Burton and Taylor stars feature in TV BAFTA nominations

Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter’s portrayal of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor’s tempestuous relationship has been recognised with a BAFTA TV nomination.

Casualty, Coronation Street, EastEnders and Holby City will battle it out to be named best soap, while ITV’s hit Gogglebox is in the running for the reality and constructed factual award against The Big Reunion, Dragons’ Den and The Undateables. Gogglebox is also in the running for the Radio Times Audience Award, which is voted for by the public.

It faces competition from Breaking Bad, Broadchurch, Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor, Educating Yorkshire and The Great British Bake Off.

Dominic and Helena, who appeared in Burton and Taylor, a BBC drama based on the couple’s life, are in the running for the leading actor and actress awards at the annual event after nominations were announced today.

They face competition from stars including Jamie Dornan and Olivia Colman, who was one of the stars of last year’s awards.

Olivia, nominated for Broadchurch, is also up against Kerrie Hayes from The Mill and Maxine Peake from The Village for the leading actress award.

Jamie is nominated for his role as the twisted killer in BBC Two’s The Fall, alongside Luke Newberry from zombie thriller In The Flesh.

Channel 4 drama Southcliffe, about the aftermath of a series of shootings in a small town, triumphed with a leading actor nomination for Sean Harris and supporting actor and actress nods for fellow cast members Rory Kinnear and Shirley Henderson.

Southcliffe is also in the running in the mini-series category.

Broadchurch’s David Bradley is nominated for supporting actor, with Ripper Street’s Jerome Flynn and Nico Mirallegro from The Village completing the shortlist.

Shirley faces competition from Claire Rushbrook for My Mad Fat Diary in the supporting actress category with nods for on-screen sisters Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker from Last Tango In Halifax.

It is a tale of two shows in the tussle to be named best male performance in a comedy with The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade and Chris O’Dowd up against Matthew Baynton and James Corden from The Wrong Mans.

Veteran star Frances De La Tour’s role in Vicious sees her nominated for female performance in a comedy alongside The IT Crowd’s Katherine Parkinson, Doon MacKichan for Plebs and Kerry Howard for Him And Her: The Wedding.

The latter is also nominated in the situation comedy category along with Count Arthur Strong, Toast Of London and The IT Crowd.

Joining Southcliffe in the mini-series category are The Great Train Robbery, The Fall and In The Flesh.

The nominations for best single drama are Black Mirror: Be Right Back, Complicit, The Wipers Times and the Doctor Who anniversary drama An Adventure In Space And Time.

The event’s host, Graham Norton, is nominated for entertainment performance for his chat show and is up against Sarah Millican, Charlie Brooker and Geordie duo Ant and Dec.

The Graham Norton Show is also nominated in the comedy and comedy entertainment programme category along with A League of Their Own, Would I Lie To You? and last year’s winner The Revolution Will Be Televised.

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway is also nominated for entertainment programme alongside Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery, Dynamo Magician Impossible and Strictly Come Dancing.

French supernatural drama The Returned is up against Danish political thriller Borgen, cult US show Breaking Bad and the remake of House Of Cards for the international award.

Press Association