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Wood nominated for record Bafta
Victoria Wood played a wartime housewife in the drama

Comic Victoria Wood has gained a record 12th Bafta television award nomination for her role in drama Housewife, 49.

Jim Broadbent and Andy Serkis have gained best actor nods for Longford, shortlisted in four categories.

John Simm has also been nominated for Life on Mars, which reached its conclusion on Tuesday night.

Extras stars Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant go head to head for best comedy performance, against Dawn French and The Royle Family star Liz Smith.

Victoria Wood is a queen of comedy in some ways. She has now been at the top of her game for 20 years - fantastic success story, that
Bafta chairman Peter Salmon

The veteran actress, who gains her first nomination in 18 years, has been recognised for her role as Nana in the one-off episode of the Manchester-based sitcom, subtitled the Queen of Sheba.

The programme, which depicted the death of Smith's character Nana, is also shortlisted for best situation comedy.

In the entertainment programme category, last year's winner The X Factor is once again in the running, alongside Dancing on Ice, the BBC's How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria and illusionist Derren Brown's The Heist.

Final chapter

Ant & Dec, Jonathan Ross, Paul Merton and Stephen Fry are vying for the best entertainment performance award.

After an absence of six years, Emmerdale returns to the best continuing drama category, along with EastEnders, Coronation Street and medical series Casualty.

Graham Norton and 'Maria' winner Connie Fisher
Connie Fisher won BBC show How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria

The final chapter of Prime Suspect gained a nomination for best drama serial, but its star, Dame Helen Mirren, did not make the acting shortlist.

Housewife, 49, which was created by Victoria Wood, gains a nomination for best single drama, alongside Longford, The Road to Guantanamo and Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!

The Apprentice and Dragon's Den have both made the features category, along with The Choir and Channel 4 series The F Word, starring chef Gordon Ramsay.

The international category is dominated by US series, with House, Lost, Entourage and My Name Is Earl nominated for the award.

The Bafta Television Awards ceremony will take place at the London Palladium on 20 May.


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