The Bafta television nominations are out and while the great and the good of TV land celebrate recognition of the highest order, there are a few noteable omissions from this year’s shortlist.
Despite Broadchurch picking up three nominations for Olivia Colman (best actress), David Bradley (best supporting actor) and the Radio Times Audience Award (which you can vote for here), David Tennant’s name is missing from the list.
While his performance as troubled DI Alec Hardy earned praise from critics, it was drowned out by the wave of acclaim heaped on his co-star, and this year’s Bafta panel saw fit to promote Jamie Dornan (The Fall), Sean Harris (Southcliffe), Luke Newberry (In The Flesh) and Dominic West (Burton & Taylor) over Tennant’s brooding crimesolver.
Another noticeable absentee in the lead acting categories is fellow detective Gillian Anderson who finds herself sans nomination, unlike her breakout co-star Dornan. A big hit for BBC2, The Fall is also up for best mini-series but its flawed heroine is a mysterious omission from the shortlist, and like Tennant, has already prompted plenty of outrage on Twitter from baffled fans.
Best drama boasts some strong contenders – Broadchurch, Top of the Lake, My Mad Fat Diary and The Village – but fans of period Birmingham gang series Peaky Blinders will be disappointed to see Cillian Murphy and co absent from all nominations.
And over in the comedy categories, Greg Davies’ hilarious Man Down was squeezed out of best situation comedy by Toast of London, The IT Crowd, Him & Her: The Wedding and Count Arthur Strong. The latter’s creator and star, Steve Delaney, was also a curious omission from male performance in a comedy, with Bafta instead choosing to reward The Wrong Mans and The IT Crowd with two nominees each (James Corden and Mat Baynton, joined by Chris O’Dowd and Richard Ayoade).
Last year’s Radio Times Audience Award recipient, Game of Thrones, is missing from best international programme, as is Top of the Lake and the category’s 2013 winner Girls, but the shortlist is still strong, with Borgen, Breaking Bad, The Returned and Netflix original series House of Cards all in contention.
In the soap and continuing drama category, Emmerdale was overlooked for Holby City and Casualty, despite its ambitious siege episodes and filming at Pinewood Studios during the last year.
Over in entertainment, last year’s shock winner Made in Chelsea has been snubbed for reality and constructed factual, in favour of The Big Reunion, Dragons’ Den, The Undateables and show of the moment Gogglebox. Also passed over are the most recent series of Celebrity Big Brother (hailed by many as the best in years) and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Meanwhile, last year’s winner Alan Carr is a surprise omission from best entertainment performance with Ant and Dec, Charlie Brooker, Sarah Millican and Graham Norton in the running instead.
And before any angry Sherlock fans get on the blower to Bafta, it’s worth noting that the new episodes from series three miss out on eligibility by one measly day (the guidelines require broadcast to fall between 1 January and 31 December 2013). Other shows not eligible for this year’s nominations include Line of Duty, W1A, Rev and Endeavour.