BBC4′s Hancock and Joan picks up three Bafta nominations

BBC4’s biopic Hancock and Joan, which told the story of Tony Hancock and his relationship with Joan Le Mesurier, has received three nominations for this year’s British Academy Television Awards.

Its stars Ken Stott and Maxine Peake are nominated in the best actor and actress category respectively, while the show itself is up against BBC2’s Einstein and Eddington, Channel 4’s The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall and BBC2’s White Girl in the Single Drama category.

In the best actress category, Peake faces competition from Anna Maxwell Martin for her turn in Poppy Shakespeare on Channel 4, Andrea Riseborough for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Long Walk to Finchley on BBC4, and June Brown for EastEnders.

Brown’s nomination in the Actress category marks the first time the actress, who plays Dot in the soap, has received a Bafta nomination, and the first time in 20 years that a soap actress has been nominated.

Meanwhile, Stott is up against Stephen Dillane for The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, Jason Isaacs for BBC4 biopic The Curse of Steptoe and Ben Whishaw for Criminal Justice on BBC1.

In the Drama Series category, Doctor Who, Shameless, Spooks and Wallander will go head to head for the Bafta, and in the category of best drama serial Criminal Justice will face competition from The Devil’s Whore, House of Saddam and Channel 4’s Zombie drama Dead Set.

The zombie genre also gets a nod in the best interactivity category, with Bryony Makes a Zombie Movie up against Merlin, Embarrassing Bodies Online and Olympics 2008.

In the Continuing Drama section, The Bill, Casualty, EastEnders and Emmerdale will compete for the Bafta, while Stephen Fry, Harry Hill, Ant and Dec and Jonathan Ross will battle it out for best entertainment performance.

The Sunday Night Project, Harry Hill’s TV Burp, QI and The X Factor are all nominated for best entertainment programme, while Harry and Paul, The Peter Serafinowicz Show, Star Stories and That Mitchell and Webb Look are up for the title of best comedy.

Elsewhere, The Inbetweeners, The IT Crowd, Outnumbered and Peep Show will compete for the best sitcom Bafta, and Rob Brydon, Sharon Horgan, David Mitchell and Claire Skinner will compete for the Bafta for best comedy performance.

The awards will be presented on Sunday, April 26 at the Royal Festival Hall.

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