BAFTA TV Awards nominations led by ‘Happy Valley,’ ‘Line of Duty,’ ‘The Missing,’ …

Three crime dramas — “Happy Valley,” “The Missing” and “Line of Duty” — and the biopic “Marvellous” lead the nominees for this year’s BAFTA television awards, which will be handed out on May 10. Between them, these four programs picked up 12 bids, including eight for performances. (For the full list of nominations click here.)

Emmy-eligible “The Missing” vies for Best Drama Series category (six to 19 installments) against “Happy Valley,” “Line of Duty” and “Peaky Blinders.” 

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And “Marvellous” is up against the Emmy-eligible “A Poet in New York,” “Common” and “Murdered by My Boyfriend” for Best Single Drama. 

The Best Mini-Series (defined as two to five episodes) line-up is: “Cilla,” “The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries,” “Our World War” and “Prey.”  

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The catch-all drama acting categories pit the players in telefilms, miniseries and series against each other.

Those vying for Best Actor are last year’s Emmy champ Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”), current Emmy contender James Nesbitt (“The Missing”), Toby Jones (“Marvellous”) and Jason Watkins (“The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries”).

The Best Actress nominees are: Georgina Campbell (“Murdered by My Boyfriend”), Keeley Hawes (“Line of Duty”), Sarah Lancashire (“Happy Valley”) and Sheridan Smith (“Cilla”). 

On the comedy front, there was a serious disconnect as the series nominees — “Detectorists,” “Harry & Paul’s Story Of The Twos,” “Moone Boy,” and “The Wrong Mans” — were completely snubbed for performance prizes. “Rev.” reaped bids for leads Tom Hollander and Olivia Coleman as did “W1A” for Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes. Round out the Comedy Actor lineup are Matt Berry (“Toast of London) and Brendan O’Carroll (“Mrs. Brown’s Boys Christmas Special”) while the Comedy Actress category is completed by Emmy-eligible Tamsin Greig (“Episodes“) and Catherine Tate (“Catherine Tate’s Nan”). 

Graham Norton, who will once again be hosting the kudocast on BBC, vies for the Entertainment Performance prize for his eponymous talker against Ant and Dec for “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” Leigh Francis for “Celebrity Juice” and Claudia Winkleman for “Strictly Come Dancing,”  the original version of “Dancing With the Stars.” 

Norton’s show is also up for Comedy Entertainment Programme against “Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe,” “Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle” and “Would I Lie to You?” And “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway” is also nominated in the Entertainment Programme category alongside “Dynamo Magician Impossible” “Strictly Come Dancing” and “The Voice.”

The International category pits two Netflix series — “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” against “The Good Wife” and “True Detective.” 

And the nominations for the Soap & Continuing Drama prize are “Casualty,” “Coronation Street,” “EastEnders” and “Hollyoaks.” 

BAFTA TV Awards: Complete list of nominations

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