Tune in for an evening of glitz and glam­our

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR TV WEEK -

Can The Bri­tish Academy Tele­vi­sion Awards, Sun­day, BBC1, 8pm out­shine their cin­e­matic coun­ter­part? Well, one man adding a lit­tle movie glam­our to the pro­ceed­ings is Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, who is now a force to be reck­oned with in Hol­ly­wood fol­low­ing his Os­car nom­i­na­tion for play­ing Alan Tur­ing in The Imi­ta­tion Game. He’s since re­ceived his third Lead­ing Ac­tor Bafta nod (and sixth in to­tal) for the role that first gained him in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion – that of enig­matic su­per-de­tec­tive Holmes in Sher­lock, the mod­ern re­work­ing of Sir Arthur Co­nan Doyle’s fa­mous tales. He’s up against James Nes­bitt for The Miss­ing, and two ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mances as real-life peo­ple from Toby Jones and Ja­son Watkins. Watkins was out­stand­ing in The Lost Hon­our of Christo­pher Jef­fries, but the win­ner should be Jones, whose take on clown and foot­ball mas­cot Neil Baldwin in Mar­vel­lous was ar­guably the TV high­light of 2014. The Lead­ing Actress cat­e­gory will be very hotly con­tested, with first-time nom­i­nee Georgina Camp­bell in the run­ning for sur­prise hit Mur­dered by My Boyfriend, along­side Keeley Hawes for Line of Duty. But then the big guns come out. Sheri­dan Smith has been hotly tipped for her per­for­mance in Cilla, which was great – un­til you re­alise she didn’t look or sound like Cilla Black, the per­son she was play­ing. So, if there’s any jus­tice, it will be Sarah Lan­cashire who wins for her ca­reer-best turn in Happy Val­ley, which would also be her sec­ond win in as many years – in 2014 she took home the Sup­port­ing Actress tro­phy for her work in Last Tango in Hal­i­fax. Other lu­mi­nar­ies in the run­ning in­clude the cer­e­mony’s host, Gra­ham Nor­ton, for his BBC chat show, as well as Matt Berry (Toast of Lon­don), Hugh Bon­neville (W1A), Clau­dia Win­kle­man (Strictly Come Danc­ing) and Stephen Rea (The Hon­ourable Woman). Watch out too for Olivia Colman, who is nom­i­nated for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year, this time in the Fe­male Per­for­mance in a Com­edy Pro­gramme for Rev. We do, how­ever, al­ready know the iden­tity of one win­ner. The name ‘Jon Snow’ may now be syn­ony­mous with a Game of Thrones char­ac­ter, but the real Jon Snow, ie the Chan­nel 4 news­reader who has spent the past 40 years cov­er­ing glob­ally im­por­tant sto­ries, will re­ceive the Bafta Fel­low­ship. This grand award has pre­vi­ously been handed to the likes of Julie Wal­ters, Michael Palin and David At­ten­bor­ough, so Snow is in great com­pany.

Boxing clever Gra­ham Nor­ton hosts the cer­e­mony

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