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Broadchurch, Top of the Lake and The Fall lead BPG Awards

ITV's whodunit 'Broadchurch' and the BBC Two crime dramas 'Top of the Lake' and 'The Fall', lead the nominations for the 40th annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards with four nominations each.

Broadchurch: Olivia Colman and David Tennant in a scene from the ITV crime drama

Broadchurch: Olivia Colman and David Tennant in a scene from the ITV crime drama

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BBC Two's nine nominations include Best Drama Series, Best Actor, Best Actress and the Writer’s Award for 'Top of the Lake'. ITV's 'Broadchurch' also received nominations in each of the same four categories.

'The Fall' has four nominations, for Best Drama Series, Best Actress, Best Writer and the Breakthrough Award for the actor Jamie Dornan.

The awards, which are voted for by correspondents, critics and previewers who write about TV and radio, will take place at a lunchtime ceremony at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane next month. 

The shortlist for the Best Multichannel Programme award includes 'Crackanory', which was on UKTV’s Dave, History's 'Shaun Ryder on UFOs', 'The Tunnel' on Sky Atlantic and Sky 1's 'Yonderland'.

The Discovery Channel is the sponsor of the 2014 awards for the second consecutive year.

The shortlist for the radio awards will be revealed next Thursday 27 February.

The full list of TV nominations is:

Best Single Drama

Black Mirror: Be Right Back (Channel 4)
Burton and Taylor (BBC Four)
The Wipers Times (BBC Two)

Best Drama Series

Broadchurch (ITV)
The Fall (BBC Two)              
Top of the Lake (BBC Two)

Best Single Documentary

Dogging Tales (Channel 4)  
The Murder Trial (Channel 4)            
Richard III: The King in the Car Park (Channel 4)
Syria: Across the Lines (Channel 4)

Best Documentary Series

The Call Centre (BBC Three)            
Educating Yorkshire (Channel 4)
The Story of the Jews (BBC Two)  

Best Entertainment/Comedy

Ambassadors (BBC Two)                
Fresh Meat (Channel 4)
Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)                          
Toast (Channel 4)                             

Best Multichannel Programme

Crackanory (Dave)    
Shaun Ryder on UFOs (History)
The Tunnel (Sky Atlantic)
Yonderland (Sky 1)                

Best Factual Entertainment

Gogglebox (Channel 4)
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs (ITV)
The Great British Bake Off, series 4 (BBC Two)     

Best Actor

Chiwetel Ejiofor – Dancing on the Edge (BBC Two)
Rory Kinnear – Southcliffe (Channel 4)                                
Peter Mullen – Top of the Lake (BBC Two)  
David Tennant – Broadchurch (ITV)              

Best Actress

Gillian Anderson – The Fall (BBC Two)
Olivia Colman – Broadchurch (ITV)  
Elizabeth Moss – Top of the Lake (BBC Two)        
Maxine Peake – The Village (BBC One)      

Best Writer

Jane Campion – Top of the Lake (BBC Two)          
Chris Chibnall – Broadchurch (ITV)
Allan Cubitt – The Fall (BBC Two)              
Sally Wainwright – Last Tango in Halifax (BBC One)         

Breakthrough Award

BT Sport (successful launch of a challenger TV brand)
Jamie Dornan (The Fall)
Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary)

Innovation Award

Gogglebox – for an innovative programme format
Netflix – for programming and distribution innovation
Sky Television – for 25 years of innovation

This article was first published on mediaweek.co.uk

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