The nominees for the BAFTA TV Awards were announced today and it’s a mixed bag, with some massively deserving contenders making the cut, while there are some, shall we say, less deserving. Anyway, here is my reaction for each major category.
Leading Actor: It will hopefully be between Toby Jones and Jason Watkins, both great British character-actors who had a big break this year and delivered. I fancy Jones to win as he was the only true bright spark of Marvellous. Benedict Cumberbatch’s nomination is an odd one as Sherlock hasn’t been on TV in about 15 months, he is probably reliant on his A-list status. James Nesbitt is also a worthy nominee, but I would have liked to have seen David Threlfall replace Cumberbatch.
Leading Actress: I think that it’s pretty much sewn up that Sheridan Smith will win for her wonderful performance in Cilla, but I’m pleased that Campbell, Hawes and Lancashire have been recognised.
Entertainment Performance: This category is pretty poor and I especially hope that Graham Norton wins as he is the one with the best show, something that he actually performs in. Ant and Dec will probably win as they always do, despite them being massively overrated. Claudia Winkleman’s inclusion is odd, but it’s better to see her here than Tess Daly. Leigh Francis is the worst, least talented person ever and should be nowhere the BAFTAs.
Female Performance in a Comedy Programme: As she was snubbed in the leading actress category, Olivia Colman will win in a poor category. It’s good to see a mention for Episodes as Tamsin Grieg gets deserved recognition. I’m pleased for Hynes but is Catherine Tate in Catherine Tate’s Nan really the height of comedy?
Male Performance in a Comedy Series: It’s disappointing not to see Mackenzie Crook or Toby Jones for Detectorists here or James Corden or Mathew Baynton for The Wrong Mans. However some contenders are quite strong, with Tom Hollander probably winning for Rev. It’s good to see Hugh Bonneville recognised for his comedic talents as well as Matt Berry for Toast of London. How Brendan O’Carroll got in I will never know *sigh*.