Serial killer story’s Baftas nod
A Fred West miniseries has garnered four nominations in showbiz’s battle of Britain
ATELEVISION drama about serial killer Fred West heads the short list for the TV Baftas with nominations for four awards.
Appropriate Adult’s haul of nods includes best actor for Dominic West, who played the murderer, and best actress for Emily Watson, as well as best supporting actress and best miniseries.
Sherlock and the gritty This Is England ’88 have three nominations apiece for the British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall on May 27.
Sherlock’s nominations throw up a battle against good and evil with both Dr Watson (Martin Freeman) and Moriarty (Andrew Scott) battling for best supporting actor.
Simon Cowell’s hugely popular shows Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor have failed to make it on to the short list for best entertainment program. Instead, it will be fought out between Harry Hill’s TV Burp, Derren Brown: The Experiments, Michael Mcintyre’s Christmas Comedy Roadshow and Celebrity Juice, starring Keith Lemon.
Alongside West, the best actor nominees are Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch, John Simm ( Exile) and Joseph Gilgun ( This Is England ’88).
Last year’s best actress, Vicky Mcclure, is nominated once more for her continuing portrayal of Lol in the This Is England dramas. She faces Romola Garai for The Crimson Petal And The White, Nadine Marshall for Random and Watson for Appropriate Adult.
Screen veteran Dame Maggie Smith – who has already picked up five Baftas over her career – is up for best supporting actress title for Downton Abbey, alongside Anna Chancellor ( The Hour), Monica Dolan ( Appropriate Adult) and Miranda Hart ( Call The Midwife).
Dame Maggie Smith vies for best supporting actress for
critically acclaimed drama The Slap continues to gather accolades with a nomination at British television’s Baftas. The eight-part drama series competes with Danish programs, The Killing and Borgen, and US series Modern Family in the international category. The adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’s bestselling novel tells the story of a man who slaps someone else’s child at a barbecue. The Slap cast includes Sophie Okonedo (pictured), Jonathan Lapaglia, Melissa George, Alex Dimitriades and Essie Davis.
The other supporting actor nominees competing with Scott and last year’s winner Freeman are Stephen Rea for his sinister role in The Shadowline and Joseph Mawle for Birdsong.
Host Dara O’briain is up for best comedy performance against Graham Norton, Alan Carr and a past two-time winner for the category, Harry Hill.
Vying for top sitcom are Rev, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Friday Night Dinner and Fresh Meat, while the top comedy program prize sees Charlie Brooker’s 2011 Wipe, Comic Strip: The Hunt for Tony Blair, The Cricklewood Greats and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle battle it out. Aiming to take the prize for best drama series are Misfits, Spooks, The Fades and Scott And Bailey.