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TV BAFTA Nominations: Nods for London Spy, Transparent and Graham Norton

By Will Stroude

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The nominations for the 2016 TV BAFTAs have been announced this morning, with London Spy, Wolf Hall and This Is England ’90 leading the pack.

London Spy, the popular BBC drama following a gay man who seeks to discover the truth about his murdered spy boyfriend, is up for Best Mini-series, and Ben Whishaw is up for Best Actor. The show was well received when it began in January, and garnered some controversy over the explicit gay sex scenes in the first episode.


The Graham Norton Show is up against Stephen Fry’s QI for Best Entertainment Performance, and Graham is also in the running for Best Entertainment Programme, for his Adele at the BBC special.

Russell T. Davies’ landmark shows Cucumber, Banana, Tofu are marked with one nomination – Best Supporting Actor for Cyril Nri, a former Attitude cover star who played tragic Lance Sullivan in Cucumber.


He’s up against Sir Ian McKellen in that category, who dazzled as a Blitz-era wardrobe man in The Dresser, playing opposite Anthony Hopkins in the BBC adaptation.

There are also nominations for groundbreaking Amazon Prime show Transparent, Louis Theroux’s documentary Transgender Kids, and Sheridan Smith’s performance as a real life cancer patient in The C-Word.


The BAFTA TV Awards take place on May 8.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

Best Actor
Ben Whishaw, London Spy
Idris Elba, Luther
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Best Actress
Sheridan Smith, The C-Word
Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster
Claire Foy, Wolf Hall
Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Best Supporting Actor
Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall
Cyril Nri, Cucumber
Ian McKellen, The Dresser
Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Best Supporting Actress
Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90
Eleanor Worthington-Cox, The Enfield Hanting
Lesley Manville, River
Michelle Gomez, Doctor Who

Best Mini-series
Doctor Foster
The Enfield Haunting
London Spy
This is England ’90

Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme
Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe
Have I Got News for You
Would I Lie to You

Best Entertainment Programme
Adele at the BBC
Britain’s Got Talent
Strictly Come Dancing
TFI Friday Anniversary Special

Best Entertainment Performance
Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show
Leigh Francis, Celebrity Juice
Romesh Ronganathan, Asian Provocateur
Stephen Fry, QI

Best Reality & Constructed Factual
First Dates
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
The Secret Life of Five Year Olds

Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme
Michaela Coel, Chewing Gum
Miranda Hart, Miranda
Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe
Sian Gibson, Peter Kay’s Car Share

Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme
Hugh Bonneville, W1A
Peter Kay, Peter Kay’s Car Share
Toby Jones, The Detectorists
Javone Prince, The Javone Prince Show

Best International Programme
The Good Wife

Best Drama Series
The Last Panthers
No Offence
Wolf Hall

Best Single Drama
The C-Word
Don’t Take My Baby
The Go-Between

Best Soap & Continuing Drama
Coronation Street
Holby City

Best Factual Series 
The Detectives
Great Ormond Street
The Murder Detectives
The Tribe

Best Feature
Back in Time for Dinner
The Great British Bake Off
Kevin McCloud: Escape to the Wild
Travel Man

Best Single Documentary
Bitter Lake
Life After Suicide
Louis Theroux: Transgender Kids
My Son the Jihadi

Best Specialist Factual
Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners
Grayson Perry’s Dream House
The Hunt
Rudolf Nureyev – Dance to Freedom

News Coverage
BBC News at Six: Paris Attacks Special
Channel 4 News: Paris Massacre
ITV News at Ten: Refugee Crisis
Sky News: From Turkey to Greece

Best Current Affairs Coverage
Children of the Gaza War
Escape from Isis (Dispatches)
Jihad: A British Story
Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola (This World)

Best Scripted Comedy
Chewing Gum
Peep Show
People Just do Nothing
Peter Kay’s Car Share

The Ashes
The Grand National
MOTD Live: FA Cup Final
Six Nations – Final Day

Live Event
Big Blue Live
The Sound of Music Live!
Stargazing Live: Brit in Space, Tim Peake Special
The Vote

Radio Times Audience Award
The Great British Bake Off
Making a Murderer
Doctor Foster
Peter Kay’s Car Share


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