Bafta TV awards: Sharon Horgan gets two nominations

Netflix’s muscles in on the traditional broadcasters as Black Mirror and The Crown take three nominations

The Crown and Black Mirror helped Netflix to a strong performance in the TV Bafta nominations, as the streaming giant's Royal and sci-fi dramas shared top spot with the BBC's Line of Duty and Three Girls with three nominations each.

Irish comedian and scriptwriter Sharon Horgan picked up two nominations for Catastrophe. She was nominated for best female performance in a comedy programme and the show, which she co-created and co-stars in with Rob Delaney, got the nod for best scripted comedy.

Other nominations of Irish interest include Graham Norton (Entertainment performance, The Graham Norton Show, BBC One); Sinead Keenan and Brian F O'Byrne (lead actress, Supporting actor, (Little Boy Blue, ITV) and Adrian Dunbar (Supporting actor, Line of Duty, BBC One)

Claire Foy, who plays the Queen in The Crown and has been caught in the middle of a pay gap dispute after it was revealed Matt Smith was paid more than her, was nominated for best actress for a second year in a row. Vanessa Kirby, who plays Princess Margaret, repeated her nod in the supporting actress category, while The Crown will compete for best drama along with End of the F***ing World (Channel 4), Line of Duty (BBC One) and Peaky Blinders (BBC).


The BBC's Line of Duty was recognised in the acting categories with Thandie Newton (lead actress) and Adrian Dunbar. Netflix's six nominations in the major categories were rounded out by Black Mirror with Joe Cole (who also stars in Peaky Blinders) being nominated for lead actor for his performance in Hang The DJ.

Tim Pigott-Smith, who died in April last year, received a posthumous nomination for his performance in King Charles III in the lead actor category, which also saw Sean Bean (Broken) and Jack Rowan (Born To Kill) receive nods.

Three Girls , the drama based on the Rochdale sexual abuse scandal, was recognised with three nominations – Molly Windsor goes up in the best actress category.

West Country mockumentary This Country received several nominations in the comedy categories with lead actors, and real life brother and sister Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper, both recognised for acting and writing.

The show, which won plaudits for its farcical take on rural life in Gloucestershire, has been one of the BBC’s big critical hits of the last year and has recently returned for a second season.

International television was once again dominated by the US, with Handmaid’s Tale (Channel 4), Big Little Lies (Sky Atlantic), Feud: Bette and Joan (BBC Two), and the documentary series The Vietnam War (BBC Two) all up for the gong.

It was another year of diverse nominees – in some areas – after last year’s pledge from the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV to commission more work from writers and actors from different backgrounds.

Related: Bafta TV awards 2018: full list of nominations

Comedy saw Asim Chaundry from People Just Do Nothing and Samson Kayo from sketch show Famalam were both recognised in best male performance while Chewing Gum and Timewasters, shows with majority black casts, were nominated in best comedy. The lead drama categories were less diverse, with Thandie Newton being the only person of colour recognised.

In the factual category, David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II will go up against Jean-Michel Basquiat documentary Basquiat: Rage to Riches, and two other BBC Two productions: Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain and Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents.

The TV Baftas will take place on Sunday 13 May with Sue Perkins hosting the event.