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Broadcasting Press Guild Awards: Hugh Grant and Benedict Cumberbatch lead nominations

Find out who else has been nominated for this year’s awards.

A Very English Scandal
Credit: Sony Pictures

The nominations for this year’s Broadcasting Press Guild Awards (The BPG Awards), sponsored by Virgin Media, have been revealed.

Hugh Grant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Keeley Hawes and Ruth Wilson lead the nominations. Each of the actors is nominated for TV performances based on real people, in dramas which have themselves been shortlisted for this year’s awards.

The BPG Awards recognise work commissioned or produced in the UK and screened in 2018 and are chosen independently by TV and radio correspondents, critics and previewers.

The 45th annual BPG Awards will be held at Banking Hall in the City on Friday March 15th 2019.

David Bouchier, Virgin Media Chief Digital Entertainment Officer, said: “Virgin Media is delighted to be sponsoring the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2019 for the third consecutive year. It’s great to be a part of this prestigious event that celebrates the TV people love.”

The full list of nominations is:

Best Single Drama/Mini Series

  • A Very English Scandal (BBC One + Amazon)
  • Mrs Wilson (BBC One)
  • The ABC Murders (BBC One + Amazon)

Best Drama Series

  • Bodyguard (BBC One)
  • Killing Eve (BBC Three + BBC America)
  • Patrick Melrose (Sky Atlantic + Showtime)
  • Vanity Fair (ITV)

Best Single Documentary

  • Drowning In Plastic (BBC One)
  • Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage (Channel 4)
  • Grenfell (BBC One)

Best Documentary Series

  • Inside the Foreign Office (BBC Two)
  • Michael Palin In North Korea (Channel 5)
  • Stephen: The Murder That Changed A Nation (BBC One)
  • Why Does Everyone Hate the English? (History)

Best Online First / Streaming

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)
  • Killing Eve (BBC Three)
  • People Just Do Nothing (BBC Three)
  • This Country (BBC Three)

Best Comedy

  • Car Share (BBC One)
  • Derry Girls (Channel 4)
  • Inside No 9 – Live Halloween Special (BBC Two)
  • Women on the Verge (W)

Best Entertainment

  • Jane McDonald Goes Cruising (Channel 5)
  • Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (BBC One)
  • Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing (BBC Two)
  • Strictly Come Dancing, Series 15 (BBC One)
  • Taskmaster, Series 7 (Dave)

Best Actor

  • Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
  • Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Best Actress

  • Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
  • Keeley Hawes, Bodyguard + Mrs Wilson
  • Ruth Wilson, Mrs Wilson
  • Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Best of Multichannel

  • Patrick Melrose (Sky Atlantic + Showtime)
  • Taskmaster, Series 7 (Dave)
  • Why Does Everyone Hate the English? (History)
  • Women on the Verge (W)

Best Writer

  • David Nicholls, Patrick Melrose (Sky Atlantic + Showtime)
  • Lisa McGee, Derry Girls (Channel 4)
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Killing Eve (BBC Three + BBC America)
  • Russell T Davies, A Very English Scandal (BBC One + Amazon)

Innovation in Broadcasting Award

  • Cameroon: Anatomy of a Killing, BBC Africa Eye – for exposing ‘fake news’ claims
  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Netflix – for a ground-breaking form of storytelling
  • The Circle, Channel 4 – for taking the next step in factual entertainment

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