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Benedict Cumberbatch (Pic: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Pic: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Pic: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

The nominations for this year’s BAFTA Television Awards have been revealed today (April 8), and as you’d expect, there’s a more-than-decent showing of Anglophenia favorites.

Benedict Cumberbatch is up to six BAFTA nominations now. This is the third year he is listed in the leading actor category for his part in Sherlock, no mean feat considering there have only been three seasons of the show. However, he has yet to actually take home one of those iconic brassy masks. Even his Britannia award for artist of the year, given by BAFTA Los Angeles in 2013, has a different trophy. This year’s nomination in the leading actor category for The Imitation Game was of course beaten by the all-conquering Eddie Redmayne and The Theory of Everything, so it’s probably time Sherlock got his due.

His main competition probably comes from Toby Jones, whose drama Marvellous (the true story of Neil Baldwin, a man working to overcome the limitations of his learning disabilities) is one of four dramas to lead the nomination list, each receiving three. The other three are The Missing, Line of Duty and Happy Valley, starring Sarah Lancashire (also nominated in the leading actress category).

Elsewhere, Olivia Colman is nominated (for the fifth award in as many years, this year’s being in the Female Performance in a Comedy Programme category) for her role in the BBC Two sitcom Rev. Her co-star Tom Hollander also gets a nomination in the equivalent category for the series, and the drama A Poet in New York—in which he plays a magnificently self-loathing Dylan Thomas—is up for a single drama trophy.

While we’re on comedy, the BBC-made BBC spoof W1A is well represented, with Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes both receiving nominations in their respective comedy performance categories.

BBC America favorite Graham Norton is hosting the awards, on May 14, and he is also nominated in the entertainment performance category for The Graham Norton Show, which is also nominated for comedy entertainment programme alongside Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle.

The full list of nominations is as follows:

Leading Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock
Toby Jones – Marvellous
James Nesbitt – The Missing
Jason Watkins – The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies

Leading Actress
Georgina Campbell – Murdered by My Boyfriend
Keeley Hawes – Line of Duty
Sarah Lancashire – Happy Valley
Sheridan Smith – Cilla

Supporting Actor
Adeel Akhtar – Utopia
James Norton – Happy Valley
Stephen Rea – The Honourable Woman
Ken Stott – The Missing 

Supporting Actress
Gemma Jones – Marvellous
Vicky McClure – Line of Duty 
Amanda Redman – Tommy Cooper: Not like That, Like This
Charlotte Spencer – Glue

Entertainment Performance
Ant and Dec – Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Leigh Francis – Celebrity Juice 
Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show
Claudia Winkelman – Strictly Come Dancing

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme
Olivia Colman – Rev.
Tamsin Greig – Episodes
Jessica Hynes – W1A
Catherine Tate – Catherine Tate’s Nan

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme
Matt Berry – Toast of London
Hugh Bonneville – W1A
Tom Hollander – Rev.
Brendan O’Carroll – Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special 

Single Drama
A Poet in New York
Murdered By My Boyfriend

The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies
Our World War

Drama Series
Happy Valley
Line of Duty
The Missing
Peaky Blinders

Soap and Continuing Drama
Coronation Street

The Good Wife
House of Cards
Orange is the New Black
True Detective

Entertainment Programme
Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Dynamo: Magician Impossible
Strictly Come Dancing
The Voice

Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme
Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe
The Graham Norton Show
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle
Would I Lie To You

Scripted Comedy
Harry & Paul’s Story of the Twos
Moone Boy
The Wrong Mans

Factual Series
15,000 Kids and Counting
Educating the East End
Life and Death Row
Protecting Our Parents

Specialist Factual
David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies
Grayson Perry: Who Are You?
The Great War: The People’s Story
Our Gay Wedding: The Musical

Single Documentary
Baby P: The Untold Story
Children of Syria
The Miners’ Strike and Me
The Paedophile Hunter

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces
Grand Designs
The Great British Bake Off
Long Lost Family

Reality and Constructed Factual
The Apprentice
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me out of Here!
The Island with Bear Grylls
The Undateables

Current Affairs
“Children of the Frontline” (Dispatches)
“Ebola Frontline” (Panorama)
Inside Kenya’s Death Squads (Al Jazeera Investigates)
Terror at the Mall (This World)

News Coverage
BBC News at Ten
Channel 4 News
ITV News at Ten: Iraq Crisis
Sky News Live at Five: Ebola

Sport & Live Event
2104 FA Cup Semi Final, Hully City vs. Sheffield United
Monty Python (Mostly) Live: One Down, Five to Go
Tour de France 2014, Stage 1
WW1 Remembered – From the Battlefield & Westminster Abbey

Radio Times Audience Award 
Game of Thrones
The Great British Bake Off
The Missing
Strictly Come Dancing

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By Fraser McAlpine