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BAFTA unveils nominations for 2018 TV Awards

New Short Form Programme category introduced

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominations for the annual Virgin TV BAFTAs, with Black Mirror, Line of Duty, The Crown and Three Girls each nominated in three categories.

The ceremony will be held at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 13th May and hosted by Sue Perkins.

Black Mirror has two first-time nominees recognised for their performances: a Leading Actor nomination for Joe Cole for Hang the DJ, which is also nominated in the Single Drama category, and a Supporting Actor nomination for Jimmi Simpson for USS Callister.

Line of Duty receives nominations in the Drama Series category, as well as a Leading Actress nomination for Thandie Newton and a Supporting Actor nomination for Adrian Dunbar.

Also nominated in the Drama Series category is The Crown, which receives performance nominations for the second year in a row for Claire Foy for Leading Actress and Vanessa Kirby for Supporting Actress. Completing the Drama Series category is returning drama Peaky Blinders and The End of the F***ing World, written by BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, Charlie Covell.

Other BAFTA Breakthrough Brits nominated are writers Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper who receive a nomination for This Country for Scripted Comedy. Daisy May Cooper is also nominated in Female Performance in a Comedy Programme. Breakthrough Brit Molly Windsor receives a Leading Actress nomination for her performance in Three Girls. Her co-star Liv Hill receives a Supporting Actress nomination. Three Girls is also recognised in Mini Series alongside Howards End, The Moorside and The State.

Receiving his first Leading Actor nomination is Jack Rowan for Born to Kill, while in the Leading Actress category, Sinead Keenan receives her first BAFTA nomination for her performance in Little Boy Blue.

Anna Friel receives her first BAFTA nomination in the Supporting Actress category for Broken, alongside her co-star Sean Bean, who is nominated for Leading Actor; and first-time nominee Julie Hesmondhalgh is nominated for her Supporting Actress performance in Broadchurch.

Other first-time performance nominees include Samson Kayo for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for Famalam; and Sandi Toksvig, nominated for QI in the Entertainment Performance category. Also nominated for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme is Asim Chaudhry for People Just Do Nothing, Rob Brydon for The Trip to Spain, and Toby Jones for Detectorists.

Completing the Entertainment Performance category is Adam Hills, who receives his second nomination for The Last Leg, which is also nominated in the Comedy Entertainment Programme category; last year’s winner, Michael McIntyre, nominated for Michael McIntyre’s Big Show; and Graham Norton, for The Graham Norton Show, who receives his 16th BAFTA nomination. Michael McIntyre’s Big Show also receives a nomination in Entertainment Programme alongside Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice UK.

The Short Form Programme category, new for 2018, recognises programmes of between three and 20 minutes across all genres, premiering on a broadcast or online platform. The nominations are Britain’s Forgotten Men, Eating with My Ex, Morgana Robinson’s Summer, and Pls Like.

The full list of BAFTA 2018 nominations is available here.