Bafta awards: Bad Sisters, Derry Girls and Cillian Murphy among nominees
Sharon Horgan’s Bad Sisters has been nominated for five Bafta TV awards with multiple other Irish nominees on the list.
Horgan, Siobhán McSweeney, Cillian Murphy, Graham Norton, and Fiona Shaw are all among the nominees for the prestigious awards.
Bad Sisters is nominated for Drama Series, Supporting Actress for Anne-Marie Duff and Director: Fiction for Dearbhla Walsh
Peaky Blinders star, Murphy will be competing in the Leading Actor category, the Irish actor’s nomination marks his work portraying criminal gangster Thomas Shelby in the BBC1’s hit drama, Peaky Blinders.
His only previous nomination from BAFTA was for the Rising Star prize at the 2007 Film Awards.
Murphy is joined in the Leading Actor category by big names such as Gary Oldman, Martin Freeman and Taron Egerton.
Hit comedy series, Derry Girls has been nominated in the Scripted Comedy category. The show is written by Lisa McGee. McSweeney is nominated for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme.
The Channel 4 show will go up against Am I Being Unreasonable, Big Boys and Ghosts.
The Dry creator Nancy Harris also received a nomination in the comedy writer category.
BBC series This Is Going to Hurt and The Responder lead the nominations at the Bafta television and craft awards with six each.
The broadcaster was the clear leader ahead of the ceremony in April with a total of 81 nominations across both TV and craft categories, while Channel 4 was second with 33, Netflix has 24 and ITV 19.
Dark medical comedy This Is Going To Hurt, based on the best-selling book of the same name by Adam Kay, has among its nominations Ben Whishaw for leading actor and a nod for best mini-series.
Whishaw, who stars as Adam, will go up against Murphy for Peaky Blinders, Oldman for Slow Horses, Egerton for Black Bird, Chaske Spencer for The English and Martin Freeman for The Responder.
Liverpool-set thriller The Responder’s nominations also include supporting actor for Josh Finan, supporting actress for Adelayo Adedayo and drama series.
The series follows Freeman’s character Chris across six night shifts as an urgent response police officer and won plaudits for its gritty style and narrative.
Bad Sisters, The Crown, The English and Slow Horses received five nominations each.
The Crown’s nominations include leading actress for Imelda Staunton playing the Queen and supporting actor for Salim Daw as Mohamed Al-Fayed.
Staunton will battle it out for leading actress with Kate Winslet for I Am Ruth, Billie Piper for I Hate Suzie Too, Maxine Peake for Anne, Sarah Lancashire for Julia and Vicky McClure for Without Sin.
Channel 4’s strong showing – including nods for its reboot of Friday Night Live, Derry Girls and Taskmaster – comes after the Government’s plans to sell the broadcaster were scrapped.
Good Morning Britain on ITV secured a nomination in the news coverage category for presenter Susanna Reid’s interview with Boris Johnson.
Claudia Winkleman received an entertainment performance nomination as host of BBC’s One hit mystery show The Traitors, with the programme also recognised in the reality and constructed factual category, alongside Freddie Flintoff’s Field Of Dreams on the same channel.
The nominations also highlighted the role the TV sector played in the Queen’s state funeral with the BBC receiving nods in the live event and director: multi-camera categories for its coverage.
Harry Potter star Radcliffe secured his first Bafta TV nomination, in the male performance in a comedy programme category, for his portrayal of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, the US singer known for his musical parodies, in the Roku biopic, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.
A special episode of The Repair Shop, which saw host Jay Blades meet the King before his accession to the trone, was tapped for a daytime award.
Notable snubs included the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix series Harry & Meghan and queer coming-of-age drama Heartstopper, which also aired on the streaming giant.
Jane Millichip, chief executive of Bafta, said: “Huge congratulations to all our nominees.
“Today a record number of entries in television and craft resulted in 128 nominations, demonstrating fantastic strength and depth in programming and talent in 2022.
“We are also delighted to launch a brilliant new TV awards partnership with P&O Cruises, who will not only be our partners on this extraordinary celebration of creative excellence, they will also be providing valuable support for our remit as a leading arts charity.”
Sara Putt, deputy chair of Bafta and chair of Bafta’s Television Committee, said: “These nominations reflect some of those changes we are seeing today, and will continue to see in the future.
“The Bafta Elevate and Bafta Breakthrough talent schemes have also supported a number of first-time nominees across categories – so if you haven’t seen some of these nominated programmes, do watch them.”
This year’s Bafta TV ceremony will be hosted by comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan on May 14.
The Bafta Television Craft Awards will take place on April 23.