‘Sherlock’ and ‘Appropriate Adult’ Lead The Field In BAFTA TV Awards Nominations

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in 'Sherlock'

This year’s BAFTA TV Awards is upon us, and while the nominations list actually reads like a recommendation of all that is currently great in British TV, for once (with the notable exception of Doctor Who), there is two shows whose actors are enjoying a slightly greater share than any other; namely Appopriate Adult (the Dominic West-starring mini-series about the British serial killers Fred and Rose West) and Sherlock.

Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated for the Leading Actor award, for his indelicate handling of the title role, and over in the Supporting Actor category, we see his fictional best friend John Watson doing battle with his nemesis Moriarty, as Martin Freeman and Andrew Scott have both been put forward.

Things are looking even rosier in the Appropriate Adult camp, where Dominic West and Emily Watson are both nominated in Leading Actor categories, with further nominations for Monica Dolan (Supporting Actress) and the whole show (Mini Series).

Other notable nominations include Dame Maggie Smith for her role in Downton Abbey (Supporting Actress), Olivia Colman and Hugh Bonneville both being nominated in their respective comedy performance categories for their sterling work in Twenty Twelve, and the BBC’s coverage of the Royal Wedding is up for the News Coverage trophy.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Leading Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)
Dominic West (Appropriate Adult)
John Simm (Exile)
Joseph Gilgun (This Is England ’88)

Leading Actress
Emily Watson (Appropriate Adult)
Nadine Marshall (Random)
Romola Garai (The Crimson Petal and the White)
Vicky McClure (This Is England ’88)

Supporting Actor
Andrew Scott (Sherlock)
Joseph Mawle (Birdsong)
Martin Freeman (Sherlock)
Stephen Rea (The Shadow Line)

Supporting Actress
Anna Chancellor (The Hour)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Miranda Hart (Call the Midwife)
Monica Dolan (Appropriate Adult)

Entertainment Performance
Alan Carr (Alan Carr: Chatty Man)
Dara O’Briain (Mock The Week)
Graham Norton (The Graham Norton Show)
Harry Hill (Harry Hill’s TV Burp)

Female Performance In A Comedy Programme
Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous)
Olivia Colman (Twenty Twelve)
Ruth Jones (Stella)
Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner)

Male Performance In A Comedy Programme
Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs Brown’s Boys)
Darren Boyd (Spy)
Hugh Bonneville (Twenty Twelve)
Tom Hollander (Rev.)

Single Drama
Holy Flying Circus
Page Eight
Random
Stolen

Mini-Series
Appropriate Adult
The Crimson Petal and the White
This is England ’88
Top Boy

Drama Series
The Fades
Misfits
Scott and Bailey
Spooks

Soap and Continuing Drama
Coronation Street
EastEnders
Holby City
Shameless

International Programme
Borgen
Forbrydelsen (The Killing)
Modern Family
The Slap

Factual Series
The Choir: Military Wives
Educating Essex
Our War
Protecting Our Children: Damned If We Do Damned If We Don’t

Specialist Factual
British Masters
Frozen Planet
Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret
Wonders of the Universe

Single Documentary
9/11: The Day That Changed the World
The Fight of Their Lives
Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die
We Need To Talk About Dad (Cutting Edge)

Features
DIY SOS: The Big Build
Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels
The Great British Bake-Off
Timothy Spall: Somewhere at Sea

Reality And Constructed Factual
An Idiot Abroad
Don’t Tell The Bride
Made in Chelsea
The Young Apprentice

Current Affairs
Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark
Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields
‘The Truth About Adoption’ (Panorama)
‘Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed’ (Panorama)

News Coverage
BBC News at Ten: Siege of Homs
Channel 4 News: Japanese earthquake
ITV News at Ten: Battle of Misrata
Sky News: Libya rebel convoy – live

Sport And Live Event
Frankenstein’s Wedding: Live in Leeds
The Royal Wedding (BBC)
Rugby World Cup Final
Tour De France 2011

New Media
Autumnwatch
The Bank Job
Misfits
Psychoville

Entertainment Programme
Celebrity Juice
Derren Brown: The Experiments
Harry Hill’s TV Burp
Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Comedy Roadshow

Comedy Programme
Charlie Brooker’s 2011 Wipe
Comic Strip: The Hunt for Tony Blair
The Cricklewood Greats
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle

Situation Comedy
Fresh Meat
Mrs Brown’s Boys
Friday Night Dinner
Rev.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Festival Hall in London on May 27.

Fraser McAlpine

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