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Call The Midwife and Olympics Opening Ceremony on BAFTA shortlist

Call The Midwife

Story by Jack Foley

POPULAR drama Call The Midwife will compete against the Olympics Opening Ceremony for the Radio Times audience title at this year’s Bafta Television Awards.

The duo are among six programmes vying for the award, which is decided by the public.

US drama series Homeland, Game of Thrones, Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake Off complete the list of nominees.

Members of the public will be able to vote for their favourite programme of 2012 from 9pm on Tuesday, April 2 until midnight on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Click here

The winner will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Graham Norton at the Royal Festival Hall, on London’s South Bank, on Sunday, May 12.

Commenting on the nominations, Amanda Berry, chief executive of Bafta, said the shortlist, which was selected by a panel of 19 media journalists, “reflects the increasing diversity of tastes among British viewers”.

She added: “Each one of the programmes has captured our attention, and it will be fascinating to see which one is the public’s favourite when we reveal the winner.”

Ben Preston, Editor of the Radio Times, commented: “It’s a shortlist which perfectly captures a simply sensational television year. From Danny Boyle’s Olympic Opening night extravaganza to a vintage Strictly and a monster hit like Call The Midwife, there’s something for everyone. This is a shortlist to savour and squabble over.”

Previous winners of the award include comedy game show Celebrity Juice and Channel 4 sitcom The Inbetweeners.

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