The BAFTA TV Awards 2011

Our highlights of the nominations for the 2011 British Academy Television awards. The Awards will take place on 22 May at London’s Grosvenor House.

Leading Actor:

Jim Broadbent – Any Human Heart

Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock

Daniel Rigby – Eric and Ernie

Matt Smith – Doctor Who

Base.com Verdict – Matt Smith

You just can’t bet against the Doctor! Arguably one of the biggest shows on UK television at the moment. Whether Matt Smith is your favourite incarnation of the Doctor or not, his performances have continued to grow the popularity of the series.

Leading Actress:

Anna Maxwell Martin – South Riding

Vicky McClure -This Is England ’86

Natalie Press – Five Daughters

Juliet Stevenson – Accused

Base.com Verdict – Vicky McClure

This Is England ’86 was a superb mini-series follow up to the cult film This Is England. Set 3 years after the initial film the series was just as hard-hitting and ground-breaking as the much loved original film.

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Supporting Actor

Brendan Coyle – Downton Abbey

Martin Freeman – Sherlock

Johnny Harris – This Is England ’86

Robert Sheehan – Misfits

Base.com Verdict – Robert Sheehan

This year has seen the rise of the show Misfits, having returned for a second series it managed to emulate the success of other teenage orientated shows such as Skins and The Inbetweeners. Robert Sheehan’s cheeky performances has earned him many plaudits as well as roles on the big screen.

Supporting Actress

Gillian Anderson – Any Human Heart

Lynda Baron – The Road to Coronation Street

Lauren Socha – Misfits

Jessie Wallace – The Road to Coronation Street

Base.com Verdict – Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson is probably best known for her appearances as Dana Scully in The X-Files. In Any Human Heart she plays Wallis aka. The Duchess of Windsor, whilst surrounded by an all-star cast she still manages to put in star performances.

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Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

Jo Brand – Getting On

Dawn French – Roger and Val Have Just Got In

Miranda Hart – Miranda

Katherine Parkinson – The IT Crowd

Base.com Verdict – Miranda Hart

Miranda Hart has been rising as the undisputed Queen of British Comedy these last couple of years. Having already picked up 3 British Comedy Awards this year, she is hard to rule out but she faces tough competition from established comedy legends in the form of Jo Brand and Dawn French.

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

James Buckley – The Inbetweeners

Steve Coogan – The Trip

Tom Hollander – Rev

David Mitchell – Peep Show

Base.com Verdict – James Buckley

The Inbetweeners was an instant phenomenon when it started back in 2008. Schools and Offices were instantly filled with the hilarious catchphrases that had spawned from the show. 3 Series in and the material has managed to stay as fresh and funny as ever. James Buckley plays every one’s favourite character Jay in the show and is well deserving of this award.

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Entertainment Performance

Rob Brydon – The Rob Brydon Show

Stephen Fry – QI

Harry Hill – Harry Hill’s TV Burp

Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show

Base.com Verdict -Harry Hill

A particularly hard award to call. As much as I am a fan of Rob Brydon I didn’t find his new show as enjoyable as his previous work, had the potential to be a better version of the Jonathon Ross’ show but failed to live up it. Stephen Fry remains as solid as ever in his role as ‘ring leader’ on the panel show QI, but the long running show is beginning to get a little repetitive for my liking. Graham Norton = Marmite, you either love him or detest him, enough said. Harry Hill on the other hand has remained consistently funny over the years and I think will just about scrape the win.

International

Boardwalk Empire

Glee

The Killing

Mad Men

Base.com Verdict – Glee

Yes I know what you are thinking… the other 3 contenders (and nearly everything else on TV) are infinitely better than Glee, but what can you do? It’s run-away popularity and die-hard fans make it a certain favourite for this award. And if it doesn’t win the award I won’t be too upset with my incorrect guess!

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Comedy Programme

Catherine Tate’s Little Cracker

Come Fly With Me

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Harry and Paul

Base.com Verdict – Come Fly With Me

After Matt Lucas & David Walliams hit TV show Little Britain, their next project was always going to face a high level of scrutiny. They increased the pressure on the show ten-fold by broadcasting the pilot (excuse the pun) episode on Christmas Day. Whilst the show was not to everyone’s taste, the show still received critical acclaim and maintained high viewing figures.

Situation Comedy

Mrs Brown’s Boys

Peep Show

Rev

The Trip

Base.com Verdict – Peep Show

Peep Show, 100% without doubt my favourite thing on UK television at the moment (Curse ITV2 for dropping Entourage!). Now heading towards it’s 8th season the popularity of the series has gone from strength to strength. The uniqueness of the POV camera style and the ability to relate to the real life situations are the culminating factors of its success.

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For a full list of nominees see  The Official BAFTA Website

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