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Broadbent and Tennant up for Royal Television Society award

Any Human Heart

Story by Jack Foley

JIM Broadbent and David Tennant have been nominated for best actor at this year’s Royal Television Society Programme Awards.

Broadbent is in the running for his role in Channel 4’s Any Human Heart, while Tennant is up for the BBC’s Single Father.

They are joined on the shortlist by This Is England ’86 star Johnny Harris.

In the best actress category, Julie Walters is up for best actress for her role as the late politician Mo Mowlam in the Channel 4 drama Mo, which has already won her a BAFTA last year.

She is joned on the shortlist by Natalie Press, for Five Daughters, and Vicky McClure, of This Is England ’86 fame.

Walters’ Mo biopic is also up for best single drama and drama writing.

In the former category, it is up against The Road to Coronation Street and The Song of Lunch.

The awards, which will also honour history, arts, science and children’s programming, will be presented at a London ceremony on March 15, 2011.

In other key categories, ITV hit Downton Abbey is hot favourite to pip the BBC’s Sherlock and E4’s Misfits to the best drama series, while EastEnders, Coronation Street and Casualty battle it out for the best soap.

The Million Pound Drop, The Cube and X Factor will compete for best entertainment programme.

And Channel 4 ratings success My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding is among the nominations for best single documentary, along with Between Life and Death and The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan.

Key awards at a glance:

Actor (Female)
Vicky McClure – This is England ’86 A Warp Film for Channel 4
Natalie Press – Five Daughters BBC Productions for BBC One
Julie Walters – Mo ITV Studios for Channel 4

Actor (Male)
Johnny Harris – This is England ’86 A Warp Film for Channel 4
David Tennant – Single Father Red Productions for BBC One
Jim Broadbent – Any Human Heart

Scripted Comedy
The Inbetweeners ABwark Production for E4
Miranda BBC Productions for BBC Two
Rev Big Talk Productions for BBC Two

Comedy Performance
James Buckley – The Inbetweeners A Bwark Production for E4
Miranda Hart – Miranda BBC Productions for BBC Two
Tom Hollander – Rev Big Talk Productions for BBC Two

Documentary Series
Wormwood Scrubs Wild Pictures for ITV1
One Born Every Minute Dragonfly Productions for Channel 4
Welcome to Lagos KEO north for BBC Two

Single Documentary
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding Firecracker Films for Channel 4
Between Life and Death BBC Productions/BBC Wales for BBC One
The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan Clover Films for More4

Drama Serial
Any Human Heart Carnival Films for Channel 4
This is England ’86 A Warp Film for Channel 4
Five Daughters BBC Productions for BBC One

Drama Series
Downton Abbey Carnival Films for ITV1
Sherlock Hartswood Films for BBC One
Misfits Clerkenwell Films for E4

Single Drama
The Road to Coronation Street ITV Studios for BBC Four
The Song of Lunch BBC Productions/Masterpiece for BBC Two
Mo ITV Studios for Channel 4

Entertainment
The Million Pound Drop Remarkable Television, An Endemol Company, for Channel 4
The X Factor A talkbackTHAMES and Syco TV Production for ITV1
The Cube Objective Productions for ITV1

International Award
True Stories: The Cove Vertigo Films for More4
Mad Men Lionsgate for BBC Four
Justified Sony Pictures Television for 5USA

Presenter
Piers Morgan – Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV Studios for ITV1
Reggie Yates – Autistic Superstars Prospect Cymru Wales for BBC Three
Professor Brian Cox – Wonders of the Solar System BBC/Science Channel co-production for BBC Two

Science & Natural History
Wonders of the Solar System BBC/Science Channel co-production for BBC Two
How Earth Made Us: Deep Earth BBC Productions for BBC Two
Lost Land of the Tiger BBC Natural History Unit for BBC One

Soap and Continuing Drama
Coronation Street ITV Studios for ITV1
EastEnders BBC Productions for BBC One
Casualty BBC Productions for BBC One

Writer – Comedy
Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong – Peep Show Objective Productions for Channel 4
Jo Brand, Vicki Pepperdine & Joanna Scanlan – Getting On Vera Productions for BBC Four
Graham Linehan – The I.T. Crowd talkbackTHAMES for Channel 4

Writer – Drama
Jack Thorne and Shane Meadows – This is England ’86 A Warp Film for Channel 4
Stephen Butchard – Five Daughters BBC Productions for BBC One
Neil McKay – Mo ITV Studios for Channel 4