himself, Tom Hollander, is nominated for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme, with W1A’s Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes also nominated for their comedy performances. Completing the female category is Tamsin Greig for Episodes and Catherine Tate for Catherine Tate’s Nan. Matt Berry and the nation’s favourite nan in drag, Brendan O’Carroll, are nominated in the equivalent male category for Toast of London and Mrs. Brown’s Boys Christmas Special respectively.

In the Reality & Constructed Factual category, seasoned formats are celebrated alongside the new, with Channel 4’s The Undateables and The Island with Bear Grylls nominated alongside The Apprentice and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

The Sport & Live Event category celebrates a breadth of programming with nominations for 2014 FA Cup Semi-Final, Monty Python (Mostly) Live: One Down, Five to Go, Tour de France 2014, and WW1 Remembered – From the Battlefield and Westminster Abbey.

Nominated in News Coverage for reporting on a tumultuous year around the world are BBC News at Ten, Channel 4 News – Inside Gaza: Children Under Fire, ITV News at Ten: Iraq Crisis and Sky News Live at Five: Ebola.

In addition to its four nominations for Television Craft Awards, Life and Death Row has been nominated for Factual Series. Also nominated are Protecting our Parents, 15,000 Kids and Counting and Educating the East End. The Specialist Factual category sees a nomination for national treasure and BAFTA Fellow David Attenborough, for David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies 3D. Completing the line-up are Grayson Perry: Who Are You?, The Great War: The People’s Story and Our Gay Wedding: The Musical.

The nominees in Current Affairs are: Children on the Frontline (Dispatches), Ebola Frontline (Panorama), Inside Kenya’s Death Squads (Al Jazeera Investigates) and Terror at the Mall (This World).

The Single Documentary nominations are: Baby P: The Untold Story, Children of Syria, The Miners Strike and Me, and The Paedophile Hunter.

In Soap & Continuing Drama, Hollyoaks receives its first nomination since 2003. Nominated alongside it are Casualty, EastEnders and Coronation Street. 


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Voting opened on 31 March for the publicly-voted Radio Times Audience Award. Shortlisted programmes are Cilla, EastEnders, Game of Thrones, The Great British Bake Off, The Missing, Sherlock and Strictly Come Dancing


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