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Congrats to all the shows and performers nominated for Britain’s National TV Awards, which are similar to the U.S.’s People’s Choice Awards. Actors from soap operas make up most of the acting nominees, with Doctor Who‘s Freema Agyeman and David Tennant being the exceptions. BBCA’s Hollyoaks scored nods for Best Serial Drama, Most Popular Actor for James Sutton (John Paul), and Most Popular Newcomer for Gemma Merna (Carmel). Here are the categories that include BBC AMERICA shows as nominees:

Most Popular Actress:
Freema Agyeman, Doctor Who
Lacey Turner, EastEnders
Kara Tointon, EastEnders
Sue Cleaver, Coronation Street

Most Popular Actor
Antony Cotton, Coronation Street
Charlie Clements, EastEnders
David Tennant, Doctor Who
James Sutton, Hollyoaks

Most Popular Comedy Program
Harry Hill’s TV Burp
My Family
The Catherine Tate Show
Ugly Betty

Most Popular Serial Drama (a.k.a. Soap Opera)
Coronation Street

Most Popular Newcomer
Gemma Merna, Hollyoaks
Kym Ryder, Coronation Street
Joseph Gilgun, Emmerdale
Jo Joyner, EastEnders

Most Popular Factual Program
Gordon Ramsay’s F Word
The Jeremy Kyle Show
This Morning
Top Gear

Most Popular Drama Program
Doctor Who
Life On Mars
The Bill

Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
Ant & Dec
Fern Britton
Graham Norton
Jonathan Ross

In other news:

  • Mel B.‘s first court date with Eddie Murphy will be the day before the Spice Girls reunion.(Mirror)

  • Jordan slammed Victoria Beckham during an appearance on Jonathan Ross’ show Friday. “I love her boobs, but I wish she’d admit they’re fake because they are.” Also: “David’s talented but what does Victoria do? Nothing.”
    (The Sun)
  • Au contraire, Jordan: Victoria Beckham has a budding acting career, as shown by her guest spot on Ugly Betty.The Daily Mail has more on-set photos.
  • Helen Mirren says she has “legs like Wayne Rooney,” an observation I’m sure will please her many male admirers.(The Sun)
  • Sienna Miller and “pal” Rhys Ifans share a “lingering” kiss in a London park.(The Sun)
  • Aussie Isla Fisher is MASSIVELY pregnant with Sacha Baron Cohen‘s child. She looks like she’s about to give birth to a spaceship.(Daily Mail)
  • Helena Bonham Carter is also sporting a bountiful baby bump, and she tells The Daily Telegraph about her struggles to get pregnant.
  • Does Robin Hood star Keith Allen have a secret black love child?(The Sun)
  • BBC will air a five-part drama on Anne Frank. Newcomer Ellie Kendrick will play the young Holocaust victim and Tamsin Greig (Black Books, Green Wing) will play her mother, Edith.(Guardian)
  • The Brits are moving to a more American way of making sitcoms, creating pilots for new shows. Sharon Horgan, creator of the new comedy Angelo’s, says, “Pilots have tended to be something American television has used, but were rarer in Britain” Speaking about her sitcom’s pilot, she says, “I think it made everything better: the writing, the acting, even the way we shot it.”(The Times)
  • Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May light up on the set of Top Gear, openly defying a smoking ban.(Daily Mail)
  • Irishman Oscar Wilde has been voted Britain‘s greatest wit, according to a Dave TV survey; the man who played him in the 1997 film, Stephen Fry, was third. (The Times)
  • Liam Gallagher was voted No. 10. Does his inclusion at No. 10 invalidate the whole survey? The Guardian‘s Stephen Moss says, “It is a fair bet that Liam Gallagher has never said anything witty, though a few spiteful comments of his are quoted and claimed as wit. Example: ‘Victoria Beckham cannot even chew gum and walk in a straight line at the same time, let alone write a book.'”
  • Sir Ian McKellen wants to reprise his role as Gandalf in The Hobbit. Peter Jackson won’t direct due to a nasty row with New Line over Lord of the Rings profits, but he gave McKellen his blessing to take part in the film. (BBC)
  • 36-year-old Joel Hopkins, who only has one film to his name, has landed Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson forhis follow-up, Last Chance Harvey.(The Times)
  • Jade Goody and Jack Tweed are allegedly back together.(Digital Spy)
  • Did a fight over an ex-girlfriend precede Orlando Bloom‘s car crash?(Mirror)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.