Perhaps the most difficult award nominations to predict, the British Academy Television Awards nominations are to be announced this Wednesday, so I thought I’d have a stab at predicting the major categories. With no precursors, or pre-nominations press coverage, it is quite difficult, but I’ll give it a go, and see how wrong I’ll be come Wednesday morning. Right now, I’d probably take 50% accuracy, but we’ll see. By the way, I’m doing this earlier than I anticipated so I could predict the nominees for the Radio Times Audience Award, which is announced a couple of days prior to the nominations.
Best Drama Series: Humans, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Poldark, Wolf Hall.
Best Situation Comedy: Catastrophe, Detectorists, Peep Show, Peter Kay’s Car Share.
Best Single Drama: An Inspector Calls, The C Word, The Dresser, A Song for Jenny.
Best Mini-Series: Capital, Doctor Foster, London Spy, This is England ’90.
Best Leading Actor: Anthony Hopkins- The Dresser, Ian McKellen- The Dresser, Mark Rylance- Wolf Hall, Ben Whishaw- London Spy.
Best Leading Actress: Suranne Jones- Doctor Foster, Vicky McClure- This is England ’90, Sheridan Smith- The C Word, Emily Watson- A Song for Jenny.
Best Supporting Actor: Jim Broadbent- London Spy, Tom Courtenay- Unforgotten, Damian Lewis- Wolf Hall, Jonathan Pryce- Wolf Hall.
Best Supporting Actress: Claire Foy- Wolf Hall, Charlotte Rampling- London Spy, Miranda Richardson- An Inspector Calls, Julie Walters- Indian Summers.
Best Male Comedy Performance: Hugh Bonneville- W1A, Peter Kay- Peter Kay’s Car Share, David Mitchell- Peep Show, Robert Webb- Peep Show.
Best Female Comedy Performance: Tamsin Grieg- Episodes, Miranda Hart- Miranda, Jessica Hynes- W1A, Rebecca Root- Boy Meets Girl.
Best Entertainment Performance: Leigh Francis- Celebrity Juice, Adam Hills- The Last Leg, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly- Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Graham Norton- The Graham Norton Show.
Best Soap and Continuing Drama: Casualty, Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale.
Best International Programme: Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Transparent.
Best Entertainment Programme: Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Britain’s Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing, The Voice.
Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme: Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe, The Graham Norton Show, Room 101, Would I Lie to You?.
Radio Times Audience Award: Doctor Who, EastEnders, The Great British Bake Off, Luther, Poldark, Strictly Come Dancing, Wolf Hall.
The nominees for the 2016 British Academy Television Awards will be announced by Dermot O’Leady and Georgina Campbell on Wednesday 30th March 2016. You can watch the announcement live on https://www.facebook.com/bafta/.