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BAFTAs are up for grabs in TV nominations!


Nominations have been announced for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards, which reward the very best in television broadcast on British screens in 2016. But just who are up for these prestigious Awards?

This year’s ceremony will be held at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 14th May. Plenty of Awards are up for grabs with historical drama The Crown receiving 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 firsttime 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.

One-off drama Damilola, Our Loved Boy received three nominations, in Single Drama, Leading Actor (for Babou Ceesay) and Supporting Actress (for Wunmi Mosaku). Meanwhile, Happy Valley was nominated for 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.

In Entertainment Performance Michael McIntyre received a nomination for Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, which also got a second nomination for Entertainment Programme. Strictly Come Dancing is up for Entertainment Programme and in Entertainment Performance for Claudia Winkleman. And there is perhaps no surprise that Britain’s Got Talent and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away also received nominations in Entertainment Programme!

Nominations this year for Soap & Continuing Drama are: Casualty, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks. In one of the most controversial short-lists for a number of years, Coronation Street has missed out on a Bafta TV nomination for the first time since 2008. However, they weren’t the only ones to miss out. The BBC’s The Missing and The Night Manager also missed out, despite being hit dramas for the channel.

For the sixth consecutive year, The Great British Bake Off was nominated in the Features category (we wonder if this will be the case at next year’s event after Bake Off has moved to Channel 4!)

The nominations for the publicly-voted Virgin TV’s Must See Moment are:

All winners will be announced on Sunday 14th May. Further information can be found at

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