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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Another desperately difficult category, showing what a fantastic year it’s been for British drama. I’d give it to Being Human.
Any Human Heart
The Sinking of the Laconia
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.
In its fiftieth year, it’s hard to look beyond Corrie.
Danish crime thriller The Killing received all the critical acclaim and would be a deserved winner, but personally I found Boardwalk Empire .
One Born Every Minute
Welcome to Lagos
The Young Ones
Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art (The Making Of)
Flying Monsters 3D
Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town
Between Life and Death
The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan
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.
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.
Kids in Care (Panorama)
Lost Girls of South Africa (Dispatches)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mrs Brown’s Boys
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.