There were surprises a plenty today as nominations were announced for this year's British and Film Television Awards. While former TV winner The Thick of It received the most nominations--including two for its leading actors--popular shows such of Doctor Who and Glee were omitted altogether.
Doctor Who, which is often included in the best drama section, received no recognition this year, due in part to the fact its only entries came in the form of several one-offs as part of David Tennant’s long farewell. Instead, Being Human, Misfits, Spooks and The Street compiled the catalogue of best drama series. Previously the popular sci-fi show has won three awards, the most recent for editing in 2009.
In the international category--where nominations were awarded to Family Guy, Mad Men, Nurse Jackie and True Blood--many fans, including ourselves, had assumed Golden Globe winning Glee would also be a shoo-in for a nod. Alas, it too missed out.
Making the grade, however, is The Thick of It which is (again) up for best situation comedy--it faces stiff competition from previous nominees Peep Show and The Inbetweeners. Peter Capaldi and Rebecca Front, meanwhile, have also received nods for their roles as the fearsome Malcom Tucker and hapless Nicola Murray respectively in Armando Ianucci’s razor-sharp political comedy.
Oscar-winner Julie Walters is another big nominee winner: she's up for two BAFTAs in the leading actress category--for Mo and A Short Stay in Switzerland. Both shows are also pitted against one another in the single drama section.
Britain's Got Talent received its first ever BAFTA nomination, for best entertainment programme alongside The Graham Norton Show, Harry Hill's TV Burp and Newswpie with Charlie Brooker. The X Factor, which won that category last year, missed being nominated completely.