Cranford, Dame Judi Dench lead Bafta TV award nominations

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London, Mar 19 : BBC drama 'Cranford' and its star Dame Judi Dench led the pack of nominations for the Bafta TV award.

The drama based on the books by Elizabeth Gaskell takes the most nominations with three and Judi Dench racked up a record 24th nomination, including her previous nominations for film, reports the Mirror.

In the best actor category, Andrew Garfield, lauded for his performance in the Channel 4 film 'Boy A,' is up against Tom Hardy for the critically-acclaimed 'Stuart: A Life Backwards,' Matthew Macfadyen for his role as a sex offender in 'Secret Life,' and Antony Sher for the 'Auschwitz-set Primo.'

In the Entertainment Programme category, 'Britain's Got Talent' received a nod, along with the three-times-nominated 'Strictly Come Dancing.'

The high-rating reality shows will compete against 'Have I Got News for You' and 'Harry Hill's TV Burp.'

The oft-nominated Coronation Street was left off this year's list of Continuing Drama contenders, with The Bill, EastEnders, Emmerdale, and Holby City competing for the award.

The list of some nominations is as follows:

Best Actor

Andrew Garfield, Boy A, Channel 4 om Hardy,Stuart: A Life Backwards, BBC2 atthew Macfadyen, Secret Life, Channel 4 ntony Sher, Primo, BBC4

Best Actress

Eileen Atkins, Cranford, BBC1 udi Dench, Cranford, BBC1 ina McKee,The Street, BBC1 ierston Wareing, It's A Free World,Channel 4

Best Drama Series

Life on Mars, BBC1 ome, BBC2 kins, E4 he Street, BBC1

Best Drama Serial

Britz, Channel 4 ranford, BBC1 ive Days, BBC1 urphy's Law, BBC1

Best Features

Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection, BBC2 amsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Channel 4 he Secret Millionaire, Channel 4 op Gear, BBC2

Best Entertainment Programme

Britain's Got Talent, ITV1 arry Hill's TV Burp, ITV1 ave I Got News For You, BBC1 trictly Come Dancing, BBC1

Best Comedy Programme

The Armstrong and Miller Show, BBC1 onejacker, Channel 4 ussell Brand's Ponderland, Channel 4 tar Stories, Channel 4

Sky+ Audience Award for the Programme of the Year

The Apprentice ndrew Marr's History of Modern Britain ritain's Got Talent ranford avin and Stacey trictly Come Dancing

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