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Monday, 16 April, 2001, 23:45 GMT 00:45 UK
Quiz show rivals in Bafta fight
Chris Tarrant
Chris Tarrant will go head to head with Anne Robinson
Anne Robinson and Chris Tarrant will battle it out at the Bafta TV awards after being nominated for their quiz shows.

The Weakest Link and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? have been nominated for best entertainment programme at the the British Academy of Film and Television (Bafta) awards for best entertainment series alongside So Graham Norton and Have I Got News For You.

The winners of the Radio Times-backed awards will be announced on 13 May at a ceremony in London to be broadcast on BBC One.

Ben Fogle of Castaway
Ben Fogle captured hearts in Castaway 2000
Oscar-nominated actress Judi Dench will once more be on tenterhooks as she is nominated for best actress for her role in the Last of the Blonde Bombshells.

The actress has already picked up a Golden Globe for her performance in the BBC drama.

She competes against Geraldine James for The Sins, Amanda Redman for At Home with the Braithwaites, Fay Ripley for Cold Feet and Alison Steadman for Fat Friends.

Ladies man

Best actor nominations are split between Michael Gambon for Longitude, Stephen Mackintosh in Care, Pete Postlethwaite in The Sins and Ken Stott for The Vice.

EastEnders has won the best soap award two years running and this time is up against Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale.

Ali G creator Sacha Baron Cohen is running against the ladies in the best comedy performance category.

Pete Postlethwaite
Pete Postlethwaite's is nominated for best actor for Sins
Also nominated are Caroline Aherne for The Royle Family, Kathy Burke for Gimme Gimme Gimme and Dawn French in the Vicar of Dibley.

But the best entertainment performance is an all male affair with Rory Bremner, Graham Norton, Angus Deayton and Paul Merton all nominated.

Innovation

The BBC has been picked up 41 of the 77 nominations.

It has secured all four nominations for best single drama and its Castaway 2000 is recognised alongside Big Brother in the innovation category.

Ali G
Ali G goes up against the ladies for best comedy performance
Castaway is also recognised in the factual series with Britain at War, Fifteen and Horizon.

The Richard Dimbleby Award for best presenter recognises a broad spectrum of talent from Jeremy Paxman to Louis Theroux for his Weird Weekends.

The Lew Grade Audience Award will be voted for by the readers of the Radio Times.

The shortlisted shows are A Touch of Frost (ITV), Hero of the Hour (ITV), Inspector Morse (ITV), Seeing Red (ITV) and Vicar of Dibley (BBC).

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