LONDON -- The BBC
1 costume drama Cranford
led the way with four mentions Tuesday morning as nominations were announced for the April 20 British Academy Television Awards.Cranford
, the ensemble costume drama about life in a rural English village, earned best actress nominations for Judi Dench
and Eileen Atkins
as well as noms for best drama serial and the Sky+ special award, which is voted on by the public. Other Sky+award nominees are comedy Gavin and Stacey
, Strictly Come Dancing
and Britain's Got Talent
Channel 4 is the most-nominated network with 23 mentions, BBC1 was second with 20 noms, ITV had 12, BBC2 earned 11 and the Five channel had one. Among the digital nets, arts channel BBC4 earned five noms, youth channel BBC3 took two and Channel 4 and E4 each received one.
Four first-time nominees make up the best actor category including stage and screen star Anthony Sher, who was recognized for Primo, the stage biopic of Hollocaust survivor and writer Primo Levi
. Also nominated are Andrew Garfield for Boy A, Tom Hardy for Stuart: A Life Backwards and Matthew Macfadyen
for Secret Life.
In the actress category, Dench and Atkins will vie alongside newcomer Kierston Wareing
for Channel 4's It's a Free World
and Gina McKee
for her role in BBC1 drama The Street
On the entertainment side, ITV1 hit Britain's Got Talent
goes head to head with BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing
, which has received its 3rd nomination, as well as comedian Harry Hill for Harry Hill's TV Burp
and Stephen Fry in celebrity panel show "QI."Burp
's Hill also was named in the performance category alongside first-time nominees Simon Amstell
for Never Mind the Buzzcocks
, Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins
for The Friday Night Project
and four-time performance nominee Stephen Fry for "QI."
In the international category, Family Guy
takes on My Name is Earl
Stephen Merchant and David Mitchell receive individual acclaim this year in the comedy performance category for Extras Christmas Special
and Peep Show respectively.