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Life On Mars leads TV nominations
John Simm (left) and Philip Glenister in Life on Mars
Life on Mars' John Simm and Philip Glenister have best actor nods
The BBC's Life On Mars and Channel 4 drama Longford lead this year's Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, with four nominations each.

They are both up for awards for best drama, writing, and best actor or actress awards.

Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren also has a nod for best actress for her role in ITV1's Prime Suspect: The Final Act.

The awards, judged by 100 journalists specialising in TV and radio, will be handed out on 23 March.

The popular Life on Mars has been nominated for best drama series; two best actor awards and the writer's award.

Longford - a drama based on the relationship between Moors murderer Myra Hindley and the late prison campaigner Lord Longford - is nominated for best single drama, best actor, best actress, and the writer's award for Peter Morgan. It starred Jim Broadbent as Lord Longford, and Samantha Morton as Myra Hindley.

BBC One's Jane Eyre also receives two nominations: for best drama series and best actress (Ruth Wilson).

Sheen shortlisted

The other nominee for best actress is Sue Johnston (Waking The Dead, The Street and The Royle Family), while Michael Sheen will compete for the best actor award, for his performance as Kenneth Williams in Fantabulosa, as well as HG Wells: War with the World, and Ancient Rome.

The Royle Family: Queen of Sheba, an hour-long special on BBC One, has been nominated for the comedy/entertainment award.

It is up against BBC One's How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria, and BBC Two's That Mitchell and Webb Look.

Stephen Poliakoff is nominated for the writer's award, for the BBC's Friends and Crocodiles and for Gideon's Daughter, which is also nominated as best single drama.

It will compete with ITV1's See No Evil: The Moors Murders, as well as Longford and Prime Suspect.

BBC Two's The Line of Beauty is nominated as best drama series, against Jane Eyre and Life on Mars.

The winners will be announced at the guild's awards lunch on 23 March.

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