Published: Wednesday 25th February 2015 by The News Editor
Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman is in the running for a Royal Television Society (RTS) award for her presenting duties on the hit BBC1 show.
Winkleman joined co-presenter Tess Daly – who is not on the shortlist – when Sir Bruce Forsyth stepped down, and is up for an award for best entertainment performance.
The nomination is a coup for Winkleman, as neither Daly nor veteran presenter Sir Bruce have ever been nominated for an RTS award for Strictly – although Sir Bruce was crowned with a lifetime achievement award.
Winkleman goes up against Graham Norton for his duties on The Graham Norton Show, while Norton’s BBC1 chatshow is also up for best entertainment programme alongside Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV) .
In other categories, EastEnders, which has just enjoyed huge success with its 30th anniversary live week, is up for best soap/continuing drama, alongside Casualty and ITV rival Coronation Street.
For best actress, Happy Valley (BBC1) star Sarah Lancashire is pitted against Sheridan Smith for her role as singer Cilla Black in the ITV biopic Cilla, and Georgina Campbell in the moving, true-story BBC3 drama Murdered By My Boyfriend.
Happy Valley is also up for best drama series, where it faces competition from hard-hitting Birmingham gang drama Peaky Blinders and police corruption drama Line Of Duty, both on BBC2.
Simon Cowell’s shows The X Factor – which lost out in the ratings battle to Strictly last year – and Britain’s Got Talent are not on the shortlist, which covers all genres of TV programming.
There is also no mention of sci-fi series Doctor Who, starring Peter Capaldi as the Time-Lord, or singing contest The Voice.
BBC1 show Great British Bake Off is up for a gong in the popular, factual and features category, vying against The Island With Bear Grylls (Channel 4) and 5 0 Ways To Kill Your Mammy (Sky 1HD).
The best actor shortlist features Toby Jones f or acclaimed show Marvellous (BBC Two), Tom Hollander for A Poet In New York (BBC2) and Adeel Akhtar for the second instalment of Utopia (Channel 4).
Many of the shortlisted programmes marked 100 years since the start of the First World War, with Our World War (BBC3) and The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers Of Empire (BBC2) in the history category.
D-Day: The Heroes Return (BBC1) and WW1 Remembered – From The Battlefield & From Westminster Abbey (BBC2) are up for best live event.
The winners – including recipients of the judges’ award and lifetime achievement award – will be announce d at a ceremony on March 17 in London.
:: Actor – Female
Georgina Campbell – Murdered By My Boyfriend (BBC3)
Sarah Lancashire – Happy Valley (BBC1)
Sheridan Smith – Cilla (ITV)
:: Actor – Male
Adeel Akhtar – Utopia – Series 2 (Channel 4)
Toby Jones – Marvellous (BBC2)
Tom Hollander – A Poet In New York (BBC Cymru Wales and BBC2)
Grayson Perry: Who Are You? (Channel 4)
Messiah At The Foundling Hospital (BBC2)
Our Gay Wedding: The Musical (Channel 4)
:: Children’s Fiction
4 O’Clock Club – Christmas (CBBC)
Hank Zipzer (CBBC)
Katie Morag And The Tiresome Ted (CBeebies)
:: Children’s Programme
Marrying Mum And Dad (CBBC)
Swashbuckle ‘Pirate Pampering’ (CBeebies)
The Big Performance 3: Finale (CBBC)
:: Comedy Performance
Harry Enfield – Harry And Paul’s Story Of The Twos (BBC2)
Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton – Inside No. 9 ( BBC2)
Sarah Hadland – The Job Lot – Series 2 (ITV2)
:: Daytime Programme
Couples Come Dine With Me (Channel 4)
Superstar Dogs (Channel 4)
This Morning (ITV)
:: Documentary Series
Bedlam (Channel 4)
Life And Death Row (BBC3)
Protecting Our Parents (BBC2)
:: Drama Serial
The Driver (BBC1)
The Honourable Woman (BBC2)
:: Drama Series
Happy Valley (BBC1)
Line Of Duty – Series 2 (BBC2)
Peaky Blinders II (BBC2)
A League Of Their Own (Sky 1HD)
Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)
The Graham Norton Show (BBC1)
:: Entertainment Performance
Claudia Winkleman – Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1)
Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show (BBC1)
Keith Lemon – Celebrity Juice (ITV2)
Our World War (BBC3)
The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain (BBC4)
The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers Of Empire (BBC2)
Fargo (Channel 4)
The Big Bang Theory – Series 7 (E4)
True Detective (Sky Atlantic)
:: Live Event
D-Day: The Heroes Return (BBC1)
The Grand National (Channel 4)
WW1 Remembered – From The Battlefield & From Westminster Abbey (BBC2)
:: Popular, Factual and Features
50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy (Sky 1HD)
Great British Bake Off (BBC1)
The Island With Bear Grylls (Channel 4)
Billy Connolly – Billy Connolly’s Big Send Off (ITV)
Dr Lucy Worsley – The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain (BBC4)
Grayson Perry – Grayson Perry: Who Are You? (Channel 4)
:: Science and Natural History
Life Story (BBC1)
Live From Space: Lap of the Planet (Channel 4)
The Girl Who Talked To Dolphins (BBC4)
:: Scripted Comedy
Harry And Paul’s Story Of The Twos (BBC2)
Him And Her: The Wedding (BBC3)
Moone Boy – Series 2 (Sky 1HD)
:: Single Documentary
Baby P: The Untold Story (BBC1)
The Paedophile Hunter (Channel 4)
This World: Terror At The Mall (BBC2)
:: Single Drama
Murdered By My Boyfriend (BBC1)
:: Soap and Continuing Drama
Coronation Street (ITV)
:: Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit
Gary Lineker (BBC1)
Gary Neville (Sky Sports)
Hazel Irvine (BBC Sports)
:: Sports Programme
British Grand Prix (BBC2)
The 2014 Ryder Cup (Sky Sports)
World Cup: Germany Vs Brazil (BBC1)
:: Writer – Comedy
Harry Enfield, Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson – Harry And Paul’s Story Of The Twos (BBC2)
Jessica Knappett – Drifters – Series 2 (E4)
Sam Leifer, Tom Basden – Plebs – Series 2 (ITV2)
:: Writer – Drama
Jimmy McGovern – Common (BBC1)
Peter Bowker – Marvellous (BBC2)
Sally Wainwright – Happy Valley (BBC1)
BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson said of the nominations: “I’m thrilled to see this recognition of the BBC’s support for drama.
“The fact that we have scored 15 out of 21 possible nominations, as well as two for factual’s Murdered By My Boyfriend … demonstrates that the BBC is the home of the best drama in the country.”
Published: Wednesday 25th February 2015 by The News Editor