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Miranda Hart leads nominees for British Comedy Awards

12 December 2011 12:43 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Star of sitcom Miranda on course to repeat last year's success with four nominations

Miranda Hart could repeat her triumph of last year after being nominated for four gongs at the British Comedy Awards.

Hart, who picked up three awards last year, is in the running for best female television comic and best TV comedy actress.

Her hit show, Miranda, is nominated for best sitcom and she is again in the running for the people's choice award.

Also up for the award, voted for by viewers, are David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Jack Whitehall, Jo Brand and Sarah Millican.

There are four nominations for Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner, including best new comedy programme and best sitcom.

Two of the stars of the show, Tamsin Greig and Tom Rosenthal, are nominated for best TV comedy actress and best comedy breakthrough artist respectively.

Other nominees include Harry Hill, who gets three nods, »

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TV highlights 05/08/2011

4 August 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Superheroes of Suburbia | Someone's Daughter, Someone's Son | BBC Proms 2011: Human Planet Prom | America's Got Talent | Big Love | Alan Carr: Chatty Man | The Rob Brydon Show

Superheroes of Suburbia

7.35pm, Channel 4

It's doubtful that Lois Lane or Mary Jane ever waved off Superman or Spider-Man with the words "Bye, be safe, don't do anything I wouldn't do", as wife Julie does for her husband The Dark Spartan, aka 27-year-old Will from Torquay. Like the others in this fabulously quirky documentary, Will takes his costumed superhero duties entirely seriously – despite the fact that he has yet to stop any crime. There is darkness and melancholy here, rumbling quietly below the surface, but it never threatens to unbalance Christian Watt's funny, original and very English film. Superb. Ali Catterall

Someone's Daughter, Someone's Son

9pm, ITV1

Just because a documentary is hard-hitting (such as the fly-on-the wall Strangeways earlier this year »

- Ali Catterall, John Robinson, Andrew Mueller, Sian Rowe, Phelim O'Neill

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TV highlights 29/07/11: BBC Proms 2011 | Robot Soldiers | The Good Cook | 419: The Internet Romance Scam | The Rob Brydon Show | Dexter

29 July 2011 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC Proms 2011 | Robot Soldiers | The Good Cook | 419: The Internet Romance Scam | The Rob Brydon Show | Dexter

BBC Proms 2011, 7.30pm, BBC4

Chiming nicely with the exhibition of Hungarian photography showing at the Royal Academy, conductor Vladimir Jurowski presents three different facets of Hungarian music as performed by the London Philharmonic. Liszt's Faust Symphony is the main event but also on the bill are Kodály's Galanta Dances and Bartók's First Piano Concerto. Both Kodály and Bartók helped reinfuse and reconfigure 20th-century classical music by drawing on Hungary's folk traditions, which lend their compositions an angular, rhythmical effervescence that is both challenging and joyful. David Stubbs

Robot Soldiers, 9pm, National Geographic

Science fiction has always been fascinated by the concept of the machine-enhanced human, from The Six Million Dollar Man to RoboCop to popular Japanese anime Mobile Suit Gundam. Robot Soldiers shows the cyborg fantasy coming ever closer to reality via the »

- David Stubbs, Sam Richards, Jonathan Wright, Ben Arnold, Phelim O'Neill

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'Rob Brydon Show' pips Alan Carr's 'Chatty Man'

24 July 2011 1:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Rob Brydon's talkshow was more popular than Alan Carr's on Friday night, but could not match its first series opener, according to the latest overnight data. BBC Two's The Rob Brydon Show premiered with 1.61m (8.3%) between 10pm and 10.30pm, clashing with Alan Carr: Chatty Man which averaged 1.4m (7%) between 9.30pm and 10.30pm (+1: 229k). BBC One's My Family rallied to 3.99m (19.1%) at 9pm, after which another repeat of Miranda fetched 3.75m (18%). The One Show also improved to 3.09m (16.5%) at 7pm, before 2.66m (13.4%) chose The Good Cook at 7.30pm and A Question of Sport quizzed 2.62m (11.8%) at 8.30pm. Over on BBC Two, coverage of the Rhs Flower Show interested 1.81m (8.5%) at 8pm, then Gardeners' World (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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'Rob Brydon Show' pips Carr's 'Chatty Man'

24 July 2011 1:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Rob Brydon's talkshow was more popular than Alan Carr's on Friday night, but could not match its first series opener, according to the latest overnight data. BBC Two's The Rob Brydon Show premiered with 1.61m (8.3%) between 10pm and 10.30pm, clashing with Alan Carr: Chatty Man which averaged 1.4m (7%) between 9.30pm and 10.30pm (+1: 229k). BBC One's My Family rallied to 3.99m (19.1%) at 9pm, after which another repeat of Miranda fetched 3.75m (18%). The One Show also improved to 3.09m (16.5%) at 7pm, before 2.66m (13.4%) chose The Good Cook at 7.30pm and A Question of Sport quizzed 2.62m (11.8%) at 8.30pm. Over on BBC Two, coverage of the Rhs Flower Show interested 1.81m (8.5%) at 8pm, then Gardeners' World (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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TV highlights 22/07/2011: The Good Cook | The Only Gay On The Estate? | Futurama | The Rob Brydon Show | Camp Orange | Ozzy Osbourne: Thirty Years After The Blizzard

21 July 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Good Cook | The Only Gay On The Estate? | Futurama | The Rob Brydon Show | Camp Orange | Ozzy Osbourne: Thirty Years After The Blizzard

The Good Cook

7.25pm, BBC1

Cooking "restaurant-standard food from the comfort of your own home" might sound appealing to anyone whose idea of a good time is human-high stacks of washing up and a belief that Carluccio's can definitely do it better than you. But for those drunk on their own culinary hubris, the producer's chummy sell will leave you feeling short-changed. Thankfully, Simon Hopkinson's approach is much more appealing: flat patter, five no-nonsense recipes in 30 minutes (tonight's dishes include roasted peppers, steak and chips and grilled aubergines), and lots of real food love. Nosheen Iqbal

The Only Gay On The Estate?

7.30pm, Channel 4

A personal meditation on smalltown sexual frustration, Michael Ogden's bold documentary is only let down by Channel 4's penchant for an attention-grabbing title. »

- Nosheen Iqbal, Phelim O'Neill, Ali Catterall, John Robinson, Richard Vine

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BAFTA TV Awards 2011: The winners in full

22 May 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Digital Spy presents the full list of winners from the 2011 Philips British Academy Television Awards. > 'Towie', 'EastEnders', 'Sherlock' win BAFTAs

BAFTA TV Awards 2011: Reaction

> BAFTA TV Awards 2011: The winners in pictures

> BAFTA TV Awards 2011: Red carpet pictures

> Read our full coverage of the BAFTAs Drama Series

Being Human (BBC Three)

Downton Abbey (ITV1)

Misfits (E4)

Sherlock (BBC One) - Winner! Entertainment Performance

Rob Brydon - The Rob Brydon Show (BBC Two)

Stephen Fry - Qi (BBC One)

Harry Hill - Harry Hill's TV Burp (ITV1)

Graham Norton - The Graham Norton Show (BBC One) - Winner! Specialist Factual

Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art (The Making Of) (More4)

Flying Monsters 3D (Sky3D) - Winner!

Human Planet (BBC One)

Pompeii: Life (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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BAFTA TV Awards 2011: The winners

22 May 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Digital Spy presents the full list of winners from the 2011 Philips British Academy Television Awards. Drama Series

Being Human (BBC Three)

Downton Abbey (ITV1)

Misfits (E4)

Sherlock (BBC One) - Winner! Entertainment Performance

Rob Brydon - The Rob Brydon Show (BBC Two)

Stephen Fry - Qi (BBC One)

Harry Hill - Harry Hill's TV Burp (ITV1)

Graham Norton - The Graham Norton Show (BBC One) - Winner! Specialist Factual

Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art (The Making Of) (More4)

Flying Monsters 3D (Sky3D) - Winner!

Human Planet (BBC One)

Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town (BBC Two) Supporting Actress

Gillian Anderson - Any Human Heart (Channel 4)

Lynda Baron - The Road To Coronation Street (BBC Four)

Lauren Socha - Misfits (E4) - Winner!

Jessie Wallace (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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Baftas battle between Doctor Who and Sherlock

26 April 2011 5:16 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC1 dramas go head to head for best actor award, while E4's Misfits picks up four nominations

They are both renowned for their ability to solve riddles and tendency to confound their companions, but only one of them does it with the help of a sonic screwdriver. Now Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who will go head to head at next month's Bafta television awards after the stars of both BBC1 dramas were nominated for the prestigious best actor prize.

Matt Smith, whose return as the Doctor was watched by 6.5 million on Saturday, will do battle with Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of BBC1's modern retelling of the Sherlock Holmes story. Doctor Who has previously been named best drama by Bafta, but nearly 50 years after it first appeared on screen it has never before received a nomination for its lead actor.

The nominations were a double reward for Steven Moffat, »

- John Plunkett

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Broadbent & Smith Battling It Out For Top TV BAFTA

26 April 2011 5:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Harry Potter star Jim Broadbent and Doctor Who actor Matt Smith are among the stars who will fight it out for the top honour at the upcoming British Academy (BAFTA) Television Awards.

Broadbent has been tipped in the Leading Actor category for his role in Any Human Heart, while Smith has received a nomination for his portrayal of the Time Lord. They face competition from Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie).

Hit musical series Glee will go up against Boardwalk Empire, The Killing and Mad Men for International Series, while Being Human, Downton Abbey, Misfits and Sherlock are all named in the Drama Series category.

Others hoping for gold at the upcoming London ceremony include funnyman Stephen Fry, whose quiz show Qi is nominated along with The Rob Brydon Show, Harry Hill’s TV Burp and The Graham Norton Show for the Entertainment Performance prize.

Simon Cowell's The X Factor has a nod for top Entertainment Programme and will compete against action game show The Cube, The Graham Norton Show and panel quiz series Have I Got News For You.

The prizegiving will take place on 22 May. »

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Bafta TV awards 2011: nominations in full

26 April 2011 4:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

All the shortlists for the awards ceremony, to be held in London on 22 May

Leading actor

Jim BroadbentAny Human Heart (Channel 4)

Benedict CumberbatchSherlock (BBC1)

Daniel RigbyEric and Ernie (BBC4)

Matt SmithDoctor Who (BBC1)

Leading actress

Anna Maxwell MartinSouth Riding (BBC1)

Vicky McClureThis Is England '86 (Channel 4)

Natalie PressFive Daughters (BBC1)

Juliet StevensonAccused (BBC1)

Supporting actor

Brendan CoyleDownton Abbey (ITV1)

Martin FreemanSherlock (BBC1)

Johnny HarrisThis Is England '86 (Channel 4)

Robert SheehanMisfits (E4)

Supporting actress

Gillian AndersonAny Human Heart (Channel 4)

Lynda BaronThe Road to Coronation Street (BBC4)

Lauren SochaMisfits (E4)

Jessie WallaceThe Road to Coronation Street (BBC4)

Entertainment performance

Rob BrydonThe Rob Brydon Show (BBC2)

Stephen FryQi (BBC1)

Harry HillHarry Hill's TV Burp (ITV1)

Graham NortonThe Graham Norton Show (BBC1)

Female performance in a comedy programme

Jo Brand »

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