'Life on Mars' heads BAFTA nominations

The smash-hit series 'Life On Mars' has been nominated for two TV Baftas today.

The smash-hit series 'Life On Mars' has been nominated for two TV Baftas today.

John Simm is up for best actor for his role as time-travelling cop Sam Tyler - but there is no nomination for his co-star, Philip Glenister (Gene Hunt).

The BBC1 series, which came to a conclusion last night, is also up for best drama series.

'Longford', the Channel 4 drama about the prison reformer's battle to release Myra Hindley from jail, is up for four awards, grabbing the largest number of nominations this year.

Jim Broadbent and Andy Serkis have both been shortlisted for best actor for their portrayals of Lord Longford and Moors Murderer Ian Brady respectively.

Samantha Morton is up for best actress for her role as Myra Hindley and 'Longford' is also up for best single drama in the TV equivalent of the Oscars.

'Life On Mars' is also up for the Pioneer Audience Award, which recognises the best programme of 2006 and is the only prize of the night voted for by the public.

Victoria Wood has received a record 12th Bafta TV nomination.

She is up for best actress for her first ITV drama for 25 years, 'Housewife 49', which is set at the beginning of the Second World War.

Wood will do battle with Anne-Marie Duff for 'The Virgin Queen' and Ruth Wilson for 'Jane Eyre', both on BBC1, as well as Morton.

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant go head to head in the comedy performance category for 'Extras', having been nominated jointly on four occasions for their writing.

Gervais is up for the TV gong for his role as struggling actor-turned-sitcom star Andy Millman, while Merchant is in the running for his turn as incompetent agent Darren Lamb.

Gervais and Merchant are up against six-times nominee Dawn French for 'The Vicar Of Dibley' and actress Liz Smith, 85, who is nominated for her role as Nana in 'The Royle Family'.

Caroline Aherne's special BBC1 episode of 'The Royle Family',' The Queen Of Sheba', is also nominated for best situation comedy, alongside 'Green Wing' and 'The IT Crowd', both on Channel 4, and Pulling on BBC3.

Like 'Life On Mars', 'Dancing On Ice' has also been nominated for a Bafta for the first time.

The show battles it out in the entertainment programme category with fellow ITV show 'The X Factor'.

They are up against Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?' (BBC1) and 'Derren Brown: The Heist' (Channel 4).

'Coronation Street', 'EastEnders' and 'Emmerdale' are all up for best continuing drama.

ITV's 'Emmerdale' is nominated for the first time in six years.

Wood breaks her own previous record of 10 nominations - a number shared by Dame Judi Dench, Paul Merton and Morecambe and Wise.

Her creation, 'Housewife 49', is up for best single drama while she has been shortlisted for best actress.

Channel 4 has 20 nominations, followed by 18 for BBC1, 14 for BBC2, 13 for ITV1, two for channel Five and three for Sky One.

If all its channels are included, the BBC has 37 nominations, Channel 4 has 20 and ITV has a total of 14.

As well as the four nominations for 'Longford', ITV's rival drama about the Moors murders, 'See No Evil', starring Maxine Peake as Hindley, is nominated for best drama serial.

Ant and Dec are up for best entertainment performance for 'Saturday Night Takeaway' (ITV1), against Jonathan Ross for his Friday night chat show (BBC1), Paul Merton for 'Have I Got News For You' (BBC1) and Stephen Fry for 'QI' (BBC2).

Michael Sheen is up against Broadbent, Serkis and Simm in the best actor category for his starring role as Kenneth Williams in 'Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!'.

The BBC4 drama has two nominations, alongside 'The Virgin Queen', 'Housewife 49', 'Extras' and 'The Royle Family: Queen of Sheba'.

Other titles received one nomination.

First-time Bafta nominees include 'King Kong' and 'Lord Of The Rings' star Serkis, Samantha Morton and John Simm.

Michael Winterbottom's drama/documentary 'The Road to Guantanamo', about a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay without charge for two years, has been nominated for best single drama.

'Sugar Rush', the Channel 4 adaptation of Julie Burchill's novel about lesbian teens, is up for best drama series, alongside Paul Abbott's 'Shameless' (Channel 4), Jimmy McGovern's 'The Street' (BBC1) and 'Life on Mars'.

Alan Sugar with 'The Apprentice', the Dragons on 'Dragons' Den' and Gordon Ramsay with 'The F Word' will be battling for the best features category prize.

'The Catherine Tate Show' (BBC2) receives its third consecutive nomination for comedy programme, against 'Little Britain Abroad' (BBC1), 'That Mitchell and Webb Look' (BBC2) and 'Little Miss Jocelyn' (BBC3).

The sport shortlist features 'The Boat Race' (ITV1), 'Winter Olympics' (BBC), and 'Cricket on Five' but no football.

'Planet Earth' (BBC1) is up for the specialist factual category, against Simon Schama's 'Power of Art' (BBC2), 'Nuremberg: Goering's Last Stand' (Channel 4) and 'Munich: Mossad's Revenge' (Channel 4).

'Celebrity Big Brother' is up for the pioneer audience award - not voted for by the Bafta judges - with 'Life On Mars', 'The Royle Family: The Queen Of Sheba', 'Dragons' Den', 'The Vicar Of Dibley Christmas Special' and 'Planet Earth'.

The British Academy Television Awards, sponsored by Pioneer, take place at the London Palladium on May 20 and will be broadcast on BBC1.

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