Nominations for the BAFTA TV Awards celebrating excellence in British TV have been announced, and BBC AMERICA series Luther, London Spy, Adele: Live in London, The Graham Norton Show and Doctor Who all received nods from the judges.
Luther was nominated thanks to the performance of Idris Elba, who is competing for the Best Leading Actor Award against Ben Whishaw (London Spy), Stephen Graham (This Is England) and Oscar-winner Mark Rylance, who played the machiavellian Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall.
The TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel‘s trilogy of historical novels emerged as the frontrunner in the awards, with a further three nominations for Best Drama Series, Best Leading Actress for Claire Foy (Anne Boleyn) and Best Supporting Actor Anton Lesser (Thomas More).
Singer Adele also won a nomination for the TV special Adele: Live in London (a.k.a. Adele at the BBC), in which she sang songs from her album 25 and talked to Graham Norton. It’s up for Best Entertainment Program alongside new Top Gear presenter Chris Evans for his TFI Friday anniversary special, Strictly Come Dancing (Britain’s equivalent of Dancing with the Stars), and Simon Cowell‘s Britain’s Got Talent.
Doctor Who picked up a mention for Michelle Gomez‘s turn as Missy in the Supporting Actress race, while other notables include Sir Ian McKellen, who, having been nominated twice for an Oscar and four times for a BAFTA film award, has won his first BAFTA TV nomination for his supporting part in the BBC’s one-off stage adaptation of The Dresser, due to air on Starz on May 30.
Also highlighted was The Great British Bake Off, QI, and Graham Norton, who was nominated in the category Best Entertainment Performance for The Graham Norton Show.
There was disappointment however for a certain rather well-known British TV show. Downton Abbey received no nominations at all, despite it being the final year in which it was eligible, and one of its stars, Hugh Bonneville, scoring a nomination for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Program for his role in spoof documentary W1A.
It’s not the first time the drama juggernaut has been snubbed. Downton Abbey has never won a BAFTA TV award, despite it being one of the U.K.’s biggest shows and one of the forerunners of the recent British invasion of U.S. TV.
That invasion is showing no signs of slowing down. For a heads up on the next big shows to hit our shores, check out the full list of nominations on Deadline.
The awards will be handed out on May 8 in London’s Royal Festival Hall.Read More