Two very different tales of passionate relationships lead the nominations at this year’s Bafta Television Awards.
BBC2’s one-off drama The Girl – charting director Alfred Hitchock’s tumultuous partnership with muse Tippi Hedren – is up for four awards, along with BBC1 romantic comedy series Last Tango in Halifax, about pensioners rekindling an old romance.
The Girl lands best actress and actor nominations for Sienna Miller and Toby Jones, a supporting actress nod for Imelda Staunton and recognition in the single drama category, while Last Tango in Halifax sees Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid and Sarah Lancashire nominated in the same acting categories, respectively, with the show also up for best drama series.
There are four nominations apiece, too, for Accused – Jimmy McGovern’s BBC1 drama anthology about people in the dock – and Twenty Twelve, the BBC2 satire about a fictitious Olympics organising committee.
Accused is up for best mini-series, while Sean Bean is nominated in the best actor category, together with supporting actor and actress nods for Stephen Graham and Olivia Colman. Colman is also recognised for her comedy performance in Twenty Twelve, alongside co-stars Jessica Hynes and Hugh Bonneville, while a best situation comedy nod makes the show this year’s most nominated comedy.
Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life is another comedy success, pitting Steve Coogan against Bonneville as well as contesting best comedy programme with Twenty Twelve. Coogan’s spoof biopic-cum-Norwich history documentary also accounts for two of Sky’s nominations in a record year for the satellite broadcaster.
A total of seven nominations across all Sky channels also include two for fantasy drama Game of Thrones, which is up against another Sky Atlantic HBO buy-in, Girls, in the international category, as well as contesting the Radio Times Audience Award, the only prize at this year’s Baftas voted for by the public.
Sign up to the Radio Times newsletter for the latest TV and entertainment news