Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Olympic shows in line for TV Baftas

Danny Boyle's Olympic opening ceremony has a Bafta nod

Danny Boyle's impressive Olympic opening ceremony and the spoof sitcom inspired by the Games are both in the running for TV Bafta Awards.

Olympic satire Twenty Twelve picked up four nominations with its stars Olivia Colman, Jessica Hynes and Hugh Bonneville all recognised.

The coverage of the opening ceremony is nominated in the Sport and Live Event category alongside Super Saturday, the Paralympic Games and the Wimbledon Men's Final.

Also recognised are The Girl, Last Tango In Halifax and Accused - all of which picked up four nominations. The Girl - based on actress Tippi Hedren's relationship with film-maker Alfred Hitchcock - sees Sienna Miller, who played Hedren, nominated for leading actress, Toby Jones, who played Hitchcock, nominated for leading actor and co-star Imelda Staunton with a nod in the supporting actress category.

Sienna is up against Anne Reid from Last Tango In Halifax, Rebecca Hall from Parade's End and Sheridan Smith for Mrs Biggs. The competition for the leading actor gong sees Toby compete with Derek Jacobi, recognised for Last Tango In Halifax, Ben Whishaw in Richard II and Sean Bean, who is nominated for his role as a transvestite teacher in Accused.

Olivia, nominated for female performance in a comedy programme for Twenty Twelve, is also nominated in the supporting actress category for her role in Accused. Another double nominee is Peter Capaldi, who is in the running for the supporting actor gong for his performance in The Hour and could also take home the award for best male performance in a comedy programme for his role as foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in The Thick Of It.

Twenty Twelve star Jessica Hynes, who played flighty PR guru Siobhan Sharpe, is also nominated in the female performance in a comedy programme category along with Julia Davis in Hunderby and Miranda Hart for her hit BBC sitcom. Steve Coogan's return as Alan Partridge in Welcome To The Places Of My Life is also nominated for male performance in a comedy programme, along with Inbetweeners star Greg Davies, who is nominated for Cuckoo.

Twenty Twelve is nominated for best situation comedy along with Episodes, Hunderby and The Thick Of It. The nominations for best single drama see Everyday, The Girl, Murder and Richard II fight it out for honours. Last Tango In Halifax, the tale of two pensioners who rekindle an old relationship, is nominated for best drama series along with the bloody crime show Ripper Street, Scott And Bailey and Silk.

Sky's fantasy epic Game Of Thrones is in the running for best international show, along with The Bridge, Girls and espionage thriller Homeland. ITV documentary The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile is nominated in the current affairs category.

The event, formally known as the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, take place on Sunday May 12 at London's Royal Festival Hall and is hosted by Graham Norton.

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