“Longford,” “Life on Mars” Lead BAFTA TV Nominations

The BAFTA TV nominations have been announced. The Channel 4/HBO co-pro Longford, which details the Moors Murder trial, leads with four nominations, including one for Best Single Drama, All of its stars – Jim Broadbent, Andy Serkis, and Samantha Morton – received mentions as well.

Another mini-series about the killings, See No Evil: The Moors Murders, is up for Best Drama Serial.

Life On Mars received three nods, including Best Drama Series, the Pioneer Audience Award, and Best Actor for John Simm, who plays Sam Tyler in the series. Simm had been criminally overlooked by the Royal Television Society, so it’s great to see him pick up a nomination here.

Other notable nods include The Street for Best Drama, The Catherine Tate Show and Little Britain for Best Comedy Program (which focuses on sketch shows), and Green Wing for Best Situation Comedy. ExtrasRicky Gervais and Stephen Merchant face off for the umpteenth time for Best Comedy Performance. Will Merchant triumph over Gervais again?

Here’s a partial list of nominees:

ACTOR

JIM BROADBENT – Longford (Channel 4)
ANDY SERKIS – Longford (Channel 4)
MICHAEL SHEEN – Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (BBC4)
JOHN SIMM – Life On Mars (BBC1)

ACTRESS

ANNE-MARIE DUFF – The Virgin Queen (BBC1)
SAMANTHA MORTON – Longford (Channel 4)
RUTH WILSON – Jane Eyre (BBC1)
VICTORIA WOOD – Housewife 49 (ITV1)

COMEDY PERFORMANCE

DAWN FRENCH – The Vicar Of Dibley (BBC1)
RICKY GERVAIS – Extras (BBC2)
STEPHEN MERCHANT – Extras (BBC2)
LIZ SMITH – The Royle Family: Queen Of Sheba (BBC1)

SINGLE DRAMA

HOUSEWIFE 49 – Victoria Wood, Piers Wenger, Gavin Millar, David Threlfall (ITV1/ITV Productions)
KENNETH WILLIAMS: FANTABULOSA! – Andy de Emmony, Ben Evans, Martyn Hesford (BBC4/BBC Drama)
LONGFORD – Peter Morgan, Tom Hooper, Helen Flint, Andy Harries (C4/Granada Productions for C4 in assoc. with HBO)
ROAD TO GUANTANAMO – Michael Winterbottom, Mat Whitecross (C4/Revolution Films)

DRAMA SERIES

LIFE ON MARS – Production Team (BBC1/Kudos Film & Television)
SHAMELESS – Production Team (C4/Company Pictures)
SUGAR RUSH – Production Team (C4/Shine Productions)
THE STREET – Jimmy McGovern, Sita Williams, David Blair, Ken Horn (BBC1/Granada Productions)

DRAMA SERIAL

LOW WINTER SUN – Greg Brenman, Adrian Shergold, Simon Donald, Rhonda Smith (C4/Tiger Aspect Productions)
PRIME SUSPECT: THE FINAL ACT – Andrew Benson, Philip Martin, Frank Deasy, Andy Harries (ITV1/ITV Productions)
SEE NO EVIL: THE MOORS MURDERS – Lisa Gilchrist, Neil McKay, Jeff Pope, Chris Menaul (ITV1/ITV Productions)
THE VIRGIN QUEEN – Coky Giedroyc, Paula Milne, Paul Rutman (BBC1/A BBC Drama/Power co-production)

CONTINUING DRAMA

CASUALTY – The Production Team (BBC1/BBC)
CORONATION STREET – Stephen Russell, Tim O’Mara, Steve Frost, Kieran Roberts (ITV1/ITV Productions)
EASTENDERS – The Production Team (BBC1/BBC Drama Production Studios)
EMMERDALE – Keith Richardson, Kathleen Beedles, Lindsay Williams, Piotr Szkopiak (ITV1/ITV Productions)

SITUATION COMEDY

GREEN WING – Victoria Pile, Dominic Brigstocke, Tristram Shapeero, Rob Harley (C4/TalkbackThames)
THE IT CROWD – Ash Atalla, Graham Linehan, Derrin Schlesinger, Lorraine Heggessey (C4/TalkbackThames)
PULLING – Sharon Horgan, Dennis Kelly, Phil Bowker, Tristram Shapeero (BBC3/Silver River)
THE ROYLE FAMILY: QUEEN OF SHEBA – Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash, John Rushton, Phil Mealey (BBC1/Granada Productions)

COMEDY PROGRAM

THE CATHERINE TATE SHOW – Gordon Anderson, Aschlin Ditta, Geoffrey Perkins, Catherine Tate (BBC2/Tiger Aspect Productions)
LITTLE BRITAIN ABROAD – Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Matt Lipsey, Geoff Posner (BBC1/BBC Comedy)
LITTLE MISS JOCELYN – Gary Reich, Jemma Rogers, Gareth Carrivick, Jocelyn Jee Esien (BBC3/Brown Eyed Boy Productions)
THAT MITCHELL & WEBB LOOK – David Kerr, Gareth Edwards, Robert Webb, David Mitchell (BBC2/BBC Comedy)

PIONEER AUDIENCE AWARD

LIFE ON MARS
THE ROYLE FAMILY: QUEEN OF SHEBA
DRAGONS’ DEN
THE VICAR OF DIBLEY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
PLANET EARTH
CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER

For the rest of the nominees, click here

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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