After winning an Oscar for his turn in Bridge of Spies and picking up an Olivier award nomination the very next day, Mark Rylance probably thought his year couldn’t get any better – but now it looks like his purple patch is set to continue as Tudor drama Wolf Hall (which stars Rylance as Machiavellian politician Thomas Cromwell) scoops up four nominations for this year’s TV Baftas.
And whether it ends up triumphing in its category for best drama series or whether one of the acting awards goes to Rylance, Claire Foy or Anton Lesser, one thing’s for sure – Mark Rylance is not going to be short of work any time soon.
Just trailing Wolf Hall in the announcements were smash-hit comedy Peter Kay’s Car Share and nostalgic drama This is England ‘90, both of which picked up three nominations apiece in acting and genre categories, while another strong showing was seen for Doctor Foster as Suranne Jones picked up a leading actress nod and the drama itself was nominated for best mini-series.
Battling it out with Jones and Foy (see above) in the Leading Actress category will be Ruth Madeley for Don’t Take My Baby and Sheridan Smith for The C-Word, while the male category will be fought between Rylance, Idris Elba (Luther), Ben Whishaw (London Spy) and Stephen Graham (This is England ‘90).
Best Entertainment Programme saw Adele receive her first ever Bafta nomination for Adele at the BBC, which goes up against Britain’s Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing and TFI’s anniversary special, meanwhile The Great British Bake Off picked up its fifth consecutive nomination for Best Feature.
Still, not every series can be included and some shows were surprisingly absent, most notably Poldark which only has its Radio Times Audience Award nomination to look forward to. Meanwhile, Doctor Who is absent from the majority of the categories, although Michelle Gomez’s performance as Missy was deemed worthy of congratulation in the supporting actress category.
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