Bafta TV nominations: BBC London 2012 Olympics coverage gets hat-trick

ITV documentary The Other Side of Jimmy Savile is frontrunner in current affairs category

The BBC's coverage of the London Olympics has notched up a hat-trick of nominations at the Bafta TV awards - one fewer than the sitcom which spoofed the games, Twenty Twelve.

Danny Boyle's acclaimed Olympics opening ceremony and the BBC's coverage of "super Saturday" – when Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford all won gold for Great Britain – are both nominated in the sport and live event category.

The opening ceremony is also nominated for the Radio Times audience award, voted for by members of the public.

Twenty Twelve is nominated for best comedy programme along with acting nods for three of its stars - Olivia Colman, Jessica Hynes and Hugh Bonneville.

Last summer's sporting spectacle also provided Channel 4 with a nomination for its Paralympics coverage in the sport and live event category.

ITV documentary The Other Side of Jimmy Savile is the frontrunner in the current affairs category.

The show, presented by former detective Mark Williams-Thomas, sparked a major police investigation and plunged the BBC into a crisis that lead to the departure of director general George Entwistle after just 54 days in the job.

There were four nominations each for BBC1 dramas Accused and Last Tango in Halifax, with another four for BBC2's film about Alfred Hitchcock, The Girl, with nominations for its stars Sienna Miller and Toby Jones.

Peter Capaldi was nominated twice, for his roles in The Thick of It and another BBC2 show, The Hour. Olivia Colman also had two nominations, for Twenty Twelve and Accused.

Sheridan Smith received her first Bafta nomination from her role as Mrs Biggs, in the ITV drama of the same name.

Rebecca Hall is nominated for her role in BBC2's Parade's End, which is also up for best mini-series, but there is no nomination for her co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch.

Last Tango in Halifax stars Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid are both nominated for leading actor awards.

Competing against Twenty Twelve for the best sitcom prize will be The Thick of It, Episodes, and Sky Atlantic's Hunderby.

There are a total of eight nominations for programmes on Sky, its most to date, with Steve Coogan nominated for best male performance in a comedy programme for the return of Alan Partridge in Sky Atlantic's Welcome to the Places of My Life.

Sky's fantasy epic Game of Thrones is in the running for best international show, along with The Bridge, Girls and espionage thriller Homeland.

BBC2 had the most nominations, with 26, followed by BBC1 (22), Channel 4's 16, ITV (10) and three each for BBC3 and BBC4. There were six for Sky Atlantic, two for E4 and nods for Sky 1, Al Jazeera and Watch.

The event, formally known as the Arqiva British Academy Television awards, take place on Sunday 12 May at London's Royal Festival Hall and will be hosted by Graham Norton.

Bafta TV nominations - in full

Leading actor

Ben Whishaw - Richard II (The Hollow Crown)

Derek Jacobi - Last Tango in Halifax

Sean Bean - Accused (Tracie's Story)

Toby Jones- The Girl

Leading actress

Anne Reid - Last Tango in Halifax

Rebecca Hall - Parade's End

Sheridan Smith - Mrs Biggs

Sienna Miller - The Girl

Supporting actor

Peter Capaldi - The Hour

Stephen Graham - Accused (Tracie's Story)

Harry Lloyd - The Fear

Simon Russell Beale - Henry IV Part 2(The Hollow Crown)

Supporting actress

Anastasia Hille - The Fear

Imelda Staunton - The Girl

Olivia Colman - Accused (Mo's Story)

Sarah Lancashire - Last Tango in Halifax

Entertainment programme

Alan Carr for Alan Carr: Chatty Man

Ant and Dec for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Graham Norton for The Graham Norton Show

Sarah Millican for The Sarah Millican Show

Female performance in a comedy programme

Jessica Hynes for Twenty Twelve

Julia Davis for Hunderby

Miranda Hart for Miranda

Olivia Colman for Twenty Twelve

Male performance in a comedy programme

Greg Davies for Cuckoo

Hugh Bonneville for Twenty Twelve

Peter Capaldi for The Thick of It

Steve Coogan for Welcome To the Places of My Life

Single drama


The Girl


Richard II (Hollow Crown)



Mrs Biggs

Parade's End

Room at the Top

Drama series

Last Tango in Halifax

Ripper Street

Scott And Bailey


Soap and continuing drama

Coronation Street





The Bridge

Game of Thrones



Factual series

24 Hours in A&E

Great Ormond Street

Make Bradford British

Our War

Specialist factual

All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry

The Plane Crash

The Plot to Bring Down Britain's Planes

The Secret History of Our Streets

Single documentary

7/7: One Day in London

Baka: A Cry From the Rainforest

Lucian Freud: Painted Life

Nina Conti - A Ventriloquist's Story: Her Master's Voice


Bank of Dave

Grand Designs

The Great British Bake Off

Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs

Reality and constructed factual

The Audience

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

Made in Chelsea

The Young Apprentice

Current affairs

Britain's Hidden Housing Crisis (Panorama Special)

The Other Side of Jimmy Savile (Exposure)

The Shame of the Catholic Church (This World)

What Killed Arafat? (Al Jazeera Investigates)

News coverage

BBC News at Ten: Syria

Channel 4 News: Battle for Homs

Hillsborough - The Truth at Last (Granada Reports)

Sport and live event

The London 2012 Olympics: Super Saturday

The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isle of Wonder

The London 2012 Paralympic Games

Wimbledon 2012 - Men's Final

Entertainment programme

Dynamo Magician Impossible

The Graham Norton Show

Have I Got News for You

A League of Their Own

Comedy programme

Cardinal Burns

Mr Stink

The Revolution Will Be Televised

Welcome to the Places of My Life

Situation comedy



The Thick of It

Twenty Twelve

Radio Times audience award (voted for by members of the public)

Call the Midwife

Game of Thrones

The Great British Bake Off


The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

Strictly Come Dancing


John Plunkett

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