Jonathan Ross gets BAFTA TV nom

Host was suspended by BBC bosses for three months

LONDON -- Controversial talk show host Jonathan Ross has been nominated for a BAFTA TV award for his weekly BBC1 entertainment show "Friday Night With Jonathan Ross."

The nomination comes despite Ross being suspended by BBC bosses for three months at the beginning of the year for his role in making obscene phone calls that were broadcast on BBC Radio Two.

Ross, who returned to TV screens in January and who recently presented the British Academy film awards, is nominated in the best entertainment performance category. He will compete alongside Stephen Fry for BBC2 quiz show "QI," comedian Harry Hill for ITV1's satirical show "Harry Hill's TV Burp," and Ant and Dec, hosts of ITV1's "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here." "Burp" and "QI" are also nominated in the best entertainment program category alongside ITV1's "X factor" and Channel 4's "Friday Night Project."

In the International category, "Mad Men," is pitted against "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "Dexter," and "The Wire," which achieves its first BAFTA nomination.

Revamped family sci-fi hit "Doctor Who" has been selected in the best drama series category, alongside Channel 4's tragi-comic social satire "Shameless," BBC1's Kenneth Branagh detective thriller "Wallander" and "Spooks," the BBC1 MI6 spy drama.

In the best actress category, 82-year old soap star June Brown, who has played the beleaguered Dot Cotton in BBC1's long-running drama "EastEnders" for over twenty years, has been nominated for her episode-long monologue in the show that sees her character recording a message for her husband, who has suffered a stroke. She faces competition from rising star Andrea Riseborough, for the BBC4 Margaret Thatcher biopic "The Long Walk to Finchley," Maxine Peake for BBC4's "Hancock and Joan" and Anna Maxwell Martin for BBC1's "Poppy Shakespeare."

Ben Whishaw in BBC1's "Criminal Justice," Ken Stott in "Hancock and Joan" Jason Isaacs in BBC4's "The Curse of Steptoe," and Stephen Dillane in Channel 4's "The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall," were nominated in the best actor category.

"Criminal Justice" was also nominated for best drama series alongside "Dead Set," "The Devil's Whore," and HBO/BBC2 co-pro "House of Saddam."

"Harry and Paul, "The Peter Serafinowicz Show," "Star Stories and "That Mitchell and Web look" are in the draw for best comedy program.

The awards will be held at the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank on Sunday April 26.
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