Should Sherlock have been nominated for a Bafta TV Mini Series award?

Its stars have had three nods, and it's up for an audience award - but should Sherlock itself have been nominated by Bafta?

At the risk of sounding ungrateful, it seems some Sherlock fans are not quite satisfied with the three Bafta nominations the show received earlier today.


Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, is nominated in the Leading Actor category, while his sidekick John and his arch enemy Moriarty will go head to head as Martin Freeman and Andrew Scott contest the Supporting Actor award

Following its second series earlier this year, the show is also on the shortlist (announced last week) for the Bafta Audience Award, which is sponsored by YouTube and decided by the public.

Yet many are still wondering why the three-part series wasn’t nominated in the Mini Series category.

Louise Brealey, who plays John and Sherlock’s lab geek friend Molly Hooper (and who may or may not have been instrumental in organising the detective’s apparently death-defying plunge from the top of Bart’s Hospital) is among those disappointed by the decision.

“So Sherlock WASN’T one of the best four dramas on British telly this past year?” she tweeted this morning. “Oh. Oh. Okay. But. Okay.”

But Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat was more philosophical about the decision, replying “Well we’re not exactly short of awards, are we? Or nominations!”

Had Sherlock been nominated it would have competed alongside such dark and gritty mini-series as Appropriate Adult – about the interrogation of Fred West – Gothic period offering The Crimson Petal and the White, Shane Meadows’s This Is England ’88 and urban drama Top Boy.


So do you agree with Louise? Should Sherlock have been nominated in the Mini Series category at the Bafta TV Awards? Vote in our poll below…