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Killer Howell drama The Secret tipped for Bafta, but other Northern Ireland shows miss out

By Adrian Rutherford

A controversial drama depicting how Colin Howell and Hazel Stewart conspired to murder their spouses has been nominated for a Bafta.

The Secret, which was broadcast on ITV last year, is in the running for best mini-series.

It tells the story of the double murder of Lesley Howell and Trevor Buchanan, whose bodies were discovered in a fume-filled garage in Castlerock in 1991.

The drama starred James Nesbitt as killer dentist Howell, with Stewart played by Irish actress Genevieve O'Reilly.

The full line-up of Bafta nominations was announced yesterday.

Other nominations with Northern Ireland connections include Game of Thrones, which is shortlisted for the Virgin TV must-see moment for the season 6 'Battle of the B******' scene.

Police anti-corruption drama Line of Duty, which is filmed in Belfast, is nominated in two categories.

Daniel Mays, who played armed response officer Danny Waldron in series 3, is shortlisted in the best supporting actor category. And the dramatic finale to that series, which saw DI Matthew 'Dot' Cotton arrange an explosive breakout from police custody, is nominated as must-see moment.

Historical drama The Crown dominates this year's nominations after securing five nods, including best actress and best drama series.

Claire Foy is tipped for her portrayal of the younger Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix show's first season, while Jared Harris, John Lithgow and Vanessa Kirby are featured in the line-up for best supporting actors.

Benedict Cumberbatch tops the list of leading actors following his role in The Hollow Crown, alongside Robbie Coltrane in National Treasure, Adeel Akhtar in Murdered By My Father and Babou Ceesay in Damilola, Our Loved Boy.

The one-off drama, retelling the tragic story of Damilola Taylor, who died in 2000, is also nominated for both single drama and supporting actress, Wunmi Mosaku.

Elsewhere, Strictly Come Dancing features in both the entertainment programme category and entertainment performance by series host Claudia Winkleman.

The final Virgin TV Bafta winners will be announced on May 14 at a ceremony in London's Royal Festival Hall.

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