“National Treasure” reaped a leading four bids for the Royal Television Society Awards on Tuesday, including Best Miniseries. Contending for acting honors are Robbie Coltrane as a comedian accused of sexual assault and Julie Walter as his wife, whose loyalty is tested as the allegations against him mount. Jack Thorne also earned a nomination for scripting the four episodes, which aired in Channel 4 in the UK last year and are now streaming on Hulu. (See the full list of nominations.)
Also in the running are the miniseries “London Spy,” which contended at last year’s Emmys and “Thirteen.” The latter starred Jodie Comer who contends for Best Actress against Walters as well as Tony winner Sophie Okonedo (“Undercover”). Coltrane faces off against Adeel Akhtar (“Murdered By My Father”) and James Nesbitt (“The Secret”). “Murdered By My Father” is up for Best Single Drama, as are “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Reg.”
“Catastrophe” stars Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney reaped bids for both Scripted Comedy and Comedy Performance. They contend against “People Just Do Nothing” and its writer/star Asim Chaudhry. The series race is rounded out by “The Windsors” while the performance prize nominees also includes Steve Coogan (“Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle”). And Horgan also contends for her writing on the laffer “Motherland.”
The crime series “Happy Valley” and “Line of Duty” contend against the period piece “The Durrells” for Best Drama Series.
The ceremony will take place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on March 21 and be hosted by Sandi Toksvig. It was to be emceed by Piers Morgan but he bowed out after a petition was circulated calling for him to do so.
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