Mirren still rolling with RTS nom


LONDON -- Fresh off her best actress Oscar for "The Queen," Helen Mirren is in the running for the Royal Television Society's top acting nod, this time for reprising the role of Detective Inspector Jane Tennyson in the final "Prime Suspect," it was announced Monday.

The annual RTS awards will be held March 13 at the Grosvenor House hotel on London's Park Lane.

The Granada-produced drama that has gripped audiences since Mirren debuted the role in 1991 also has been nominated in the best drama series category along with Channel 4 cop drama "Low Winter Sun" and Sky One fairytale "Hogfather."

Nominated alongside Mirren in the best actress category are Susan Lynch for her portrayal of a police sign-language interpreter who becomes involved with a deaf murder suspect in the BBC2/Blast Films production "Soundproof" and Julia Davis for her portrayal of '60s TV cook Fanny Cradock in BBC4 drama "Fear of Fanny."

Jim Broadbent's portrayal of the British peer who attempted to befriend Moors murderer Myra Hindley in "Longford," a Granada/HBO production for Channel 4, will compete for best actor against Philip Glenister in "Life on Mars" and Michael Sheen for his role in Kenneth Williams biopic "Fantabulosa."

Controversial Channel 4 drama "Death of a President" will compete for the best digital channel program against BBC3 classical music extravaganza "Manchester Passion" and BBC4 entertainment show "Charlie Brooker's Screen Wipe."

"Doctor Who," "Life on Mars" and "The Street" are in competition for the best drama series award, while in the international category the HBO-produced "Baghdad E.R." takes on "Entourage" and Canal Plus-produced "Spiral."