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Gervais leads battle for Baftas
Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais is hoping for a hat-trick of comedy performance Baftas
Stars of BBC shows The Office and Little Britain will fight for the title of best comedy performance at next month's Bafta TV awards.

Ricky Gervais - who has won the comedy acting award for the past two years - is nominated with Office co-star Martin Freeman for the two Christmas specials.

Little Britain's Matt Lucas and David Walliams are the other nominees.

The Office is also in line for a hat-trick of best sitcom wins, while Little Britain is up for best comedy series.

In the drama categories the investigative thriller State of Play leads the field with three nominations.

Matt Lucas and David Walliams

Bill Nighy and David Morrissey from State Of Play feature in the best actor category, along with Jim Broadbent for The Young Visiters and new Dr Who Christopher Eccleston for his performance in The Second Coming.

State of Play has also been recommended for best drama serial.

Gervais, who recently became the first UK actor to win a comedy prize at the Golden Globe awards, almost missed out on his latest Bafta nomination when the BBC missed the deadline for putting his name forward.

However, Bafta allowed his name to be added to the longlist after the "clerical error" was explained.

Other nominees for best sitcom are Marion and Geoff, Peep Show and Hardware - while Bo Selecta, Creature Comforts: Cats Or Dogs? and Double Take are the other contenders for comedy programme or series.

John Simm in State of Play

In the drama series category, Clocking Off will compete with Buried, Foyle's War and William and Mary.

An episode from Canterbury Tales, featuring Julie Walters as The Wife Of Bath, is up for best single drama along with The Deal, This Little Life and Danielle Cable: Eyewitness.

BBC soap EastEnders failed to get recognition this year, but its ITV1 rival Coronation Street has been nominated for best continuing drama.

The Lost Prince's Gina McKee and Miranda Richardson will compete for the best actress prize - along with Helen Mirren for Prime Suspect and Julie Walters for the Chaucer adaptation.

The awards, hosted by Davina McCall, will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 18 April.




SEE ALSO:
Gervais may snub BBC with new act
15 Mar 04  |  Entertainment
Gervais added to Bafta longlist
09 Feb 04  |  Entertainment
Christmas at The Office with Ricky Gervais
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