2011 Bafta nominees announced

Today, the nominations for the 2011 British Academy Television awards were announced, with four nominations for Misfits and three each for Sherlock, Any Human Heart and The Road to Coronation Street. It’s a big day for Sky, with six nominations including one for its new 3D channel. I’ve had a look at the nominees and decided who I think should pick up the awards on May 22nd. I usually get these things wrong, but here goes…

Leading Actor

Jim Broadbent – Any Human Heart
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock
Daniel Rigby – Eric and Ernie
Matt Smith – Doctor Who

Starting off with one of the toughest characters of all. Jim Broadbent is always good in every role, but was especially good here. Matt Smith is a superb Doctor and is deserving of the nomination. Daniel Rigby was utterly outstanding as Eric Morecambe. But Benedict Cumberbatch was the television actor of the last year, a populist choice maybe but it’s hard to see past the impact he made in just three episodes of Sherlock last summer.

Leading Actress

Anna Maxwell Martin – South Riding
Vicky McClure – This Is England ’86
Natalie Press – Five Daughters
Juliet Stevenson – Accused

Again, a very difficult choice but I’d love to see Vicky McClure receive the award.

Supporting Actor

Brendan Coyle – Downton Abbey
Martin Freeman – Sherlock
Johnny Harris – This Is England ’86
Robert Sheehan – Misfits

Sheehan was a scene-stealer and will leave big shoes to fill when he departs Misfits, surely he deserves to pick something up before he goes.

Supporting Actress

Gillian Anderson – Any Human Heart
Lynda Baron – The Road to Coronation Street
Lauren Socha – Misfits
Jessie Wallace – The Road to Coronation Street

Perhaps I have my Misfits-shaped specs but, while Lauren Socha isn’t a million miles away from the character she plays, it’d be brilliant to see her get a BAFTA for her portrayal of Kelly, the chav with a heart of gold.

Entertainment Performance

Rob Brydon – The Rob Brydon Show
Stephen Fry – QI
Harry Hill – Harry Hill’s TV Burp
Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show

You know, I really like national treasure Stephen Fry, but I also really like Harry Hill. So, which one is better? There’s only one way to find out…

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

It’ll probably be Miranda Hart, it probably deserves to be Jo Brand, but I would like to see Katherine Parkinson finally get something for The IT Crowd.

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

James Buckley – The Inbetweeners
Steve Coogan – The Trip
Tom Hollander – Rev
David Mitchell – Peep Show

Think I’ll have to pass on this one, whoever wins, I’ll be happy…

Single Drama

Eric and Ernie
I Am Slave
The Road to Coronation Street
The Special Relationship

Eric and Ernie was wonderful, easily the best single drama I’ve seen over the last year.

Drama Series

Being Human
Downton Abbey

Another desperately difficult category, showing what a fantastic year it’s been for British drama. I’d give it to Being Human.

Drama Serial

Any Human Heart
Mad Dogs
The Sinking of the Laconia
The Promise

Great for Sky1 to have Mad Dogs in here, which was really enjoyable, entertaining stuff. But I think this’ll go to Any Human Heart.

Continuing Drama

Coronation Street
Waterloo Road

In its fiftieth year, it’s hard to look beyond Corrie.


Boardwalk Empire
The Killing
Mad Men

Danish crime thriller The Killing received all the critical acclaim and would be a deserved winner, but personally I found Boardwalk Empire .

Factual Series

One Born Every Minute
Welcome to Lagos
The Young Ones

Specialist Factual

Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art (The Making Of)
Flying Monsters 3D
Human Planet
Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town

Single Documentary

Between Life and Death
The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan
Pink Saris
Scenes From a Teenage Killing

I’ve got to put my hands up and admit that I’ve not seen enough of the documentaries. One Born Every Minute created a lot of buzz and it’ll be interesting to see whether David Attenborough can pick up the first Bafta for a 3D TV programme.


Come Dine With Me
Hugh’s Fish Fight
Mary Queen of Shops
Pineapple Dance Studios

All fluff, of course, but Come Dine With Me is top quality fluff.

News Coverage

BBC One Ten O’Clock News: Handover of Power
Channel 4 News: From Chile’s Ecstasy to Congo’s Agony
ITV News at Ten: The Cumbria Murders
Sky News: Egypt Crisis

Of course, with news, it doesn’t matter quite so much who wins. But Sky’s coverage of the events in Egypt was superb and deserves a nod.

Current Affairs

Kids in Care (Panorama)
Lost Girls of South Africa (Dispatches)
Secret Iraq
Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children

Likewise, these would all be worthy winners. Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children on BBC Four was a particularly moving and well-made documentary.


6 Nations – England v Wales
FA Cup Final: Chelsea v Portsmouth
Formula 1 – The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Wimbledon 2010

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Formula 1 win, ITV’s coverage was a frequent recipient of this award and the coverage has only improved at the BBC.

New Media

LabUK/Brain Test Britain
Malcolm Tucker: The Missing Phone
Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention

The Malcom Tucker iPhone app is great fun but its link with The Thick of It was through the publisher Faber and Faber, not the BBC. So perhaps it should go to Misfits for the brilliant use of social media to broaden the story out beyond the television episodes.

Entertainment Programme

The Cube
The Graham Norton Show
Have I Got News For You
The X Factor

I wouldn’t be surprised to see The X Factor win this. Not brilliant, but none of the nominees here are particularly inspiring.

Comedy Programme

Catherine Tate’s Little Cracker
Come Fly With Me
Harry and Paul

Another category where none of the nominees are especially inspiring. I wouldn’t be too surprised if Little Crackers gets a “shock” win for Sky.

Situation Comedy

Mrs Brown’s Boys
Peep Show
The Trip

Three strong contenders here, but I’d have to give it to Peep Show for an especially good seventh series, even by its high standards.


One response to “2011 Bafta nominees announced

  1. Can you please let me know if “The Road to Coronation Street’ will be aired again as I was on holiday when the original was shown and missed it. If not is it available to buy?


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