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Miranda show leads TV nominations

Miranda Hart
Miranda Hart has also starred in Smack the Pony, Lead Balloon and Not Going Out

BBC Two comedy Miranda leads the nominations for the 2009 prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) awards.

Miranda Hart is up for best comedy performance, while she and fellow writers James Cary and Richard Hurst are nominated for best comedy writing.

The show is also in the running for best scripted comedy up against E4's The Inbetweeners and BBC Two's The Thick of It.

Julie Walters is up for best actress for A Short Stay in Switzerland.

Based on the true story of a terminally ill woman who ends her life in a Zurich clinic, the drama won Walters the best actress prize at the International Emmys last year.

Social misfit

Naomie Harris is also nominated for her role in BBC One's Small Island and ex-Coronation Street star Suranne Jones gets a nod for ITV1's Unforgiven.

Miranda Hart's six-part series began on BBC Two in November and is semi-autobiographical. She plays a social misfit who lives above the joke shop that she owns and is often at loggerheads with her overbearing mother, played by Patricia Hodge.

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly
McPartlin and Donnelly recently triumphed at the National Television Awards.

Andrea Levy drama Small Island receives another nomination, this time for best actor for David Oyelowo.

He is joined by Tom Hardy for Sky One's The Take and Stephen Graham for his portrayal of an alcoholic who finds out he has a son with Down's Syndrome in Jimmy McGovern's The Street.

The Thick of It star Peter Capaldi and Gavin and Stacey's Ruth Jones are in the running for best comedy performance alongside Hart.

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are nominated for best entertainment performance for their turn on Britain's Got Talent and I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, both on ITV1.

They are up against Harry Hill for Harry Hill's TV Burp, also for ITV1, and Michael McIntyre for the BBC's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BBC One's Occupation and The Street and Channel 4's Red Riding will battle it our for best drama serial, while ITV1 big-hitters Britain's Got Talent and X Factor take on BBC Four's Newswipe with Charlie Brooker in the entertainment category.

Casualty and EastEnders face The Bill in best soap and continuing drama.

The award ceremony takes place on 16 March at the Grosvenor Hotel in London and will be hosted by actor and comedian Rob Brydon.



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