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Bafta TV Awards 2009: Ross and Brown among nominees

Jonathan Ross

Story by Jack Foley

CONTROVERSIAL TV host Jonathan Ross and long-serving soap star June Brown are among the nominees for this year’s Bafta TV Awards (2009).

Ross, who only recently completed a suspension from the BBC for comments made during a radio show with Russell Brand, will compete for the best entertainment performance alongside ITV duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, Stephen Fry and Harry Hill.

While EastEnders star Brown has been nominated for best TV actress – the first time the veteran soap star has been recognised by Bafta and the first time a soap star has been nominated in the category since Jean Alexander – aka Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street – was shortlisted in 1988.

The 82-year-old actress, who has played Dot Cotton since 1985, is cited for a solo episode she appeared in during January 2008.

Other nominees

The BBC has fared well in the annual nominations, with acclaimed drama Hancock and Joan landing three nominations, including a best actor nod for star Ken Stott.

It also gets a best actress nod for Maxine Peake, with a third nomination coming in the best single drama category.

Stott faces competition from rising star Ben Whishaw for another BBC drama, Criminal Justice, as well as Jason Isaacs, who is nominated for his role as comedian Harry H Corbett in The Curse of Steptoe.

Stephen Dillane completes the best actor line-up for The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall.

Other best actress nominees include Andrea Riseborough, for playing the young Margaret Thatcher in The Long Walk to Finchley and Anna Maxwell Martin for Channel 4’s Poppy Shakespeare.

The best single drama category will be between Einstein and Eddington, Hancock and Joan, The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall and White Girl, while Criminal Justice will battle it out with Channel 4’s Dead Set and The Devil’s Whore, as well as House of Saddam for best drama serial.

Audience favourites Doctor Who, Shameless and Spooks will also contest best drama with a new show, Wallander, which offered Kenneth Branagh a memorable Sunday night role.

See the nominations in full