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2012 and The Girl shortlisted for TV BAFTAs


Story by Jack Foley

OLYMPICS themed comedy 2012, starring Hugh Bonneville, and Hitchcock drama The Girl, have been shortlisted for four awards each at this year’s TV BAFTAs.

Accused and Last Tango in Halifax also have four nods, while Danny Boyle’s Olympic opening ceremony is up for two.

BBC satire 2012 saw individual nominations for its stars Bonneville, Olivia Colman and Jessica Hynes, as well as situation comedy.

While The Girl picked up nods for Sienna Miller and Toby Jones as best actress and actor, as well as Imelda Staunton as best supporting actress for her role as Hitchcock’s long-suffering wifw. The show is also in contention for best single drama.

There are two nominations for Peter Capaldi, who is up for best actor for BBC Two’s 1950s newsroom drama The Hour and for best male performance in a comedy programme for his role as foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the final series of The Thick Of It. That show is also in contention for best comedy along with Episodes and Hunderby.

Steve Coogan’s return as Alan Partridge in Welcome To The Places Of My Life is also nominated for best performance in a comedy programme, along with Inbetweeners star Greg Davies, who is recognised for Cuckoo.

Sheridan Smith landed her first Bafta nomination in the best actress category for her portrayal as Mrs Biggs, based on the true story of the wife of the Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs. She competes against Rebecca Hall for Parade’s End, which is is also up for best mini-series along with Room at The Top and Mrs Biggs.

Sean Bean is nominated for his performance as transvestite Tracie in Accused, the BBC drama series which follows people accused of crimes as each awaits the verdict of their trial, while co-star Stephen Graham is up for best supporting actor.

Olivia Colman landed her second nomination for her role as Sue in another instalment of the series, Mo’s Story, while the show itself, created by Jimmy McGovern, is in the running for best mini-series.

Competing against Bean for best actor, meanwhile, will be Derek Jacobi for Last Tango in Halifax and Ben Whishaw, who is recognised for his performance as Richard II in The Hollow Crown series of adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays.

In the international category, fantasy epic Game Of Thrones is shortlisted for best show, along with Danish drama The Bridge, HBO comedy Girls and espionage thriller Homeland.

The Sport and Live Event nominations include the Olympic opening ceremony, Super Saturday on BBC One, Channel Four’s Paralympic coverage and the Wimbledon 2012 Men’s Final.

The awards ceremony, hosted by Graham Norton, will be held at the Royal Festival Hall, on London’s South Bank, on Sunday, May 12 and broadcast on BBC One.

View the nominations in full