Command performance: BBC rules BAFTA TV noms with 37

'Longford' drama lord of Channel 4

The BBC amassed 37 nominations, including two each in the best actor and actress categories, to dominate the field Wednesday as the 2007 BAFTA Television Award nominations were announced (HR 4/12).

The awards, the annual gala highlight of the U.K. television industry, will be televised live May 20 on BBC1.

With 20 nominations, Channel 4 is the pubcaster's closest rival, while ITV stands third with 14. The Five channel racked up two noms, and digital network Sky One earned three.

"Longford," Channel 4's examination of the aftermath of the chilling 1970s Moors murders, earned four nominations and will see co-stars Jim Broadbent and Andy Serkis compete for the best actor award alongside John Simm from BBC1's "Life on Mars" and Michael Sheen in "Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!"

"Longford," written by Peter Morgan, also is up for best single drama, competing against "Fantabulosa," "The Road to Guantanamo" and "Housewife 49."

"Mars" was nominated in the best drama series category alongside first-timers "The Street" and "Sugar Rush" and third-time nominee "Shameless." In the drama serial category, "Prime Suspect: The Final Act" takes on "The Virgin Queen," "See No Evil: The Moors Murders" and drama thriller "Low Winter Sun."

In the debuting international category, "Entourage," "House," "Lost" and "My Name Is Earl" will face off for the prize.

"Virgin Queen" star Anne Marie Duff, "Housewife 49" actress and comedian Victoria Wood, "Longford" star Samantha Morton and "Jane Eyre" star Ruth Wilson will compete for the best actress nod.

A full list of nominees is at www.hollywood reporter.com.
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