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Sci-fi shows' Bafta Cymru battle

Aliens from Torchwood and Doctor Who
Alien rivalry - Torchwood and Doctor Who will battle for an award

Doctor Who will fight it out with its spin-off series Torchwood in a bid to claim the top honours at this year's Bafta Cymru awards.

The sci-fi programmes - made by BBC Wales - go head-to-head in the best drama series category, along with fellow BBC show Belonging.

ITV Wales' The History of Mr Polly and BBC Wales' Coal House are also up for a number of awards.

The ceremony will be hosted by Blue Peter's Gethin Jones on 27 April.

The star-studded event will be held at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay for the first time in the awards' 17 year history.

The awards, which celebrate the best in Welsh film, television and new media, are once again dominated by Doctor Who, which has received eight nominations and Torchwood, which has received four.

NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS:
BBC Wales - 35 nominations
S4C - 41 nominations
ITV Wales - 10 nominations
Source: BBC Wales, ITV Wales and S4C

The nominations for Doctor Who and Torchwood feature heavily in the craft, production and writing categories.

But, unlike last year, there are no nominations for the best actor award for the programme's leading men.

Only Torchwood's Eve Myles is shortlisted for best actress, which she won last year.

She is up against Rebecca Harries for her role in Belonging and Anne-Marie Duff, who starred in ITV Wales' The History of Mr Polly, which was shot on location in Wales and is nominated for seven awards in total.

The nominees for best actor are Rhodri Evan (Cowbois ac Injans), Richard Harrington (Daddy's Girl) and Matthew Gravelle (Y Pris).

Eve Myles and Anne-Marie Duff
Eve Myles and Anne-Marie Duff lead the best actress nominees

BBC Wales' Coal House, the series that transported three families back to the South Wales coalfield of the 1920s, has received three nominations, including best factual programme, while Coal House Interactive is up for best new media.

Menna Richards, controller of BBC Wales said: "It's wonderful to see such a wide range of nominations in so many categories. Congratulations to all those who have been nominated."

The best film category has the line-up of Daddy's Girl, a first feature debut for DJ Evans, Small Country (Calon Gaeth) a bilingual love story adapted from the novel by Sian James and Summer Scars, the fourth feature film from Newport-born Julian Richards.

Welsh-language productions also feature heavily in this year's nominations, including Y Pris, Caerdydd and Calon Gaeth leading the way.




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