The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has today announced the nominations for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards, which reward the very best in television broadcast on British screens in 2016. This year’s ceremony will be held at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 14 May, three weeks after the British Academy Television Craft Awards on 23 April and one week after BAFTA’s Guru Live festival.
Historical drama The Crown receives five nominations: Leading Actress for Claire Foy for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II; Supporting Actor for Jared Harris and John Lithgow; and Supporting Actress for Vanessa Kirby. Harris, Lithgow and Kirby are all first-time nominees; the programme is also nominated in Drama Series.
The Leading and Supporting performance categories are dominated this year by first-time BAFTA nominees, who also include Jodie Comer (for Thirteen) and Nikki Amuka-Bird (for NW) competing in Leading Actress, and Daniel Mays (for Line of Duty) in Supporting Actor. NW receives a second nomination in Single Drama.
One-off drama Damilola, Our Loved Boy receives three nominations, in Single Drama, Leading Actor (for Babou Ceesay) and Supporting Actress (for Wunmi Mosaku). Happy Valley receives nominations in Drama Series, Leading Actress (for Sarah Lancashire) and Supporting Actress (for Siobhan Finneran). The adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic, War & Peace, and The Durrells, based on Gerald Durrell’s autobiographical Corfu trilogy, are also nominated in Drama Series.
Fleabag receives three nominations, in Scripted Comedy and Female Performance in a Comedy Programme (for Olivia Colman and for Phoebe Waller-Bridge). Lesley Manville also receives a nomination in the category for Mum, as does Diane Morgan for Cunk on Shakespeare.
Cunk on Shakespeare receives a second nomination in Comedy & Comedy Entertainment Programme along with The Last Leg, which also receives a nomination in Entertainment Performance for Adam Hills. Completing the Comedy & Comedy Entertainment Programme category are Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe and Taskmaster.
Michael McIntyre receives a nomination in Entertainment Performance for Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, which receives a second nomination for Entertainment Programme. Strictly Come Dancing receives a nomination in Entertainment Programme and in Entertainment Performance for Claudia Winkleman. Britain’s Got Talent and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away also receive nominations in Entertainment Programme. Graham Norton concludes the Entertainment Performance category by receiving a nomination for The Graham Norton Show – the 15th of his career to date.
A number of programmes receive two nominations each: The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses in Mini Series and Leading Actor (for Benedict Cumberbatch); National Treasure in Mini Series and Leading Actor (for three-time BAFTA winner Robbie Coltrane); Murdered by My Father in Single Drama and Leading Actor (for Adeel Akhtar). Completing the double nominations is mockumentary series People Just Do Nothing with a nomination in Scripted Comedy and Male Performance in Comedy Programme (for Asim Chaudhry).
The Male Performance in a Comedy Programme category includes nominations for Steve Coogan, who receives a nomination for Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle, making him a BAFTA television nominee for the 10th time. Joining him are other multiple BAFTA nominees David Mitchell for Upstart Crow and Harry Enfield for The Windsors.
The following receive a single nomination each: The Secret (Mini Series), The Witness for the Prosecution (Mini Series); Aberfan: The Green Hollow (Single Drama); Nicola Walker (Supporting Actress for Last Tango in Halifax); Camping (Scripted Comedy) and Flowers (Scripted Comedy).
The nominations for Soap & Continuing Drama are: Casualty, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks.
In the International category, true crime, justice, gender, science fiction and horror go head-to-head with nominations for The Night Of, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, Stranger Things and Transparent.
Four programmes are recognised in the Current Affairs category, with nominations for Inside Obama’s White House, Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed (Panorama), Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks (This World) and Unarmed Black Male (This World).
The nominations for Single Documentary reflect television’s remarkable ability to shed light on complex issues: Behind Closed Doors, Hillsborough, How to Die: Simon’s Choice and HyperNormalisation.
Nominated in the News Coverage category are BBC North West Tonight: Hillsborough Inquests, Channel 4 News: Brexit – Day One, Sky News Tonight – Aleppo: Death of a City and Victoria Derbyshire.
In Factual Series, crime and personal stories dominate with nominations for 24 Hours in Police Custody, Exodus: Our Journey to Europe, Kids on the Edge and The Prosecutors: Real Crime and Punishment.
The Live Event nominations are The Centenary of the Battle of the Somme: Thiepval, The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration, Shakespeare Live! From the RSC and Stand Up to Cancer.
In Sport, Six Nations – England v Wales, The Open, Rio 2016 Olympics and Rio 2016 Paralympics receive nominations.
Who Do You Think You Are, Travel Man: 48 Hours In… and The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs receive a nomination each in Features, with The Great British Bake Off also nominated in this category for the sixth consecutive year.
The Reality & Constructed Factual nominations are First Dates, Muslims Like Us, The Real Marigold Hotel and The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds.
In Specialist Factual, Planet Earth II receives a nomination along with Attenborough’s Life That Glows and Alan Bennett’s Diaries. Grayson Perry adds to his previous three nominations in this category for Grayson Perry: All Man.
The nominations for the publicly-voted Virgin TV’s Must See Moment, which were announced yesterday are: Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards, The Late Late Show with James Corden: Carpool Karaoke with Michelle Obama, Line of Duty: Urgent Exit Required, Planet Earth II: Snakes vs Iguana Chase, Strictly Come Dancing: Ed Balls’ Gangnam Style and Who Do You Think You Are?: Danny Dyer’s Origins.