Live autopsy tabled for TV honour

Channel 4’s controversial screening of a public autopsy has been nominated for a top TV award.

Channel 4’s controversial screening of a public autopsy has been nominated for a top TV award.

The programme will compete with the BBC’s Golden Jubilee coverage at this year’s Royal Television Society awards. Both have been nominated for TV Event of the Year alongside the BBC1 programme Test The Nation.

The Autopsy provoked more than 150 complaints from viewers shocked by its graphic scenes when it was screened last November.

Maverick doctor Professor Gunther von Hagens, creator of the equally controversial Bodyworlds exhibition of human corpses, dissected the body of a 72-year-old man.

Held in front of a paying audience, it was the UK’s first public autopsy for 170 years.

The RTS awards will be held on March 18 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London and will be hosted by newsreader Kirsty Young.

Comedy performance of the year will go to either Ricky Gervais for The Office, Peter Kay for Phoenix Nights 2or Steve Coogan for I’m Alan Partridge.

Gervais and Kay could be double winners as their shows are up for best comedy along with Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

Presenting duo Ant and Dec have been nominated twice – for best entertainment show (Pop Idol) and best entertainment performance (I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here).

EastEnders is a surprise omission from the best soaps category, with the nominations going to Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Doctors.

The best drama award will go to one of three BBC1 shows: Spooks, Clocking Off or Cutting It.

The nominees for presenter of the year are This Morning’s Fern Britton, What Not To Wear style gurus Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine, and architectural historian Dan Cruickshank.

The nominations include:

Best Drama Series

:: Spooks

:: Clocking Off

:: Cutting It

Best Single Drama

:: Bloody Sunday

:: Out Of Control

:: Tomorrow La Scala

Best Soap

:: Emmerdale

:: Doctors

:: Coronation Street

Best Actor

:: Timothy Spall (Bodily Harm)

:: Christopher Eccleston (Flesh and Blood)

:: Albert Finney (The Gathering Storm)

Best Actress

:: Lesley Manville (Bodily Harm)

:: Julie Walters (Murder)

:: Jessica Stevenson (Tomorrow La Scala)

Event of the Year

:: Test The Nation

:: Autopsy

:: The Jubilee Weekend

Best Presenter (Factual)

:: Fern Britton (This Morning)

:: Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine (What Not To Wear)

:: Dan Cruickshank (Omnibus: Dan Cruickshank and The Lost Treasure of Kabul)

Best Entertainment Performance

:: Graham Norton (V Graham Norton)

:: Jonathan Ross (Friday Night With Jonathan Ross)

:: Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly (I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here)

Best Entertainment

:: Pop Idol: The Final & Results Show

:: 2DTV

:: Friday Night With Jonathan Ross

Best Comedy Performance

:: Ricky Gervais (The Office)

:: Steve Coogan (I’m Alan Partridge)

:: Peter Kay (Phoenix Nights 2)

Best Situation Comedy and Comedy Drama

:: Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

:: Phoenix Nights 2

:: The Office

Best Primetime Feature

:: Jamie’s Kitchen

:: What Not To Wear

:: Lad’s Army

Best Daytime Programme

:: Today With Des and Mel

:: Cash In The Attic

:: GMTV

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