The 2016 British Academy Television Awards Nominations
The 2016 British Academy Television Awards nominations are in and some great BBC programmes have been recognised. The full nomination list can be found here and a blog piece here, but I can’t let the opportunity slip to mention a few: Wolf Hall (Playground Entertainment, Company Pictures and BBC Two) received a plethora of nominations including best leading actor, leading actress and supporting actor for Mark Rylance, Claire Foy and Anton Lesser respectively, as well as best drama series. Hit BBC drama Doctor Foster (from Drama Republic and BBC One) is nominated for best drama series and Suranne Jones for leading actress. A BBC clean sweep of the best leading actress nominations features Ruth Madeley for Don’t Take My Baby and Sheridan Smith for the C-Word, with both programmes up for the single drama award, as is The Go-Between (Left Bank Pictures and BBC One). London Spy (Working Title and BBC Two) is up for best drama series and Ben Whishaw for leading actor for his portrayal of Danny.
BBC iPlayer and Goodnight Vienna Productions get a significant nod with Peter Kay’s Car Share nominated for no fewer than four awards, including best scripted comedy and both the best female and best male performance in a comedy programme for Sian Gibson and Peter Kay respectively. Other nominations for best performance in a comedy programme include Miranda Hart for Miranda, Hugh Bonneville for W1A, Javone Prince for The Javone Prince Show and Toby Jones for The Detectorists. There is also a strong BBC showing in the factual and documentary categories, with The Hunt (Silverback Films and BBC One), Rudolf Nureyev – Dance to Freedom (IWC and BBC Two), The Detectives (Minnow Films and BBC Two) and Great Ormond Street (Films of Record and BBC Two) to name just four.