A Soap Award is commendable, an NTA even more so, but the one accolade every British show and star aspires to is a that of a TV BAFTA. Get one of those gongs in your trophy cabinet and you know you’re respected in the industry. Sir Trevor McDonald is evidence of this; he's already been announced as the winner of this year's most sought-after Fellowship Award, which honours lifetime achievement. But who else is vying for the titles this year? And who should win? Here’s a list of the key 2011 nominations, and our predictions ahead of this Sunday’s ceremony (which you can watch live from 8pm on BBC1)...
BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Jim Broadbent | Daniel Rigby | Benedict Cumberbatch | Matt Smith
There’s a lot of attention on this category, in which Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is up against Doctor Who lead Matt Smith. Both actors are popular with fans, but they’ve got stiff competition from previous BAFTA winner Jim Broadbent (Any Human Heart) and Eric and Ernie’s Daniel Rigby.
Our prediction? Benedict Cumberbatch.
BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Anna Maxwell Martin | Juliet Stevenson | Vicky McClure | Natalie Press
The safe choice here would be South Riding’s Anna Maxwell Martin who’s already got two Drama Actress BAFTAs (for Bleak House in 2006 and Poppy Shakespeare in 2009). Juliet Stevenson (Accused) has been nominated three times before without success, while this is the first time for Vicky McClure (This is England ‘86) and Natalie Press (Five Daughters). You don’t win BAFTAs on the size of your trophy collection, however, and if you base their chances on the quality of their performance--as you should--the gong could go to any of them!
Our prediction? Natalie Press.
BEST DRAMA SERIES
Being Human | Misfits | Sherlock | Downton Abbey
ITV has produced some boring series in its time, but Downton Abbey is not one of them. Fans and critics love the period drama, which stars Hugh Bonneville and Maggie Smith. But that doesn’t mean it’ll win this award; the category is particularly strong this year. Competing detective drama Sherlock has also gained great acclaim, while the most recent series of Being Human and Misfits have been utterly fantastic.
Our prediction? Being Human
BEST DRAMA SERIAL
Any Human Heart | Mad Dogs | The Promise | The Sinking of the Laconia
Four of Peter Kosminksy’s previous dramas have already won BAFTAs: could he do it again with Israel/Palestine serial The Promise? Not if holiday thriller Mad Dogs, adaptation Any Human Heart or World War II show The Sinking of Laconia have anything to do with it.
Our prediction? Any Human Heart
BEST COMEDY ACTOR
Steve Coogan | Tom Hollander | David Mitchell | James Buckley
David Mitchell has been nomintated for his role as Mark Corrigan in Peep Show before, winning the Comedy Actor BAFTA in 2009. Steve Coogan (The Trip) and Tom Hollander (Rev) have also received nominations in the past, but not for the shows that gained them nods this time. This is the first nomination for James Buckley, however. He’s been picked for his role as Jay in The Inbetweeners.
Our prediction? James Buckley
BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
Jo Brand | Katherine Parkinson | Miranda Hart | Dawn French
While Roger and Val wasn’t greatly received by fans, it has gained popular comedian Dawn French a BAFTA nomination this year. Jo Brand, meanwhile, has been given a nod for her part in dark comedy Getting On. Sitcom Miranda, which was recently moved from BBC Two to BBC One, scored Miranda Hart a nod, while Katherine Parkinson is again up for her role in The IT Crowd.
Our prediction? Jo Brand
Rev | Mrs Brown’s Boys | Peep Show | The Trip
Odds are a BBC show is going to win this one: The Trip, Rev and Mrs Brown’s Boys all air on one of the broadcaster's channels. That said, Peep Show has proved successful for Channel 4 in the past.
Our prediction? Rev
BEST INTERNATIONAL SERIES
Glee | The Killing | Mad Men | Boardwalk Empire
American series Mad Men bagged this award last year, can it do it again? Musical drama Glee was beaten by The Inbetweeners in the Audience Award last year, so that probably won’t prove much competition. The Killing and Boardwalk Empire, however, have gone down incredibly well with critics.
Our prediction? The Killing
Sherlock | Miranda | My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding | The Killing | Downton Abbey | The Only Way is Essex
Never thought you’d see The Only Way is Essex nominated for a BAFTA? Us neither! This is the only category voted on by the audience (hence the name) so it could even win! There are more shows nominated in this category than any other, and it’s far more varied than any other category, so it’s difficult to predict which could actually reign victorious.
Our prediction? Sherlock
What are your predictions ahead of this weekend's BAFTAs?