Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith, Modern Family, and Ricky Gervais’s An Idiot Abroad all scored nods for the 2012 BAFTA TV awards. The most nominations went to serial killer thriller Appropriate Adult (not yet broadcast in the U.S.), which netted five noms including acting awards for its stars Dominic West, Emily Watson, and Monica Dolan (Never Let Me Go). Modernized Holmes-and-Watson mystery Sherlock followed close behind with three nominations for leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, plus Andrew Scott as the diabolical Moriarty. Smith will compete to win Best Supporting Actress, while her co-star Hugh Bonneville, though not nominated for Downton, earned a nod for the comedy program Twenty Twelve.
An Idiot Abroad is categorized as “Reality & Constructed Factual,” while Modern Family competes in the international race alongside the Danish inspiration for The Killing, Forbrydelsen. In documentaries, the September 11-based program 9/11: The Day That Changed the World was also acknowledged, and last April’s Royal Wedding could win the BAFTA for “Sport & Life Event” coverage (though I hear fellow nominee Frankenstein’s Wedding: Live in Leeds was positively electrifying).
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