Jonathan Ross, June Brown get Bafta TV nods

Jonathan Ross has been nominated for a Bafta television award for his controversial chat show.

The 48-year-old, who was taken off the airwaves for 12 weeks last year for his part in the Andrew Sachs radio phone-in scandal, was named in the entertainment performance category.

Biographical drama Hancock And Joan, about the final year of troubled comedian Tony Hancock’s life, received three nominations, including Ken Stott for best actor.

June Brown, who plays Dot Cotton in EastEnders, was nominated for best actress for her ground-breaking solo episode of the soap – her first Bafta nomination.

It comes nearly half a century after she made her television debut in 1960 and more than 20 years since the last soap actress earned a best actress nomination.

Coronation Street’s Jean Alexander, who played Hilda Ogden, was named in the category in 1987.

Also up for best actress are Anna Maxwell Martin for Poppy Shakespeare, Maxine Peake for Hancock And Joan and Andrea Riseborough for Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk To Finchley.

In the Entertainment Performance category, Ross’s Friday Night With Jonathan Ross show is up against Stephen Fry for QI, Harry Hill for Harry Hill’s TV Burp, and Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly for I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.

There was no nomination for Coronation Street nor last year’s winner Holby City in the keenly contested Continuing Drama category. Instead, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Casualty and The Bill will contest the award.

Doctor Who, Shameless, Spooks and Wallander are the nominees for Drama Series.

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