BAFTA TV Awards nominations led by ‘Accused,’ ‘The Girl’ and ‘Last Tango in Halifax’

Emmy-eligible “The Girl,” a HBO biopic about Alfred Hitchock and Tippi Hedren, reaped four BAFTA bids — Best Single Drama, for leads Toby Jones and Sienna Miller and featured player Imelda Staunton.

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). See the full list of nominations here.

Best Drama Series nominee “Last Tango in Halifax,” also earned nods for three of its players — leads Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid, who play lovers reunited after 50 years, and supporting actress Sarah Lancashire.

The other Drama Series conteders are 19th century police drama “Ripper Street,” contemporary police procedural “Scott and Bailey” and legal drama “Silk.” None of the performers from these were nominated. 

“The Accused,” an anthology that explored several criminal cases, is nominated for Best Miniseries and three performers also contend: Sean Bean, Olivia Colman and Stephen Graham.

Colman was also cited for her work in the satirical “Twenty Twelve,” which is nominated for Best Situation Comedy. Also nominated for their deft work as daft members of the Olympics staff were Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes

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Peter Capaldi also picked up two bids — for his supporting work in the drama “The Hour” and his lead role in the political satire “The Thick of It,” which vies for Best Situation Comedy.

“The Hollow Crown,”  a series of adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays reaped several bids. Ben Whishaw contends for playing “Richard II,” which was nominated for Best Single Drama, as does Simon Russell Beale for his supporting turn as Falstaff in “Henry IV: Part 2.” 

The other Single Drama nominees are Michael Winterbottom’s  “Everyday, which was filmed over a period of five years, and “Murder,” from “The Killing” director Birger Larsen.

Two-time Olivier winner Sheridan Smith receives her first BAFTA bid for “Mrs Biggs,” in which she played the wife of great train robber Ronnie. 2010 Supporting Actress champ Rebecca Hall (“Red Riding 1974”) is nominated in lead this year for the Emmy-eligible “Parade’s End.” Both of these programs are nominated for Mini-Series, as is “Room at the Top.”

Also up for Best Situation Comedy are Emmy-eligible “Episodes” and “Hunderby.” 

Graham Norton, who will host these kudos on May 12, is nominated for Entertainment Performance for his talker which is also nominated for Entertainment Programme. Up against Norton are Sarah Millican for her self-titled talker, Alan Carr for “Chatty Man” and Ant and Dec for “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!,” which is also nominated for Reality & Constructed Factual.

“I’m a Celebrity” is up against last year’s winner “The Young Apprentice,” newcomer “The Audience,” in which people making a life-changing decision allow 50 strangers to follow them around for a week; and returning nominee “Made in Chelsea.” 

The two first-time nominees in Entertainment Programme are “Dynamo: Magician Impossible” and panel show “A League of Their Own” while “Have I Got News for You” reaped its twelfth bid. 

The nominations for the Soap & Continuing Drama are “Coronation Street,” “EastEnders,” “Emmerdale” and “Shameless.”

Coverage of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics dominates this year’s Sport & Live Event category, with Super Saturday, the Opening Ceremony and the Paralympic Games up against the Wimbledon 2012 Men’s Final.

Competing in the International category are Emmy champ “Homeland,” “Game of Thrones,” “Girls” and the Danish/Swedish crime drama “The Bridge.”

The publicly-voted Radio Times Audience Award contenders are “Call the Midwife,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Great British Bake Off,” “Homeland,” “The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony” and “Strictly Come Dancing.”

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