Breaking Bad and House of Cards earn Bafta nominations

US dramas that are only available in the UK via Netflix among nominations for television awards

Breaking Bad and House of Cards, programmes only available in the UK via the online video service Netflix, have both been nominated for Bafta television awards in a further sign of the growing significance of on-demand viewing.

The US dramas have both been nominated for best international programme, following a rule change to allow shows that are not broadcast on traditional UK TV channels to compete for a Bafta in this category for the first time.

Bafta's move is a recognition of the massive surge in on-demand viewing on services such as Netflix and the BBC's iPlayer. However, viewing figures for broadcast networks also remain robust and there were good showings in the Bafta TV awards 2014 nominations published on Monday for programmes including ITV's Broadchurch and Channel 4's Southcliffe and The IT Crowd.

Breaking Bad and House of Cards are up against two subtitled series, BBC4's Danish political drama import Borgen and The Returned, the French supernatural thriller broadcast by Channel 4, for the international Bafta.

Breaking Bad, the critically lauded drama about a science teacher turned meth dealer, has a second nomination for the Radio Times audience award, voted for by members of the public. It is up against Broadchurch, Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor, Educating Yorkshire, Gogglebox and The Great British Bake Off in this category.

Broadchurch, the drama about the impact of the death of a child and subsequent murder inquiry on a seaside community that became one of the critical and ratings hits of 2013, has four nominations in total, including best drama series. Olivia Colman's performance in the drama has earned her a nod for best actress, while David Bradley is in the running for best supporting actor.

Southcliffe, the Channel 4 drama about the aftermath of a series of shootings in a small town, also garnered four Bafta nominations, including best mini-series.

Sean Harris is in the running for best actor, while the drama also picked up supporting actor and actress nominations for Rory Kinnear and Shirley Henderson.

Among the big names in the running for the awards are Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter, who are recognised for their portrayal of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in a BBC4 drama based on the couple's tempestuous life together with leading actor and actress award nominations.

Bonham Carter is up against Kerrie Hayes from Channel 4's The Mill and Maxine Peake from BBC1's The Village for the leading actress award, along with Colman.

Best actor pits West against Harris, Jamie Dornan for BBC2's The Fall, and Luke Newberry for BBC3 zombie thriller In the Flesh.

Ripper Street's Jerome Flynn and Nico Mirallegro from The Village complete the best supporting actor nominations list; while Henderson faces competition from Claire Rushbrook for E4's My Mad Fat Diary in the supporting actress category, with nominations for Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker from BBC1's Last Tango In Halifax.

The best male performance category pits The IT Crowd's Richard Ayoade and Chris O'Dowd against Mathew Baynton and James Corden from The Wrong Mans (BBC2).

Frances de la Tour's role in ITV sitcom Vicious sees her nominated for best female performance in a comedy alongside The IT Crowd's Katherine Parkinson, Doon Mackichan for Plebs (ITV2) and Kerry Howard for Him And Her: The Wedding, the BBC3 comedy which is also nominated in the situation comedy category along with BBC2's Count Arthur Strong, Toast Of London and The IT Crowd.

This year's Bafta TV awards are at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London's West End on Sunday 18 May.

The host, Graham Norton, is nominated for entertainment performance for his BBC1 chat show where his rivals are Sarah Millican, Charlie Brooker and Ant and Dec.

The Graham Norton Show is also nominated in the comedy and comedy entertainment programme category against A League of Their Own (Sky1), Would I Lie to You? (BBC1) and last year's winner, The Revolution Will be Televised (BBC3).


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