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Bleak House leads Bafta nominees
Anna Maxwell Martin and Denis Lawson in Bleak House
Bleak House was split into 15 parts for the TV adaptation
The BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House heads the nominees for the 2006 Bafta TV awards with four nominations in major categories.

The series is up for best drama serial, with Gillian Anderson and Anna Maxwell Martin nominated for best actress and Denis Lawson competing for best actor.

Noel Edmonds has been nominated for hosting gameshow Deal Or No Deal.

"It's clear Noel loves the show and equally clear that the audience love him," said a spokeswoman for the show.

Dominates

Edmond's nomination for best entertainment performance is a first Bafta nod in a which began in the 1970s.

Political comedy The Thick of It has three nominations, with The Catherine Tate Show and Extras getting two each.

ITV has just seven of the 76 nominations. The BBC has 47 and Channel 4 has 20, while Five and Sky have one each.

The BBC dominates the drama serial category, with Bleak House competing with Fingersmith, Funland and To the Ends of the Earth.

Channel 4 dramas The Queen's Sister, about the life of Princess Margaret, and The Government Inspector, which depicted the David Kelly affair, both have two nominations each.

LEADING BAFTA NOMINEES
Four nominations:
Bleak House
Three nominations:
The Thick of It
Two nominations:
The Catherine Tate Show, Coast, Dispatches, Extras, The Government Inspector, The Queen's Sister, Shameless, Top Gear

Both are up for best single drama, along with Red Dust and Much Ado About Nothing.

Lucy Cohu, who played Princess Margaret, is competing for best actress against Anne-Marie Duff from Shameless and Bleak House's Gillian Anderson and Anna Maxwell Martin.

Mark Rylance, who played weapons inspector Dr Kelly, is in the running for best actor, along with Denis Lawson from Bleak House and Rufus Sewell for The Taming of the Shrew.

Bernard Hill is also nominated for his performance as former Home Secretary David Blunkett in the More4 satire A Very Social Secretary.

The Thick of It is nominated for best sitcom, while two of the satire's stars, Peter Capaldi and Chris Langham, in the running for best comedy performance.

Also nominated are Ashley Jensen from Extras and Catherine Tate for The Catherine Tate Show.

Extras, Ricky Gervais' follow-up to The Office, is also up for best sitcom, along with Peep Show and The Worst Week of My Life.

Catherine Tate
Catherine Tate plays schoolgirl Lauren in her sketch show

Battling it out for best comedy are The Catherine Tate Show, ITV1 Aardman animation Creature Comforts, therapy spoof Help and last year's winner Little Britain.

Noel Edmonds is up for best entertainment performance for Channel 4's Deal or No Deal, the first Bafta nomination in a TV career which began in the 1970s.

Doctor Who, which returned to BBC One last year, was shortlisted in the best drama series category.

The nomination, its first Bafta nod since 1977, will see it compete with Bodies, Shameless and Spooks.

Soaps Coronation Street and EastEnders are both nominated in the best continuing drama category, along with Holby City and Casualty.

Saturday night rivals The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing are among the nominees for the Lew Grade entertainment programme award.

The main TV news networks' coverage of the July 7 bombings dominates the news coverage category.

Coronation Street's Shelley, played by Sally Lindsay, and Charlie, played by Bill Ward.  Image credit ITV/PA
Coronation Street included a domestic violence storyline

Sky News and BBC Ten O'Clock News coverage of the attacks are up for the award, while the ITV Evening News team's reporting on the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes is also nominated.

The sport category includes Channel 4's coverage of The Ashes and ITV1's broadcast of Liverpool's dramatic Champions League final win over AC Milan.

Channel 4 programme Jamie's School Dinners, which saw Jamie Oliver raise the issue of pupils' meals, is among the factual series nominees.

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, presented by fellow celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, is up for best feature, along with business reality show The Apprentice, starring Sir Alan Sugar.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 7 May.


SEE ALSO:
Bleak House wins TV drama award
15 Mar 06 |  Entertainment
Bleak House finale tops ratings
17 Dec 05 |  Entertainment
Bafta TV Awards 2006: The shortlist
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