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S4C heads Bafta Cymru awards shortlist

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Three television broadcasters in Wales have secured nearly 80 nominations between them for this year's Bafta Cymru awards.

S4C is in line for 44 awards while BBC Wales has been handed 31 nominations and ITV Wales three.

Among the programmes vying for a famous Bafta mask are Doctor Who, the S4C film Ryan a Ronnie and the ITV drama, A Plot to Kill a Prince.

The shortlists also recognise factual, youth and music programmes.

S4C's 44 nominations cover a wide range of productions - including documentaries, light entertainment and music programmes.

The wide range of programmes in all genres reflects the depth of talent and creativity on the part of television producers throughout Wales
Rhian Gibson, S4C's director of commissioning

The film Ryan a Ronnie has been nominated for six major awards and leads the S4C charge.

The categories include best film/drama, best screenwriter and Aled Pugh has received a best actor nomination for his portrayal of Ryan Davies.

The documentary series Dwy Wraig Lloyd George gyda Ffion Hague, which features an insight into the women in Lloyd George's life, is nominated in three categories.

Rhian Gibson, S4C's director of commissioning, said: "I am very pleased to see so many S4C programmes nominated at this year's Bafta Cymru.

"The wide range of programmes in all genres reflects the depth of talent and creativity on the part of television producers throughout Wales."

The BBC's nominations also cover 23 different categories of production, including best television drama series for Doctor Who and Torchwood, best news and current affairs for One Family In Wales and Panorama - Save Our Steel.

BBC Wales' director, Menna Richards described the number of nominations for BBC Wales as "impressive".

"It is thanks to their dedication and passion for programme-making that BBC Cymru Wales enjoys such acclaim, both within Wales and beyond," she said.

"This impressive number of nominations across such a broad range of categories is a real tribute to the extraordinarily talented people who make BBC Cymru Wales programmes."


A Bit Of Tom Jones? by Andrew Jenkins and Peter Watkins-Hughes is also up for best film. Watkins-Hughes is also nominated for best short film with Cow.

Meanwhile, ITV Wales, which makes programmes in Welsh for S4C, is nominated for three awards.

Hacio G20 is vying for the best youth programme, A Plot to Kill a Prince is nominated for best drama, while the current affairs programme Byd y Bedwar is also in line for an award.

The winners will be announced at the Bafta Cymru Awards ceremony on 23 May at the Wales Millennium Centre.

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