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Kumars lead Bafta shortlist
Kumars at No 42
The spoof chat show has been a critical hit
Spoof chat show The Kumars at No 42 leads the nominations for this year's Bafta TV Awards.

The show, featuring Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal, has three nominations in the UK television industry's leading awards ceremony.

It is up for best entertainment programme or series, facing BBC One's Test The Nation and Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, as well as ITV1's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Meanwhile, Bhaskar and Syal compete against each other in the entertainment performance category.

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They face sacked Have I Got News For You presenter Angus Deayton - who left the series last October after revelations about his private life - and the show's team captain Paul Merton.

Kenneth Branagh has two nominations for best actor, for Channel 4's Shackleton and BBC Two's Conspiracy.

He faces Albert Finney and James Nesbitt, for The Gathering Storm and Bloody Sunday.

Jessica Stevenson, who rose to fame in sitcom Spaced, is up for a best actress award for the BBC's Tomorrow La Scala!

She faces heavyweight competition in the form of Sheila Hancock for Bedtime, Vanessa Redgrave for The Gathering Storm, and Julie Walters for Murder.

EastEnders and Coronation Street will do battle for the best soap prize again, with the BBC's daytime serial Doctors and Channel 4's Hollyoaks also nominated.

ITV's Bloody Sunday is also up for the best single drama award, against the BBC trio of Tomorrow La Scala!, Conspiracy, and Flesh & Blood.

Hairdressing drama Cutting It is up for best drama series, facing Clocking Off, Spooks, and Channel 4's Teachers.

EastEnders, Pop Idol, Foyle's War, Coronation Street and Auf Wiedersehen Pet have been shortlisted for the Lew Grade audience award in a Radio Times public vote.

Weakest Link presenter Anne Robinson will host the awards, to be held on 13 April.

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