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LONDON – Crime drama Breaking Bad and Denmark’s Borgen will take on Netflix’s political drama House of Cards and French supernatural drama The Returned in the international category at this year’s Arqiva British Academy Television Awards.
This year marks the first time web-based broadcasters are eligible to enter competition for the awards dished out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), giving Netflix’s Kevin Spacey starrer House of Cards a tilt at the international category.
BAFTA announced Monday the nominations for the awards, which aim to reward “the very best in television broadcast on British screens over the past year.”
The ceremony will be held at the Theater Royal Drury Lane in the British capital May 18.
Channel 4’s drama Southcliffe and the broadcaster’s comedy The IT Crowd lead the nominations roster with four apiece.
Southcliffe secures its four nominations in the leading actor category for Sean Harris, supporting actor for Rory Kinnear and supporting actress for Shirley Henderson along with a fourth in the miniseries category.
The IT Crowd castmembers Richard Ayoade and Chris O’Dowd compete with Matthew Baynton and James Corden for their turns in The Wrong Mans in the male performance comedy program category.
Ayoade and O’Dowd’s onscreen colleague Katherine Parkinson is nominated in female performance in a comedy program for her role alongside Frances de la Tour for Vicious, Doon MacKichan for Plebs and Kerry Howard for Him & Her: The Wedding.
Him & Her: The Wedding is also nominated in the sitcom category, along with Count Arthur Strong, Toast of London and The IT Crowd.
The Village and Broadchurch follow closely behind with three nominations each, competing across the leading actress, supporting actor and drama series categories.
Maxine Peake and Nico Mirallegro represent The Village with acting nominations and go up against last year’s leading actress winner Olivia Colman and supporting actor David Bradley for their turns in Broadchurch.
Joining them in drama series are My Mad Fat Diary and Jane Campion‘s Top of the Lake.
Alongside Southcliffe’s Harris, the leading actor category features fellow first-time nominees Jamie Dornan for The Fall and Luke Newberry for In the Flesh, with both programs also nominated for miniseries.
The three actors are joined by Dominic West for his portrayal of Richard Burton in Burton and Taylor. West won in this category in 2012 for Appropriate Adult.
Helena Bonham Carter picks up a nomination for her performance as Elizabeth Taylor in Burton and Taylor in the leading actress category alongside The Village’s Peake and Broadchurch’s Colman; Kerrie Hayes completes the lineup for her role in The Mill.
The Great Train Robbery gains the fourth nomination in the miniseries category alongside Southcliffe, The Fall and In the Flesh.
Broadchurch’s Bradley is joined by three first-time nominees in the supporting actor category: Jerome Flynn (Ripper Street), Nico Mirallegro (The Village) and Rory Kinnear (Southcliffe).
Onscreen stepsisters Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker go up against each other in the supporting actress category for their roles in Last Tango in Halifax alongside Claire Rushbrook (My Mad Fat Diary) and Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe).
The nominations for single drama are An Adventure in Space and Time, Black Mirror: Be Right Back, Complicit and The Wipers Times.
Ceremony host and last year’s winner in this category, Graham Norton, is nominated for entertainment performance for The Graham Norton Show, a show that is also nominated for comedy and comedy entertainment program.
Other categories include soap and continuing drama, specialist factual category, factual series, features shows and current affairs.
Channel 4 received 27 BAFTA nominations, the most of any single channel this year and its highest number to date.
Shows airing on BBC across its four channels picked up 43m while commercial broadcaster ITV picked up 14 for ITV and ITV 2 shows.
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