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Sunday 28 December 2014

West gets best actor nomination

Dominic West played Fred West in Appropriate Adult
Dominic West played Fred West in Appropriate Adult

Dominic West is in the running for best actor at this year's Royal Television Society awards for his role as the notorious serial killer Fred West.

The Hour star has landed the nomination for his performance in Appropriate Adult, while Emily Watson, who played Janet Leach, the volunteer who sat in on West's police interviews and developed a bond with the murderer, is up for best actress.

The controversial ITV1 drama, which was criticised by Anne Marie Davis, the daughter of the Gloucestershire murderer, also has a third nomination, in the writing category.

The Graham Norton Show, which replaced Friday Night With Jonathan Ross on BBC1, is up for best entertainment but Ross's new Saturday night chat show on ITV1 is not shortlisted.

Ant and Dec are up for best entertainment performance for their shows I'm A Celebrity..., Red Or Black, Push The Button and Britain's Got Talent.

Their rivals are James Corden for Sky 1 panel show A League Of Their Own and Leigh Francis as his alter-ego Keith Lemon for Celebrity Juice on ITV2.

BBC2 series Rev, the hit sitcom about a vicar running a modern inner-city church, has three nominations, including best comedy performance for actor Tom Hollander.

Eric And Ernie, the BBC2 drama about the comedy double act, also has three nods - best actor for Daniel Rigby (Eric Morecambe), single drama and writer.

The annual programme awards, which take place on March 20, hosted by comedian Rob Brydon, will see Danish thriller The Killing in the running in the international category.

Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale are vying for best soap, while David Attenborough's Frozen Planet, criticised for "fakery" after including scenes of a polar bear with her newborn cubs which were filmed in a zoo, is up for best science and natural history programme.

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