Mrs Brown's Boys up for a Bafta

Shortlists revealed


It was roundly slammed by the critics, but Mrs Brown’s Boys has landed a Bafta nomination for the best sitcom on British TV.

Brendon O’Carroll’s BBC One show has been shortlisted alongside Peep Show, Rev and The Trip.

Rev’s Tom Hollander has also been nominated for best male performance in a comedy role in a shortlist which breaks up several acting partnerships usually seen as equal.

James Buckley is the only member of The Inbetweeners ensemble to receive a nod; David Mitchell is honoured for his Peep Show role – but Robert Webb isn’t; and Steve Coogan gets recognised for the Trip, but not Rob Brydon.

Brydon is, however, nominated for best entertainment performance for his BBC Two talk show. Stephen Fry, Harry Hill and Graham Norton are also in the running.

Nominated for best female comedy performer are Jo Brand for Getting On, Dawn French for Roger And Val Have Just Got In, Miranda Hart for Miranda and Katherine Parkinson for The IT Crowd.

And Sky One’s new move into creating original comedy programming has been rewarded with a Bafta nomination for Catherine Tate’s Little Cracker. It is up for best comedy alongside Come Fly With Me, Facejacker, and Harry and Paul.

There’s also good news for stand-up Daniel Rigby, who has been nominated for best actor for his role as a young Eric Morecambe in the BBC Four biopic Eric And Ernie.

He has made a formidable list that also includes Jim Broadbent for Any Human Heart, Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock and Matt Smith for Doctor Who.

The programme itself, which also starred Victoria Wood, is up for best single drama against I Am Slave, The Road To Coronation Street and The Special Relationship.

In other categories: Have I Got News For You and The Graham Norton Show have been shortlisted for best entertainment programme, alongside The Cube and X Factor.

And Miranda is the only comedy up for the YouTube audience award, against Downton Abbey, The Killing, Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, The Only Way is Essex and Sherlock.

Published: 26 Apr 2011

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