Crime pays at the Bafta television awards with Southcliffe and Broadchurch, two dramas based around a shocking act of violence, leading the nominations.
Southcliffe, the Channel 4 drama which portrayed the aftermath of a shooting spree in a fictionalised community, received four nominations, with Sean Harris and Rory Kinnear recognised for their performances in the acting categories.
Broadchurch, the ITV crime drama following the police hunt for the killer of an 11 year-old boy, received three nominations for next month’s event. Olivia Colman, who won two Baftas last year, competes for Best Actress, whilst the series itself, which will return for a second run, is up for Best Drama.
Jamie Dornan, the Northern Irish model-turned-actor, who delivered a chilling performance as a serial killer in the BBC2 drama The Fall, wins his first Bafta nomination, for Leading Actor.
Gritty BBC1 period drama The Village gets three nominations, including Leading Actress for Maxine Peake, who competes against newcomer Kerrie Hayes for her role as Esther Price in the Channel 4 industrial revolution drama series, The Mill.
Lighter dramas are rewarded with Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter recognised for their portrayal of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in a BBC4 drama based on the couple's tempestuous life together.
Channel 4 dominates the list with a record 27 nominations. Its surprise hit Gogglebox, which features people watching the week's television shows and has made stars of its cast, is nominated for best reality and constructed factual show as well as the Radio Times audience award.
The IT Crowd, which bowed out with a special one-off episode, is the most recognised comedy, with four nominations, including Best Male in a Comedy nods for Richard Ayoade and Chris O’Dowd and Best Situation Comedy. Toast of London, Matt Berry’s Channel 4 series about a fading actor which became a cult success, also features in the sit-com category.
Graham Norton, who will host next month’s awards, is nominated for Entertainment Performance for The Graham Norton Show. But there is no recognition for Sir Bruce Forsyth who has quit Stricly Come Dancing’s live shows after a decade.
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