Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Olympic shows in line for TV Baftas

Danny Boyle directed the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony
Dance performers during the London Olympic Games 2012 opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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 tumultuous relationship with film-maker Alfred Hitchcock - sees Sienna Miller, who played Hedren, nominated for leading actress.

Toby Jones, who played Hitchcock, is nominated for leading actor and co-star Imelda Staunton also gets a nod in the supporting actress category.

Miller 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 Jones 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.

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.

Colman, 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.

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