Olympic shows in line for TV Baftas




Danny Boyle’s impressive Olympic opening ceremony and the spoof sitcom inspired by the Games are both in the running for TV Bafta Awards.

Olympic satire Twenty Twelve picked up four nominations with its stars Olivia Colman, Jessica Hynes and Hugh Bonneville all recognised.

The coverage of the opening ceremony is nominated in the Sport and Live Event category alongside Super Saturday, the Paralympic Games and the Wimbledon Men’s Final.

Also recognised are The Girl, Last Tango In Halifax and Accused – all of which picked up four nominations.

The Girl - based on actress Tippi Hedren's tumultuous relationship with film-maker Alfred Hitchcock - sees Sienna Miller, who played Hedren, nominated for leading actress.

Toby Jones, who played Hitchcock, is nominated for leading actor and co-star Imelda Staunton also gets a nod in the supporting actress category.

Miller is up against Anne Reid from Last Tango In Halifax, Rebecca Hall from Parade’s End and Sheridan Smith for Mrs Biggs.

The competition for the leading actor gong sees Jones compete with Derek Jacobi, recognised for Last Tango In Halifax, Ben Whishaw in Richard II and Sean Bean, who is nominated for his role as a transvestite teacher in Accused.

The event, formally known as the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, take place on Sunday May 12 at London’s Royal Festival Hall and is hosted by Graham Norton.

Colman, nominated for female performance in a comedy programme for Twenty Twelve, is also nominated in the supporting actress category for her role in Accused.

Another double nominee is Peter Capaldi, who is in the running for the supporting actor gong for his performance in The Hour and could also take home the award for best male performance in a comedy programme for his role as foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in The Thick Of It.

Also nominated for best supporting actress are Anastasia Hille for The Fear and Sarah Lancashire from Last Tango In Halifax.

The other nominees for supporting actor are Stephen Graham from The Accused, The Fear’s Harry Lloyd and Simon Russell Beale for his role in Henry IV Part 2 which was shown as part of the BBC’s Hollow Crown Shakespeare season.

Colman’s Twenty Twelve co-star Hynes, who played flighty PR guru Siobhan Sharpe, is also nominated in the female performance in a comedy programme category along with Julia Davis in Hunderby and Miranda Hart for her hit BBC sitcom.

Steve Coogan’s return as Alan Partridge in Welcome To The Places Of My Life is also nominated for male performance in a comedy programme, along with Inbetweeners star Greg Davies, who is nominated for Cuckoo.

Twenty Twelve is nominated for best situation comedy along with Episodes, Hunderby and The Thick Of It.

The nominations for best single drama see Everyday, The Girl, Murder and Richard II fight it out for honours.

Last Tango In Halifax, the tale of two pensioners who rekindle an old relationship, is nominated for best drama series along with the bloody crime show Ripper Street, Scott And Bailey and Silk.

Sky’s fantasy epic Game Of Thrones is in the running for best international show, along with The Bridge, Girls and espionage thriller Homeland.

ITV documentary The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile is nominated in the current affairs category.

The show, presented by former detective Mark Williams-Thomas, featured contributions from several women describing their abuse at the hands of the DJ and presenter.

It sparked a major police investigation and plunged the BBC into a crisis which saw director-general George Entwistle resign.

BAFTA TV AWARD NOMINATIONS IN FULL

The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards will take place on Sunday May 12 at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Here are the nominations:

:: Leading Actor

Ben Whishaw – Richard II (The Hollow Crown)

Derek Jacobi – Last Tango In Halifax

Sean Bean – Accused (Tracie’s Story)

Toby Jones- The Girl

:: Leading Actress

Anne Reid – Last Tango In Halifax

Rebecca Hall – Parade’s End

Sheridan Smith – Mrs Biggs

Sienna Miller – The Girl

:: Supporting Actor

Peter Capaldi – The Hour

Stephen Graham – Accused (Tracie’s Story)

Harry Lloyd – The Fear

Simon Russell Beale – Henry IV Part 2(The Hollow Crown)

:: Supporting Actress

Anastasia Hille – The Fear

Imelda Staunton – The Girl

Olivia Colman – Accused (Mo’s Story)

Sarah Lancashire – Last Tango In Halifax

:: Entertainment Programme

Alan Carr for Alan Carr: Chatty Man

Ant and Dec for I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Graham Norton for The Graham Norton Show

Sarah Millican for The Sarah Millican Show

:: Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

Jessica Hynes for Twenty Twelve

Julia Davis for Hunderby

Miranda Hart for Miranda

Olivia Colman for Twenty Twelve

:: Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

Greg Davies for Cuckoo

Hugh Bonneville for Twenty Twelve

Peter Capaldi for The Thick of It

Steve Coogan for Welcome To The Places Of My Life

:: Single Drama

Everyday

The Girl

Murder

Richard II (Hollow Crown)

:: Mini-Series

Accused

Mrs Biggs

Parade’s End

Room At The Top

:: Drama Series

Last Tango In Halifax

Ripper Street

Scott And Bailey

Silk

:: Soap and Continuing Drama

Coronation Street

EastEnders

Emmerdale

Shameless

:: International

The Bridge

Game Of Thrones

Girls

Homeland

:: Factual Series

24 Hours In A&E

Great Ormond Street

Make Bradford British

Our War

:: Specialist Factual

All In The Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry

The Plane Crash

The Plot To Bring Down Britain’s Planes

The Secret History Of Our Streets

:: Single Documentary

7/7: One Day In London

Baka: A Cry From The Rainforest

Lucian Freud: Painted Life

Nina Conti – A Ventriloquist’s Story: Her Master’s Voice

:: Features

Bank Of Dave

Grand Designs

The Great British Bake Off

Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

:: Reality and Constructed Factual

The Audience

I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Made In Chelsea

The Young Apprentice

:: Current Affairs

Britain’s Hidden Housing Crisis (Panorama Special)

The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile (Exposure)

The Shame Of The Catholic Church (This World)

What Killed Arafat? (Al Jazeera Investigates)

:: News Coverage

BBC News At Ten: Syria

Channel 4 News: Battle for Homs

Hillsborough – The Truth At Last (Granada Reports)

:: Sport and Live Event

The London 2012 Olympics: Super Saturday

The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isle Of Wonder

The London 2012 Paralympic Games

Wimbledon 2012 – Men’s Final

:: Entertainment Programme

Dynamo Magician Impossible

The Graham Norton Show

Have I Got News For You

A League Of Their Own

:: Comedy Programme

Cardinal Burns

Mr Stink

The Revolution Will Be Televised

Welcome To The Places Of My Life

:: Situation Comedy

Episodes

Hunderby

The Thick Of It

Twenty Twelve

:: Radio Times Audience Award (voted for by members of the public)

Call The Midwife

Game of Thrones

The Great British Bake Off

Homeland

The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

Strictly Come Dancing

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