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BAFTA TV Awards 2012: Appropriate Adult leads nominees

Appropriate Adult

Story by Jack Foley

APPROPRIATE Adult, ITV1’s critically-acclaimed but controversial dramatisation of the investigation into serial killer Fred West, leads the nominations for this year’s Bafta TV Awards.

The two-part drama picked up four nominations, including best mini-series, best actor for Dominic West and best actress for Emily Watson. Monica Dolan completes the nominations with a nod for best supporting actress.

Of the other multiple nominees hoping for success at the annual event, BBC1’s Sherlock and Channel 4’s This Is England ’88 each received three nods.

In the annual battle of the soap operas, arch-rivals Coronation Street and EastEnders face Holby City and Shameless in the soap and continuing drama category.

While Harry Hill’s TV Burp, Derren Brown: The Experiments, Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Comedy Roadshow and Celebrity Juice battle it out for best entertainment programme – a category that Simon Cowell shows Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor failed to make the shortlist for.

In the meaty main awards for acting, Dominic West’s portrayal of Fred West will take on Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes as well as John Simm, for his performance in Exile, and Joseph Gilgun, for This is England ’88.

Appropriate Adult‘s Watson, meanwhile, is nominated in the best actress category alongside Romola Garai for The Crimson Petal and the White, Nadine Marshall for Channel 4’s Random and last year’s winner Vicky McClure for her performance as Lol in This Is England ’88.

Five-time Bafta winner Dame Maggie Smith is nominated in the best supporting actress category for Downton Abbey and is pitted against comedian Miranda Hart for Call The Midwife, Anna Chancellor for The Hour and Monica Dolan for Appropriate Adult.

While Sherlock actors Martin Freeman (Watson) and Andrew Scott (Moriarty) go up against each other and Birdsong‘s Joseph Mawle and The Shadowline‘s Stephen Rea for best supporting actor.

Ironically, Sherlock missed out on being able to defend its title for best drama series after a change in the rules this year, which means that to qualify now a drama has to have between six and 19 episodes. The second series of Sherlock only had three two-hour episodes.

Instead, Misfits, the final series of Spooks, The Fades and Scott and Bailey will compete for the best drama series prize.

The best mini-series category, meanwhile, will be contested by Appropriate Adult, The Crimson Petal And The White, This Is England ’88 and Top Boy.

Rev, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Friday Night Dinner and Fresh Meat are all nominated in the sitcom title category

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in London on May 27, 2012.

View the nominees in full