Stars turn out for Baftas

Some of the biggest stars of the small screen will be on the red carpet tonight at the TV Baftas.

Some of the biggest stars of the small screen will be on the red carpet tonight at the TV Baftas.

Ceremony host Dara O’Briain is up for best comedy performance against Graham Norton, Alan Carr and a past two-time winner for the category, Harry Hill.

The top sitcom title will be fought for by Breandan O'Carroll's 'Mrs Brown’s Boys', 'Rev', 'Friday Night Dinne'r and 'Fresh Meat', while the top comedy programme prize sees Charlie Brooker’s '2011 Wipe', 'Comic Strip: The Hunt for Tony Blair', 'The Cricklewood Greats' and Stewart Lee’s 'Comedy Vehicle' battle it out.

Actors including Benedict Cumberbatch, Tamsin Greig and Dominic West are among the names competing for the awards.

Other stars expected to make an appearance at the event include Amy Childs, Holly Willoughby and Hugh Bonneville.

'The Wire' star West is in the running for the best actor award for his role in ITV1’s 'Appropriate Adult' with his co-star, Emily Watson, nominated for best actress.

The drama about serial killer Fred West heads the shortlist with four nominations in total – having also picked up nods for best supporting actress and best mini series.

BBC1 hit 'Sherlock' and Channel 4’s gritty 'This Is England' ’88 have three nominations apiece at the event, formally known as the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards.

Sherlock’s nominations throw up a battle between good and evil with both Watson (Martin Freeman) and Moriarty (Andrew Scott) battling for best supporting actor.

Simon Cowell’s hugely popular shows 'Britain’s Got Talent' and 'The X Factor' failed to make it onto the shortlist for best entertainment programme.

Instead, it will be fought out between Harry Hill’s 'TV Burp', 'Derren Brown: The Experiments', Michael McIntyre’s 'Christmas Comedy Roadshow' and 'Celebrity Juice', starring Keith Lemon.

Alongside West, the best actor nominees are Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch, John Simm ('Exile') and Joseph Gilgun ('This Is England ’88').

Last year’s best actress, Vicky McClure, is nominated once more for her continuing portrayal of Lol in the 'This Is England' dramas.

She faces Romola Garai for 'The Crimson Petal And The White', Nadine Marshall for 'Random', and Watson for 'Appropriate Adult'.

Screen veteran Maggie Smith – who has already picked up five Baftas over her career – is up for the supporting actress title for 'Downton Abbey', alongside Anna Chancellor ('The Hour'), Monica Dolan ('Appropriate Adult') and Miranda Hart ('Call The Midwife').

The other supporting actor nominees competing with Scott and last year’s winner Freeman are Stephen Rea for his sinister role in 'The Shadowline' and Joseph Mawle for 'Birdsong'.

Entertainment veteran Rolf Harris will be honoured by Bafta with its highest award, a fellowship, for his “outstanding and exceptional contribution to television”.

The man behind hit shows 'Doctor Who' and 'Sherlock', Steven Moffat, will also be honoured – picking up the Special Award in recognition of his work.

Aiming to take the prize for best drama series are 'Misfits', 'Spooks', 'The Fades' and 'Scott And Bailey'.

'Appropriate Adult', 'The Crimson Petal And The White', 'This Is England ’88' and 'Top Boy' are all nominated for top mini series.

A new category for “reality and constructed factual” programmes sees 'An Idiot Abroad', 'Don’t Tell The Bride', 'Made In Chelsea' and 'Young Apprentice' competing for the award.

But the winner of last year’s audience award, 'The Only Way Is Essex', fails to make the grade.

British TV’s new-found love of Scandinavian crime is evident in the international category with two Danish programmes, The Killing and Borgen, battling it out with Australia’s 'The Slap' and US series 'Modern Family'.

Jennifer Saunders earns her first Bafta nomination since 1992 with her role in 'Absolutely Fabulous' winning her a place on the female comedy performance shortlist against Tamsin Greig, Ruth Jones and Olivia Colman.

'Coronation Street' and 'EastEnders' face Holby City and 'Shameless' in the soap and continuing drama section.

The awards are being staged at the Royal Festival Hall in south London.

Full list of nominations

:: Leading actor

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, BBC1)

Dominic West (Appropriate Adult, ITV1)

John Simm (Exile, BBC1)

Joseph Gilgun (This Is England ’88, Channel 4)

:: Leading actress

Emily Watson (Appropriate Adult, ITV1)

Nadine Marshall (Random, Channel 4)

Romola Garai (The Crimson Petal And The White, BBC2)

Vicky McClure (This Is England ’88, Channel 4)

:: Supporting actor

Andrew Scott (Sherlock, BBC1)

Joseph Mawle (Birdsong, BBC1)

Martin Freeman (Sherlock, BBC1)

Stephen Rea (The Shadowline, BBC2)

:: Supporting actress

Anna Chancellor (The Hour, BBC2)

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, ITV1)

Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife, BBC1)

Monica Dolan (Appropriate Adult, ITV1)

:: Entertainment performance

Alan Carr (Alan Carr Chatty Man, Channel 4)

Dara O’ Briain (Mock The Week, BBC2)

Graham Norton (The Graham Norton Show, BBC1)

Harry Hill (Harry Hill’s TV Burp, ITV1)

:: Female performance in a comedy programme

Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous, BBC1)

Olivia Colman (Twenty Twelve, BBC4)

Ruth Jones (Stella, Sky One)

Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Channel 4)

:: Male performance in a comedy programme

Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs Brown’s Boys, BBC1)

Darren Boyd (Spy, Sky One)

Hugh Bonneville (Twenty Twelve, BBC4)

Tom Hollander (Rev, BBC2)

:: Single drama

Holy Flying Circus (BBC4)

Page Eight (BBC2)

Random (Channel 4)

Stolen (BBC1)

:: Mini series

Appropriate Adult (ITV1)

The Crimson Petal And The White (BBC2)

This Is England ’88 (Channel 4)

Top Boy (Channel 4)

:: Drama series

The Fades (BBC3)

Misfits (E4)

Scott And Bailey (ITV1)

Spooks (BBC1)

:: Soap and continuing drama

Coronation Street(ITV1)

EastEnders (BBC1)

Holby City (BBC1)

Shameless (Channel 4)

:: International

Borgen (BBC4)

The Killing (BBC4)

Modern Family (Sky One)

The Slap (BBC4)

:: Factual series

The Choir: Military Wives (BBC2)

Educating Essex (Channel 4)

Our War (BBC3)

Protecting Our Children: Damned If We Do Damned If We Don’t (BBC2)

:: Specialist factual

British Masters (BBC4)

Frozen Planet (BBC1)

Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret (Channel 4)

Wonders Of The Universe (BBC2)

:: Single documentary

9/11: The Day That Changed the World (ITV1)

The Fight Of Their Lives (ITV1)

Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die (BBC2)

Cutting Edge: We Need To Talk About Dad (Channel 4)

:: Features

DIY SOS: The Big Build (BBC1)

Hairy Bikers’ Meals On Wheels (BBC2)

The Great British Bake Off (BBC2)

Timothy Spall: Somewhere At Sea (BBC4)

:: Reality & Constructed Factual

An Idiot Abroad (Sky One)

Don’t Tell The Bride (BBC3)

Made in Chelsea (E4)

The Young Apprentice (BBC1)

:: Current Affairs

Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark(Al Jazeera English)

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields (Channel 4)

Panorama: The Truth About Adoption (BBC1)

Panorama: Undercover Care – The Abuse Exposed (BBC1)

:: News Coverage

BBC News at Ten: Siege of Homs (BBC1)

Channel 4 News: Japan Earthquake (Channel 4)

ITV News at Ten: Battle of Misrata (ITV1)

Sky News: Libya Rebel Convoy – Live (Sky News)

:: Sport & Live Event

Frankenstein’s Wedding: Live in Leeds (BBC3)

The Royal Wedding (BBC1)

Rugby World Cup Final (ITV1)

Tour De France 2011 (ITV4)

:: New Media

Autumn Watch (BBC Online)

The Bank Job (

Misfits (

Psychoville (BBC Online)

:: Entertainment Programme

Celebrity Juice (ITV2)

Derren Brown: The Experiments (Channel 4)

Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV1)

Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Comedy Roadshow (BBC1)

:: Comedy Programme

Charlie Brooker’s 2011 Wipe (BBC4)

Comic Strip: The Hunt for Tony Blair (Channel 4)

The Cricklewood Greats (BBC4)

Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (BBC2)

:: Situation Comedy

Fresh Meat (Channel 4)

Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC1)

Friday Night Dinner (Channel 4)

Rev (BBC2)

:: YouTube Audience Award

Celebrity Juice (ITV2)

Educating Essex (Channel 4)

Fresh Meat (Channel 4)

Frozen Planet (BBC1)

The Great British Bake Off (BBC2)

Sherlock (BBC1)

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