Saturday 21 April 2018

Netflix competes against BBC shows for TV Baftas

Two of its shows, The Crown and Black Mirror, have three nominations each.

The Crown stars Matt Smith and Claire Foy (Ian West/PA)
The Crown stars Matt Smith and Claire Foy (Ian West/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

US broadcasting giant Netflix has demonstrated its power with several nods at the TV Baftas.

Two of its shows, royal drama The Crown and sci-fi series Black Mirror, have three nominations each.

BBC shows Line Of Duty and Three Girls, a drama based on the true stories of victims of grooming and sexual abuse in Rochdale, also have three each.

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Three Girls (Ewen Spencer/BBC)

The Crown is up for best drama series, leading actress (Claire Foy) and supporting actress (Vanessa Kirby).

Black Mirror is in the running for leading actor (Joe Cole), single drama and supporting actor (Jimmi Simpson) for different episodes.

Line Of Duty is up for drama series, as well as leading actress (Thandie Newton) and supporting actor (Adrian Dunbar) and it also has a nod in the Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment category, which can be voted for by viewers.

Three Girls’ nominations include Molly Windsor for leading actress, mini-series and supporting actress (Liv Hill).

Netflix has received the same number of nominations as last year, with six for the TV awards.

It received 12 nominations for the previously announced TV Craft awards, one more than last year.

BBC Director-General Tony Hall has warned that British programmes are under threat amid the rise of global competitors who he accused of having a “damaging impact on UK distinctiveness, risk-taking and innovation”.

Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror previously aired on Channel 4 before the show was snapped up by Netflix.

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