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Anthony Hopkins and Tom Courtenay land Royal Television Society nominations

Anthony Hopkins and Tom Courtenay will compete against each other for a top prize at Britain’s Royal Television Society Programme Awards.
The Silence of the Lambs actor has been nominated for the male actor award for his performance in U.K. TV show The Dresser, while 45 Years star Courtenay lands a nod for Unforgotten. Adam Long rounds out the category for factual drama Don’t Take My Baby.
Historical drama Wolf Hall scored two mentions for Drama Serial and best actress for Claire Foy, who portrays Henry VIII’s wife Anne Boleyn, while sitcom Catastrophe earned three for Scripted Comedy, Writer – Comedy and Comedy Performance for both stars Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney.
Other actress nominees include Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) and Claire Rushbrook (Home Fires). Wolf Hall will compete with The Lost Honour and This Is England ’90 for Drama Serial while sci-fi thriller Humans is nominated for Drama Series alongside No Offence and The Last Kingdom.
Soap and Continuing Drama nominees include Coronation Street, EastEnders, and Emmerdale.
This year marks a change in the judging panel for the awards as well, following the debate surrounding the lack of diversity at the 2016 Oscars.
“We have substantially changed the make-up of the judging chairs and the juries to a pattern that I feel is now more representative of Britain and of our viewers,” Alex Mahon, who chairs the awards, told the BBC.
“This year, of the 200 or so jurors, we moved to 52 per cent female and 27 per cent BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic). Talking to the chairs it was clear that the tone of the conversations in the jury rooms changed for the better too.”
The winners will be announced in a London ceremony on 22 March (16).

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