Appropriate Adult and Sherlock lead BAFTA Television Award 2012 Nominations

The full nominations for this years Arqiva BAFTA Television Award have been announced this morning, ahead of the event itself taking place on Sunday 27th May to be overseen by host Dara O’Brian.

Leading the nominations list is acclaimed ITV1 Drama Appropriate Adult which based on serial killer Fred West. The gritty drama picks up nominations in several categories including Best Actor for lead actor Dominic West and Best Actress for Emily Watson.

Other shows leading the way include Channel 4’s This Is England 88 and BBC1’s Sherlock where both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman pick up nominations. Away from Drama and comedy stars such as Alan Carr, Graham Norton and Miranda Hart receive nominations whilst Keith Lemon’s Celebrity Juice and Harry Hills TV Burp will fight it out in Best Entertainment Programme.

For the soap fans, Coronation Street, Eastenders, Holby City and rather strangely… Shameless fight it out in the Best Soap/Continuing Drama with Emmerdale and Hollyoaks missing out. Should Emmerdale have maybe got a nod?

The full list of nominations are below:

Leading Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)

Dominic West (Appropriate Adult)

John Simm (Exile)

Joseph Gilgun (This Is England ’88)

Leading Actress

Emily Watson (Appropriate Adult)

Nadine Marshall (Random)

Romola Garai (The Crimson Petal and the White)

Vicky McClure (This Is England ’88)

Supporting Actor

Andrew Scott (Sherlock)

Joseph Mawle (Birdsong)

Martin Freeman (Sherlock)

Stephen Rea (The Shadow Line)

Supporting Actress

Anna Chancellor (The Hour)

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

Miranda Hart (Call the Midwife)

Monica Dolan (Appropriate Adult)

Entertainment Performance

Alan Carr (Alan Carr: Chatty Man)

Dara O’Briain (Mock The Week)

Graham Norton (The Graham Norton Show)

Harry Hill (Harry Hill’s TV Burp)

Female Performance In A Comedy Programme

Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous)

Olivia Colman (Twenty Twelve)

Ruth Jones (Stella)

Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner)

Male Performance In A Comedy Programme

Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs Brown’s Boys)

Darren Boyd (Spy)

Hugh Bonneville (Twenty Twelve)

Tom Hollander (Rev.)

Single Drama

Holy Flying Circus

Page Eight




Appropriate Adult

The Crimson Petal and the White

This is England ’88

Top Boy

Drama Series

The Fades


Scott and Bailey


Soap and Continuing Drama

Coronation Street


Holby City


International Programme


Forbrydelsen (The Killing)

Modern Family

The Slap

Factual Series

The Choir: Military Wives

Educating Essex

Our War

Protecting Our Children: Damned If We Do Damned If We Don’t

Specialist Factual

British Masters

Frozen Planet

Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret

Wonders of the Universe

Single Documentary

9/11: The Day That Changed the World

The Fight of Their Lives

Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die

We Need To Talk About Dad (Cutting Edge)


DIY SOS: The Big Build

Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels

The Great British Bake-Off

Timothy Spall: Somewhere at Sea

Reality And Constructed Factual

An Idiot Abroad

Don’t Tell The Bride

Made in Chelsea

The Young Apprentice

Current Affairs

Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields

‘The Truth About Adoption’ (Panorama)

‘Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed’ (Panorama)

News Coverage

BBC News at Ten: Siege of Homs

Channel 4 News: Japanese earthquake

ITV News at Ten: Battle of Misrata

Sky News: Libya rebel convoy – live

Sport And Live Event

Frankenstein’s Wedding: Live in Leeds

The Royal Wedding (BBC)

Rugby World Cup Final

Tour De France 2011

New Media


The Bank Job



Entertainment Programme

Celebrity Juice

Derren Brown: The Experiments

Harry Hill’s TV Burp

Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Comedy Roadshow

Comedy Programme

Charlie Brooker’s 2011 Wipe

Comic Strip: The Hunt for Tony Blair

The Cricklewood Greats

Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle

Situation Comedy

Fresh Meat

Mrs Brown’s Boys

Friday Night Dinner


This article was written by music, TV and soaps enthusiast Andy Hickling. Check him out on Twitter here.