The crime thriller “Killing Eve” leads the 2019 BAFTA TV Awards nominations with a whopping 14 bids including Best Drama Series. Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh and Jodie Cormier are both up for Best Drama Actress. Also nominated are supporting players Kim Bodnia and Fiona Shaw, and series creator and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The BAFTAs were so impressed by the show that the rule requiring that the first airing be in the UK was waived.
Another international hit, “Bodyguard,” numbers a Best Drama Series bid among its five nominations. But while leading lady Keeley Hawes was nominated, the show’s star, Richard Madden, was snubbed despite winning a Golden Globe. Unlike the Emmys, where Madden is a strong contender, the BAFTAs pack performances in telefilms, mini series and TV shows into just one category which has only four nominees.
“A Very British Scandal” earned 12 nominations, including Best Mini-Series. Hugh Grant vies for Best Drama Actor while Golden Globe winner Ben Whishaw is contending in supporting. Also recognized was the scene-stealing work by Monica Dolan.
Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated for his star turn in “Patrick Melrose,” which is also cited in the mini-series race. The other Best Drama Actor nominees are Lucian Msamati (for the miniseries “Kiri”) an Chance Perdomo (for the telefilm “Killed By My Debt”).
Hawes also reaped a bid for her supporting turn in “Mrs. Wilson.” That show’s star, Ruth Wilson, who portrays her own grandmother, contends for Best Drama Actress and for producing the mini-series.
The Best Drama Series race is rounded out by two more crime shows: “Informer,” which sees a man spying on his one-time friends, and “Save Me,” about a missing girl.
Among comedies, “Mum” leads with four nominations for the series, stars Lesley Manville and Peter Mullan, and writing. “Sally4Ever” is up for Best Scripted Comedy and for the performances by series creator Julia Davis and Alex MacQueen.
Winners of the 2019 BAFTA TV Awards will be revealed in a ceremony at London’s Festival Hall on Sunday, May 12. The Craft Awards winners will be announced on Sunday, April 28.
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