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BAFTA TV Awards 2011: Misfits leads nominees


Story by Jack Foley

E4 SCI-FI drama Misfits leads this year’s TV Bafta nominations with nods in four categories.

The series is up for best drama series and is shortlisted in the New Media category, while stars Robert Sheehan and Lauren Socha are nominated for best supporting actor and actress respectively.

It’s closely followed by BBC One’s Sherlock reboot, Channel 4’s Any Human Heart and BBC Four drama, The Road To Coronation Street, which have three nominations each.

Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith has had his first nomination, for leading actor, but is pitted against two-time Bafta winner Jim Broadbent for Any Human Heart, as well as Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Daniel Rigby for Eric and Ernie.

Sherlock‘s other nominations came for best supporting actor for Martin Freeman (who played Watson) and drama series, while Any Human Heart is also in the running for drama serial and best supporting actress for Gillian Anderson.

The Road to Coronation Street, which chronicles the beginnings of the long-running ITV1 soap opera, is up for best single drama and has two nominations for supporting actress for EastEnders actress Jessie Wallace and Lynda Baron, who played Pat Phoenix and Violet Carson.

In the best actress category, Juliet Stevenson is shortlisted for Jimmy McGovern’s The Accused alongside two-time former winner Anna Maxwell Martin for South Riding, Vicky McClure for This is England ’86 and Natalie Press for Suffolk murders drama Five Daughters.

ITV phenomenon Downton Abbey is shortlisted in two categories – as best drama series and for Brendan Coyle as best supporting actor (as lame footman turned nation’s heart-throb Bates).

The best drama serial, meanwhile, will be contested by Sky One’s Mad Dogs as well as BBC Two’s The Sinking of the Laconia and Channel 4’s The Promise and Any Human Heart.

Three new shows are up for best situation comedy – BBC Two’s The Trip and Rev, starring Tom Hollander, and BBC One’s Mrs Brown’s Boys. Channel 4’s Peep Show offers competition from the other channels.

And another BBC drama, Waterloo Road, has received its first nomination in the continuing drama category, joining previous winners Casualty, Coronation Street and EastEnders.

Two Channel 4 series – Come Dine With Me and Hugh’s Fish Fight – will battle it out in the features category alongside BBC Two’s Mary Queen of Shops and Sky One’s Pineapple Dance Studios.

In the best international category, Danish TV sensation The Killing is up against US shows Boardwalk Empire, Glee and Mad Men.

See the nominations in full