Ireland’s Aisling Bea, Niamh Algar, Denise Gough and Sharon Horgan among the Bafta TV nods, while AIDS crisis drama It’s A Sin leads the pack

Channel 4 series It’s A Sin leads the nominations at the Bafta television awards, where it is in contention for 11 gongs.

Written and created by Queer As Folk and Doctor Who screenwriter Russell T Davies, the series followed a group of gay men and their friends as they navigated the HIV/AIDS crisis in Britain in the 80’s and early 90’s.

The show’s 11 nominations, including five in the Craft categories and six in the Television Awards categories, include nods for Davies in the Writers category, as well as a Leading Actor nomination for singer Olly Alexander for his role as Ritchie Tozer.

His co-star Lydia West was nominated in the Lead Actress category alongside Kate Winslet, who starred in HBO/Sky Atlantic’s Mare Of Easttown, marking the Titanic star’s first nomination for a television appearance, although she had previously been nominated for a film nominated and won Baftas and is a past winner of the Britannia Award.

Also nominated in the Leading Actress category are Irish actress Denise Gough, Emily Watson for ITV’s ‘Too Close’, Jodie Comer for Channel 4 drama ‘Help’ and Irish actor Niamh Algar for Channel 4’s ‘Deceit’.

Irish comedian Aisling Bea is also nominated for Best Female Comedy Performance for This Way Up, in which she stars with compatriot Sharon Horgan, while Cork-born Graham Norton for both Best Entertainment Program and Best Entertainment Performance is nominated.

Channel 4’s ‘Motherland’, starring Sharon Horgan, is also nominated for Best Screenplayed Comedy.

Stars competing against Years & Years singer Alexander in the Leading Actor category include David Thewlis for Landscapers, Hugh Quarshie for ITV’s Stephen, Samuel Adewunmi for BBC’s You Don’t Know Me, Sean Bean for Time and Stephen Graham for Channel 4s Help.

Sky drama Landscapers, which also starred Olivia Colman, who is not nominated in the performance categories, is the second most nominated TV show with seven total nominations, five in the craft categories and two in the TV categories.

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Inspired by real events, the series starred Colman and Thewlis as a mild-mannered couple whose lives are turned upside down after bodies are discovered in the garden of a Nottingham home.

The landscape artist nominations include the categories of Directed Fiction, Original Music, Lead Actor and Miniseries.

Help, Time and We Are Lady Parts all received six nominations, Netflix’s Sex Education received five nominations, and A Very British Scandal starring Claire Foy and Paul Bettany as the Duke and Duchess of Argyll in the drama series about the high-profile couple Split in the 1960s, has four nominations in the craft categories.

Comedian, presenter and star of The IT Crowd Richard Ayoade will host the Virgin Media Bafta TV Awards ceremony for the third consecutive year, returning to London’s Royal Festival Hall on May 8th.

The Bafta TV Craft Awards will take place on April 24th. Ireland’s Aisling Bea, Niamh Algar, Denise Gough and Sharon Horgan among the Bafta TV nods, while AIDS crisis drama It’s A Sin leads the pack

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