Two modern-day murder mysteries — “Broadchurch” and “Southcliffe” — and period piece “The Village” are among the leaders in Monday’s announcement of the nominees for this year’s BAFTA television awards. Between them, these three programs picked up 11 bids, including seven for performance prizes. Awards will be handed out on May 18 at London’s Theater Royal, Drury Lane during a kudocast to air on the BBC.
“Southcliffe” contends for Best Mini-Series (defined as two to five episodes) against “The Fall,” “The Great Train Robbery” and “In The Flesh.”
With eight episodes, “Broadchurch” was bumped up to the Drama Series category (six to 19 installments) where it competes against “The Village,” “My Mad Fat Diary” and last year’s Emmy-contending “Top of the Lake.”
And while the Emmy-eligible “Burton and Taylor” was snubbed in the Single Drama race, it reaped bids for stars Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West who contend in the catch-all drama acting caetgories against stars of telefilms, miniseries and series. West won Drama Actor in 2012 for “Appropriate Adult.”
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The Single Drama nominees are: “An Adventure in Space and Time,” “Black Mirror: Be Right Back,” “Complicit” and “The Wipers Times.”
Among the less serious fare, the one-off return of “The IT Crowd” reaped four nominations, including Situation Comedy and for all three stars (Richard Ayoade, Chris O’Dowd and Katherine Parkinson). Other Situation Comedy nominees are: “Count Arthur Strong,” “Him and Her” and “Toast of London.”
Graham Norton, who will once again be hosting these kudos, defends his Entertainment Performance prize for his eponymous talker against Sarah Millican for her self-titled chat show, Charlie Brooker for “10 O’Clock Live” and Ant and Dec for “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.”
Norton’s show is also up for Comedy Entertainment Programme against “A League of Their Own,” “Would I Lie to You?” and last year’s winner, “The Revolution Will Be Televised.” And “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway” is also nominated in the Entertainment Programme category alongside “Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery,” “Dynamo Magician Impossible” and “Strictly Come Dancing.” “Strictly Come Dancing,” the precursor to “Dancing With the Stars,” is the recipient of this year’s Special Award at the Television Craft Awards ceremony which takes place on April 27.
And the nominations for the Soap & Continuing Drama prize are “Casualty,” “Coronation Street,” “EastEnders” and “Holby City.”