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BAFTA TV Awards 2014: The IT Crowd and Southcliffe lead nominees

The IT Crowd

Story by Jack Foley

COMEDY one-off The IT Crowd and crime drama Southcliffe lead the nominations for this year’s BAFTA TV awards (2014).

Both shows have scored four nods each but are closely followed by ITV police drama Broadchurch and BBC1 drama The Village, which each have three.

Channel 4 emerged as the biggest winner overall though, securing a total of 27 nominations.

Among The IT Crowd‘s nominees are Richard Ayoade and Chris O’Dowd, who are each nominated for best male performance in a comedy, while their co-star Katherine Parkinson is shortlisted for best female in a comedy. The show’s final episode is up for best sitcom.

Four-part crime drama Southcliffe, meanwhile, is up for best mini-drama, while its star Sean Harris is up for best leading actor and his co-stars Rory Kinnear and Shirley Henderson have been recognised in the best supporting actor and actress categories.

Other notable nominees include Olivia Colman, who is shortlisted for her leading role in Broadchurch. If successful, the actress would add to the two BAFTAs she won last year.

Broadchurch also has nods for David Bradley for best supporting actor and best drama.

Graham Norton, who will host the ceremony on Sunday, May 18, 2014, is also up for best entertainment performance for his BBC One chat show.

In contention for The Village are Maxine Peake and Nico Mirallegro, who are nominated for leading actress and supporting actor respectively. The show itself is up for best drama.

Acclaimed BBC Four drama Burton and Taylor has landed nominations for its leading duo, Richard Burton and Helena Bonham Carter.

While first-time nominees Jamie Doran (for The Fall) and Luke Newberry (for In The Flesh) are also shortlisted for best actor.

The international category also makes for a fascinating competition with the awards laden final season of Breaking Bad pitted against Netflix political drama House of Cards, hit Danish show Borgen, and French supernatural drama The Returned.

This is the first year that programmes shown exclusively online in the UK have been allowed to compete, which meant Breaking Bad and House of Cards were eligible.

Also of note, BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing has received its first Bafta nomination in six years for best entertainment programme, alongside Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery and Dynamo: Magician Impossible.

And the publicly-voted Radio Times Audience Award offers members of the public the chance to choose w
between Breaking Bad, Broadchurch, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, Educating Yorkshire, Gogglebox and The Great British Bake Off. Voting opens on Monday for that award.

View the nominations in full