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Several BBCA shows managed to scoop BAFTA TV Award nominations today: the final full season of Doctor Who with David Tennant was nominated for Best Drama Series, and Top Gear was nominated for Best Features. The upcoming BBCA series, The Apprentice UK, was also nominated in that category. David Mitchell was nominated for both his comedic performance on Peep Show and for his sketch show, That Mitchell & Webb Look. And Rob Brydon was singled out from the cast of Gavin & Stacey for Best Comedy Performance.

Rob Brydon

Also of note: EastEnders legend June Brown, who plays Dot Branning on the show, became the first soap actress to be nominated for an acting BAFTA in 21 years. She is, indeed, a British national treasure, and it’s great to see her recognized. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Dexter, Mad Men, and The Wire all received mentions in the Best International Series category.

You can find the complete list of nominees here. The BAFTA TV Awards are handed out April 26th.

There’s currently the prospect of a Jade Goody biopic, according to The Times. Who would dare play her? Kerry Katona? Charlotte Church?


  • Skins star Nicholas Hoult has gotten some good reviews for his professional stage debut. The Daily Telegraph‘s Dominic Cavendish says, “Hoult’s achievement – and the lurking profundity of this superficially shallow comedy – is to persuade you, or remind you, that adolescents are their own worst enemies, ever stoking their insecurities and inadequacies. Mark is at once obtuse, neurotic and precocious. And Hoult piles on the gangly diffidence, scowling at the world from beneath an unkempt mop of dark brown hair, mind visibly whirring with calculations, repressions, and silly misapprehensions.”

  • Jamie Oliver will be the chef for the G-20 leaders when they meet in London next week. “I’m hoping that the menu I’m working on will show that British food and produce is some of the best in the world,” he says. Good luck with that, man. (CNN)
  • Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant are making a rom-com together here in NYC. Not feeling the hair, SJP. Not feeling it.(Daily Mail)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.