Julie Walters has received two nominations in the Leading Actress catergory at the Baftas. she has been shortlisted for her role as Mo Mowlam in the Channel 4 drama Mo, where she played the late Labour politician, as well as for her role in the BBC One production of A Short Stay in Switzerland, about a retired doctor who took her own life at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland.
Julie will be up against Helena Bonham Carter, nominated for her role in Enid, BBC One's drama about the children's author Enid Blyton and Sophie Okonedo for her portrayal of Winnie Mandela in Mrs Mandela, shown on BBC Four.
Other nominations for The Bafta Television Awards, include John Hurt, who is up for Leading Actor for his reprised role as Quentin Crisp in the drama An Englishman In New York (ITV1), 34 years after his Bafta win for playing Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant. Hurt is competing with Kenneth Branagh for Wallander (BBC One), Brendan Gleeson for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Into The Storm (BBC Two) and first-time nominee David Oyelowo for his performance in Small Island (BBC One).
Britain’s Got Talent could follow in the footsteps of its sister show The X Factor after being nominated for a Bafta award. Simon Cowell’s talent show is up for best Entertainment Programme, the category won by The X Factor last year. Ant and Dec, the multi award winning duo present the show, with judges Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden. The current series of Britain’s Got Talent has been attracting around 12 million viewers to its Saturday night shows - around half the viewing audience.
Britain’s Got Talent has been nominated once before, in 2008, when it was beaten by Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV 1), also nominated this year. The two shows face competition from Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (BBC Four) and The Graham Norton Show (BBC One), nominated for the first time.
The BBC sitcom The Thick Of It makes an impressive showing with three nominations; one for Rebecca Front as ineffectual MP Nicola Murray in the Female Performance in a Comedy Programme category, one for Peter Capaldi, who plays her character’s nemesis, the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker, in the Male Performance category, and one for Best Situation Comedy.
Rebecca Front is up against Jo Brand, Miranda Hart, and Joanna Scanlan. In addition, Peter Capaldi also faces challenges from Simon Bird, for his part in the Inbetweeners, Hugh Dennis for Outnumbered and David Mitchell for Peep Show.
Michael McIntyre received his first nomination for his Comedy Roadshow in the Entertainment category.
Overall, the BBC dominated the nominations with a total of 54 nods, compared to Channel 4’s 23 and ITV’s 12. Channel Five recieved no nominations. The awards will be presented by Graham Norton at a ceremony on June 6 at the London Palladium.