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Friday 19 December 2014

Fred West drama heads TV Bafta nods

Dominic West earned one of four TV Bafta nominations for ITV's Appropriate Adult
Dominic West earned one of four TV Bafta nominations for ITV's Appropriate Adult

A TV drama about serial killer Fred West has headed the shortlist for the TV Baftas with nominations for four awards.

ITV1's 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 mini series.

BBC1 hit Sherlock and Channel 4's gritty This Is England '88 have three nominations apiece for the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, which take place on May 27.

Sherlock's nominations throw up a battle against good and evil with both 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 shortlist for best entertainment programme. 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 the supporting actress title for Downton Abbey, alongside Anna Chancellor (The Hour), Monica Dolan (Appropriate Adult) and Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife).

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