RAISED eyebrows at 8am today as the nominations were revealed for next month’s BAFTA TV Awards.
Cranford deservedly received the most nominations and should do well on the night.
But this year it’s also about who was NOT nominated.
No Ant and Dec this year or Jonathan Ross, on top form in 2007 but perhaps too rude for BAFTA.
And nothing for Coronation Street – left out of the battle for Best Continuing Drama for the first time in a decade.
So no trip to London for the Rovers Return regulars. They’ll have to watch the glittering ceremony on the telly.
Meanwhile EastEnders, The Bill, Holby City and last year’s winners Emmerdale get to sit in the posh seats.
The Corrie snub is set to spark quite a debate, not least on the pages of the MEN.
Tim Corrie (no relation) of BAFTA said: “Coronation Street is still the school for writing.”
And he said it would be back in the nominations – “if not next year, then the year after”.
I’ve written a story for today’s later editions (see image at the bottom of this blog), with more to come tomorrow.
Update: The online version of Tuesday’s MEN news story is here.
And the online version of Wednesday’s Pg 9 feature is here.
I’ll also, as usual, be at next month’s British Academy Television Awards, held at the London Palladium.
It would take a brave man with fading eyesight to bet against either Dave Judi Dench or Dame Eileen Atkins (pictured above) taking the Best Actress prize.
This being the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, they actually name their categories along the lines of “Actress” and “Actor”.
No vulgar “Best”.
But living in the real world, that’s what we use.
You also have to remember that although these awards are held in 2008, they are for programmes screened in 2007.
Aside from a big win for Cranford, I hope Meet The Natives is named Best Factual Series.
As you can read from the link, it was another one of my favourite things from last year.
Life On Mars also deserves the Best Drama Series award but will probably lose out for the second year running to The Street.
There’s something in the BAFTA psyche that appears to discriminate against shows like LoM.
How else do you explain the lack of “Actor” nomination for either John Simm or Philip Glenister?
Regular readers will know that I am, in particular, totally perplexed at the lack of TV awards’ recognition for John.
He was simply brilliant as Sam Tyler in the second series of Life On Mars – the one that qualifies for these awards.
And yet he’s left out in the cold.
Being a normal human being, John hates awards ceremonies.
So I’d guess part of him is glad he doesn’t have to sit there and squirm as someone else is announced the winner.
But he’s also a serious actor who deserves recognition for the extraordinary work he has done.
Personally, I think BAFTA should hang its head in shame.
Those of us who live in that real world can seek consolation in the fact that millions of viewers know the true worth of John and Phil’s on screen performances.
And that, surely, has to count more than a night out at the Palladium and a posh trophy.
British Academy TV Awards 2008 Nominations In Full
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