IT Crowd and Southcliffe lead Bafta TV nominations

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IT Crowd stars Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson and Chris O'DowdImage source, CHANNEL 4
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Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson and Chris O'Dowd are each nominated for a Bafta

Channel 4's comedy series The IT Crowd and crime drama Southcliffe are both leading this year's Bafta TV nominations with four nods each.

ITV police drama Broadchurch is up for three Baftas, along with BBC One drama The Village.

Olivia Colman, who won two Baftas last year, has been nominated for her leading role in Broadchurch.

Bafta said Channel 4 had a total of 27 nominations - the most of any single channel this year.

The ceremony will be hosted by Graham Norton, who is also up for best entertainment performance for his BBC One chat show.

The IT Crowd's Richard Ayoade and Chris O'Dowd, who star as hapless computer nerds, are each nominated for best male performance in a comedy. Their co-star Katherine Parkinson has been nominated for best female in a comedy and the show's final episode is up for best sitcom.

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Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter are each up for an acting Bafta

Four-part crime drama Southcliffe has been shortlisted for best mini-drama and its star Sean Harris is up for best leading actor while his co-stars Rory Kinnear and Shirley Henderson have been recognised in the best supporting actor and actress categories.

Colman won a best supporting actress Bafta last year for Accused and another for best female in a comedy programme for Twenty Twelve.

The Village's Maxine Peake and Nico Mirallegro are in the running for leading actress and supporting actor in The Village, which is also nominated for best drama.

Broadchurch also has nods for David Bradley for best supporting actor and best drama.

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Strictly Come Dancing has had its first Bafta nomination in six years

Other nominees in the best actor category include first-time nominees Jamie Dornan for The Fall and Luke Newberry for In the Flesh, plus Dominic West - who played Richard Burton in Burton and Taylor.

Newcomer Dornan is also playing the lead role in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film.

West's co-star Helena Bonham Carter is nominated for best actress for her role as Elizabeth Taylor in the BBC Four drama and is up against Kerrie Hayes in Channel 4's The Mill.

Norton is competing in the best entertainment performance with Sarah Millican for The Sarah Millican Television Programme, Charlie Brooker for 10 O'Clock Live and Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly for Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

The international category has pitted crime drama Breaking Bad (USA) against political dramas House of Cards (USA) and Borgen (Denmark) and French supernatural drama The Returned. This is the first year that programmes shown exclusively online in the UK have been allowed to compete, which meant Breaking Bad and House of Cards were eligible.

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Broadchurch has three nominations

Strictly Come Dancing has received its first Bafta nomination in six years for best entertainment programme, alongside Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery and Dynamo: Magician Impossible.

Strictly is also receiving this year's Special Award at the Television Craft Awards ceremony on 27 April.

The Great British Bake Off has been nominated in the best feature category alongside The Choir: Sing While You Work, Grand Designs and Long Lost Family. Bake Off has won the Bafta for the last two years running.

Best situation comedy will see Count Arthur Strong battle it out with Him & Her: The Wedding, and Toast of London.

The shows competing for best single drama are An Adventure in Space and Time, Black Mirror: Be Right Back, Complicit and The Wipers Times, while the programmes in the specialist factual category are David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive; Martin Luther King and the March on Washington; Richard III: The King in the Car Park and Story of the Jews.

Voting opens on Monday for the publicly-voted Radio Times Audience Award with a choice of Breaking Bad, Broadchurch, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, Educating Yorkshire, Gogglebox and The Great British Bake Off.

This year's ceremony will be held on Sunday 18 May.

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