‘Appropriate Adult,’ ‘Sherlock’ lead BAFTA TV Awards nominations

The Emmy-eligible “Appropriate Adult” leads among all programs contending for this year’s BAFTA TV Awards with four nominations while the hugely popular “Downton Abbey” was snubbed save for a supporting nod for Maggie Smith. The awards will be handed out on May 27 in a ceremony at London’s Royal Festival Hall. (Full list of nominations here.)

ITV’s “Appropriate Adult” vies for Best Miniseries against BBC 2’s “The Crimson Petal and the White” and the Channel 4 dramas “This is England ‘88” and “Top Boy.” The second season of BBC1’s “Sherlock,” which won the Drama Series prize last year, was eligible in this category. 

Read: Explanation of BAFTA nominating process 

The BAFTAs combine all performances in the drama genres, be they in one-off telefilms, miniseries (defined as two to five episodes) or series (six to 19 installments).

The four Best Drama Actor nominees are all from miniseries: Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”), Joseph Gilgun “This is England ‘88”, John Simm (“Exile”) and Dominic West (“Appropriate Adult”).

Reigning Best Drama Actress Vicky McClure (“This is England ’88”), who won this award last year for “This is England ’86,” is up against Romola Garai (“The Crimson Petal and the White”), Nadine Marshall for the telefilm “Random” and Emily Watson (“Appropriate Adult”).

Last year’s Supporting Drama Actor Martin Freeman (“Sherlock”) defends his title against co-star Andrew Scott, Joseph Mawle from the miniseries “Birdsong” and Stephen Rea of the seven-part series “The Shadow Line.” 

The Supporting Drama Actress races pits Smith against two other series featured players — Anna Chancellor (“The Hour”) and Miranda Hart (“Call the Midwife”) as well as Monica Dolan (“Appropriate Adult”).

Single Drama nominees are the BBC telefilms “Holy Flying Circus,” Emmy contender “Page Eight” and “Stolen” and Channel 4’s “Random.”

Best Drama Series contenders are BBC3’s “The Fades,” 2010 champ “Misfits” from E4, ITV’s “Scott and Bailey,” and BBC1’s final season of “Spooks” which won this award in 2003. None of the performers from these programs is nominated. 

“Appropriate Adult” also leads with eight bids for the BAFTA TV Craft Awards which take place on May 13. 

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