Former Doctor Who star David Tennant will do battle with his successor Matt Smith at Britain's upcoming TVChoice Awards. Smith has won a Best Actor nomination for his role as the Time Lord in the cult sci-fi show, and he will go up against the man he replaced, Tennant, who has a nod for his part in hit crime drama Broadchurch.
The two Doctors also face competition from the stars of two period dramas - Jeremy Piven for his role in Mr Selfridge and Downton Abbey's Brendan Coyle.
Tennant's Broadchurch co-star Olivia Colman will also go up against Smith's sci-fi sidekick Jenna Coleman for the Best Actress award, along with Call The Midwife's Miranda Hart and Sheridan Smith for Mrs Biggs.
Popular murder mystery Broadchurch is also featured in the Best New Drama category, along with Gillian Anderson's thriller The Fall, Mr Selfridge and detective series Ripper Street, while Best Drama will be a fight between Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Call The Midwife and Waterloo Road.
The trophies will be handed out at a ceremony in London on 9 September (13).
Actress Olivia Colman was the toast of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards on Sunday (12May13) after picking up two trophies. The Iron Lady star took home the Best Supporting Actress prize for Accused and Best Female in a Comedy Programme for Twenty Twelve.
Praising her fellow nominees Miranda Hart, Jessica Hynes and Julia Davis during her second trip to the podium, she joked, "I'm not even the funniest one in our own programme."
A tearful Sheridan Smith struggled to contain her emotions at the London ceremony as she picked up the Lead Actress trophy for ITV drama Mrs Biggs, based on the true story of the wife of the notorious Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs.
Funnyman Steve Coogan won Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for Welcome to the Places of My Life, while Ben Whishaw took home the Best Actor award for Richard II (The Hollow Crown).
Comedy legend Michael Palin was presented with a Bafta Fellowship by fellow Monty Python member Terry Jones, and said of his prize, "This is a fantastic honour for which I feel deeply unworthy. It is an award for thoroughly enjoying myself for the last 48 years."
Popular TV series Game of Thrones was crowned the Radio Times Audience Award winner and talk show host Graham Norton, who hosted the event at the Royal Festival Hall, landed Best Entertainment Performance for The Graham Norton show.
If you had to choose between Girls, Game of Thrones, and Homeland, which one would you say is your favorite show? We know, this is tough question. The shows are all equally entertaining, but in very different ways. These and other series have been pitted against each other in the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards (put out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) international category. Up against Danish/Swedish crime drama The Bridge, only one of these four shows can come out the winner. Which one will it be?
See the full list of 2013 BAFTA Television nominees below.
2013 BAFTA TV Nominees:
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 PERFORMANCE:Alan Carr, Alan Carr: Chatty Man Ant and Dec, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show Sarah Millican, The Sarah Millican Show
FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAM:Jessica Hynes, Twenty Twelve Julia Davis, HunderbyMiranda Hart, Miranda Olivia Colman, Twenty Twelve
MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAM:Greg Davies, Cuckoo Hugh Bonneville, Twenty Twelve PeterCapaldi, The Thick Of It Steve Coogan, Welcome To The Places Of My Life
SINGLE DRAMA :Everyday, Revolution Films/Channel 4 The Girl, Wall to Wall/BBC Two Murder, Touchpaper TV/BBC Two Richard II(Hollow Crown), Neal Street Productions co-production with NBC Universal and WNET Thirteen/BBC Two
MINI-SERIES:Accused, RSJ Films/BBC One Mrs Biggs, ITV Studios/ITV Parade’s End, Mammoth Screen/BBC Two Room At The Top, Great Meadow Productions/BBC Four
DRAMA SERIES:Last Tango In Halifax, Red Production Company/BBC One Ripper Street, Tiger Aspect Productions/BBC One Scott And Bailey, Red Production Company/ITV Silk, BBC Productions/BBC One
SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA: Coronation Street EastEnders Emmerdale Shameless
INTERNATIONAL:The BridgeGame of ThronesGirlsHomeland
FACTUAL SERIES:24 Hours In A&E, Garden Productions/Channel 4Great Ormond Street, Films of Record/BBC TwoMake Bradford British, Love Productions/Channel 4Our War, BBC Productions/BBC Three
SPECIALIST FACTUAL:All In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry, Seneca Productions/Channel 4The Plane Crash, Dragonfly Productions, MAP TV/Channel 4The Plot To Bring Down Britain’s Planes, Raw TV/Channel 4The Secret History Of Our Streets, Century Films, Halcyons Heart Films/BBC Two
SINGLE DOCUMENTARY:7/7: One Day In London, Minnow Films/BBC TwoBaka: A Cry From The Rainforest, River Films/BBC TwoLucian Freud: Painted Life, Blakeway Productions/BBC TwoNina Conti – A Ventriloquist’s Story: Her Master’s Voice, Nina Conti in association with the BBC/BBC Four
FEATURESBank Of Dave, Finestripe Productions/Channel 4Grand Designs, Boundless/Channel 4The Great British Bake Off, Love Productions/BBC TwoPaul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs, Shiver/ITV
REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL:The Audience, The Garden Productions/Channel 4I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, ITV Studios/ITVMade In Chelsea, Monkey Kingdom/E4The Young Apprentice, Boundless Productions/BBC One
CURRENT AFFAIRS:Britain’s Hidden Housing Crisis(Panorama Special), Genie Pictures Ltd/BBC OneThe Other Side Of Jimmy Savile(Exposure), ITV Studios/ITVThe Shame Of The Catholic Church(This World), BBC Northern Ireland/BBC TwoWhat Killed Arafat?(Al Jazeera Investigates), Al Jazeera English/Al Jazeera English
NEWS COVERAGE:BBC News At Ten: Syria, BBC News/BBC One & BBC News ChannelChannel 4 News: Battle For Homs, ITN/Channel 4Hillsborough – The Truth At Last(Granada Reports), ITV Granada/ITV
SPORT & LIVE EVENT:The London 2012 Olympics: Super Saturday, BBC Sport/BBC OneThe London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isle Of Wonder, Done & Dusted/BBC OneThe London 2012 Paralympic Games, Sunset & Vine, IMG/Channel 4Wimbledon 2012 – Men’s Final, BBC Sport/BBC One
ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM:Dynamo Magician Impossible, Phil McIntyre Entertainment, Inner Circle Films/WatchThe Graham Norton Show, So Television/BBC OneHave I Got News For You, Hat Trick Productions/BBC OneA League Of Their Own, CPL Productions/Sky One
COMEDY PROGRAM:Cardinal Burns, Left Bank Pictures/E4Mr Stink, BBC Productions in association with Bert Productions/BBC OneThe Revolution Will Be Televised, Hat Trick Productions/BBC ThreeWelcome To The Places Of My Life, Baby Cow/Sky Atlantic
SITUATION COMEDY: Episodes, Hat Trick Productions/BBC TwoHunderby, Baby Cow/Sky Atlantic The Thick Of It, BBC Productions/BBC Two Twenty Twelve, BBC Productions/BBC Two
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Sherlock and Doctor Who were among the favourites to win prizes at the London ceremony after garnering a total of five nominations between them, but it was Julian Fellowes' popular series, starring Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery, which landed the top honour.
Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of the fictional detective and Matt Smith's role as the Time Lord were also snubbed in the Best Male Performance in a Drama category - Colin Morgan claimed that title for his axed BBC series Merlin.
Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillen also missed out on an award - she lost out to Call the Midwife's Miranda Hart in the Best Female Performance category.
Meanwhile, long-running soap opera Coronation Street was a double winner at the event - it was named Best Serial Drama and Best Serial Drama Performance went to Alan Halsall.
Sir David Attenborough's Frozen Planet was named Best Documentary Series and Best Situation Comedy was handed to Mrs Brown's Boys.
Other winners at the annual TV prizegiving included Eastenders' David Witts (Best Newcomer), I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (Best Entertainment Programme), This Morning (Best Daytime Programme), QI (Best Comedy Panel Show) and Strictly Come Dancing (Best Talent Show).
Meanwhile, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were named Best Entertainment Presenters for the 12th year in a row.
They will compete with Downton Abbey and Merlin for the Best Drama prize, and Steven Moffat, who writes and produces both Sherlock and Doctor Who, is hoping for a dead heat.
He says, "Well this is very flattering, but also terrifying. I hope everyone votes with tremendous care and the result is an exact draw between both shows."
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and Doctor Who lead Matt Smith are both up for the Best Male Drama Performance prize, against Merlin's Colin Morgan and Daniel Mays, who is tipped for his portrayal of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs in drama Mrs Biggs.
Mays' co-star Sheridan Smith has been nominated in the Best Female Drama Performance category, and goes up against Doctor Who's Karen Gillan, Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife) and Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey).
The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at the O2 Arena in London on 23 January (13).
The actors will take to the stage for one night only at St. Martin's Theatre in London on Sunday (18Nov12) to perform a reading of the world's longest-running stage production.
Nicholas Farrell, Iain Glen, Tamsin Greig, Miranda Hart and Harry Lloyd complete the cast for the 25,000th performance of the play, which premiered on 6 October 1952.
All proceeds from the night will be donated to the Mousetrap Theatre Projects, a charity dedicated to bringing the magic of theatre into the lives of young people.
Officials from the U.K.'s Women in Film and TV organisation have created a countdown of the country's biggest and brightest talents to celebrate the ladies who have made an impact on the entertainment industry.
Other celebrities to make the cut include actresses Dame Maggie Smith, Carey Mulligan, Naomie Harris and Miranda Hart, while The Iron Lady director Phyllida Lloyd, Wuthering Heights filmmaker Andrea Arnold and We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay have also earned a mention.
The annual event in London celebrates the UK's biggest comedy talents on stage and TV, and was presented by Jonathan Ross.
Pop superstar Minogue gave the actors of hit show The Inbetweeners the trophy for Outstanding Achievement after the series' big screen adaptation proved to be a major success at the box office earlier this year (11).
Mirren was also on hand to award the team behind hit current affairs show Have I Got News For You the Lifetime Achievement title.
Veteran funnywoman Victoria Wood was honoured with the prize for Best Female Television Comic, while There's Something About Mary star Lee Evans went home with The Channel 4 award for Special Contribution to Comedy.
Best TV Comedy Actress went to Miranda Hart for her popular sitcom Miranda, while Graham Norton was named Best Comedy Entertainment Personality for his self-titled U.K. chat show.
Bosses at Britain's National Trust have lined up the comics to record anecdotes which will be installed into seats in beauty spots across the country.
The benches will also be engraved to match the personality of the speaker.
Fry says, "I am very proud to be associated with a bench and I hope I provide comfort and solace for many a weary bottom."
Award-winning comedienne Hart adds, "The idea of being somebody's Bench Mate and chatting to them while they get to experience a beautiful view is a lovely, nay, tremendous idea."
The Bridget Jones's Diary star walked away with the Best Actor trophy for his portrayal of Logan Mountstuart in the British TV adaptation of William Boyd's novel.
Former D:Ream star-turned-physicist Professor Brian Cox was also a big winner at the annual prizegiving, taking home two trophies. He saw off competition from Piers Morgan to win Best Presenter for his Wonders Of The Solar System show, as well as the science and natural history trophy for the same programme.
Meanwhile Simon Cowell's TV talent contest The X Factor won the Best Entertainment Title.
British funnywoman Miranda Hart won two awards for Best Comedy Performance and Best Scripted Comedy for her hit BBC sitcom Miranda.