Southcliffe, The IT Crowd and Broadchurch lead Arqiva British Academy Television Awards nominations

The two Channel 4 productions receive four nods apiece along with ITV’s crime drama phenomenon, which is among the shows up for the viewer-voted Radio Times Audience Award

The IT Crowd could be bowing out in style following the news that it has been nominated four times at this year’s Bafta Television Awards. Graham Linehan’s comedy about the hapless members of a corporate IT department ran for four series before bidding farewell earlier this year with a one-off special, which has landed each of its three main stars Bafta nods.


Richard Ayoade, aka uber-nerd Moss, and Chris O’Dowd, who plays Roy, will contest the best male comedy performance award with The Wrong Mans stars Mathew Baynton and James Corden. Meanwhile, their IT Crowd co-star Katherine Parkinson, who plays Jen in the Channel 4 comedy, is up against Frances De La Tour for Vicious, Kerry Howard for Him & Her: The Wedding and Doon Mackichan for Plebs, in the female comedy performance category.

The IT Crowd is also nominated for best situation comedy, against BBC2’s Count Arthur Strong, BBC3’s Him & Her: The Wedding and Channel 4’s Toast of London.

Striking a very different note from its C4 counterpart, bleak drama Southcliffe has been equally successful in the nominations. Tony Grisoni’s miniseries about the events surrounding a series of shootings in a small town has garnered nominations for Sean Harris (pictured above), who played the troubled killer – up against The Fall’s Jamie Dornan, In the Flesh star Luke Newberry and Dominic West in Burton and Taylor – while Southcliffe’s Rory Kinnear and Shirley Henderson are nominated in the supporting actor and actress categories, with the drama itself up for best mini-series.


ITV’s murder mystery phenomenon Broadchurch is nominated in three main categories, and also finds itself in the running for the viewer-voted Radio Times Audience Award. Last year’s double-Bafta winner Olivia Colman is in line again for the leading actress award, for her performance as police detective Ellie Miller, although her co-star David Tennant misses out. David Bradley gets a nod in the supporting actor category, while Broadchurch will contest best drama series with My Mad Fat Diary, Top of the Lake and BBC2 period drama The Village, which is nominated for a total of three main awards, also including a leading actress nod for Maxine Peake and recognition for supporting star Nico Mirallegro.