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BAFTA snubs X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent

The BAFTA TV Award nominations for 2015 have been announced and it looks like a certain Mr. Cowell may give the ceremony a miss this year — neither the X Factor nor Britain’s Got Talent are in the running.

There’s been much talk of an X Factor “shake up” this year, with the news long-running and much-loved host Dermot O’Leary was leaving the first big change to be made public. It looks like it’s the right time to revamp the show if the BAFTA TV nominations are anything to go by.

Cowell’s music talent show — as well as his variety show Britain’s Got Talent — are both missing from this year’s nominations list, whereas the shows’ closest rivals Strictly Come Dancing and The Voice are both up for the Entertainment Programme Award. Strictly is also nominated for the Radio Times Audience Award, which is voted for by the public.

More: Who could possibly replace Dermot O’Leary on the X Factor?

Also up for a gong this year is Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock. He faces competition for the Leading Actor Award from Toby Jones for Marvellous, James Nesbitt for The Missing and Jason Watkins for The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies.

Battling it out in the Leading Actress Category are Georgina Campbell for Murdered By My Boyfriend, Keeley Hawes for Line of Duty, Sarah Lancashire for Happy Valley and Sheridan Smith for Cilla.

Here are the BAFTA Television Awards 2015 nominees in full: 

Leading Actor

  • Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock
  • Toby Jones Marvellous
  • James Nesbitt The Missing
  • Jason Watkins The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies

Leading Actress

  • Georgina Campbell Murdered By My Boyfriend
  • Keeley Hawes Line of Duty
  • Sarah Lancashire Happy Valley
  • Sheridan Smith Cilla

Supporting Actor

  • Adeel Akhtar Utopia
  • James Norton Happy Valley
  • Stephen Rea The Honourable Woman
  • Ken Stott The Missing

Supporting Actress

  • Gemma Jones Marvellous
  • Vicky McClure Line of Duty
  • Amanda Redman Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This
  • Charlotte Spencer Glue


  • Cilla
  • The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies
  • Our World War
  • Prey

Drama Series

  • Happy Valley
  • Line of Duty
  • The Missing
  • Peaky Blinders

Soap and Continuing Drama

  • Casualty
  • Coronation Street
  • EastEnders
  • Hollyoaks

Entertainment Programme

  • Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
  • Dynamo: Magician Impossible
  • Strictly Come Dancing
  • The Voice

Specialist Factual

  • David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies
  • Grayson Perry: Who Are You?
  • The Great War: The People’s Story
  • Our Gay Wedding: The Musical

Single Documentary

  • Baby P: The Untold Story
  • Children of Syria
  • The Miners Strike and Me
  • The Paedophile Hunter

Current Affairs

  • “Children of the Frontline” — Dispatches
  • “Ebola Frontline” — Panorama
  • “Inside Kenya’s Death Squads” — al Jazeera Investigates
  • “Terror at the Mall” — This World

News Coverage

  • BBC News at Ten
  • Channel 4 News — “Inside Gaza: Children Under Fire”
  • ITV News at Ten
  • Sky News Live at Five: “Ebola”

Entertainment Performance

  • Ant & Dec Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
  • Leigh Francis Celebrity Juice
  • Graham Norton The Graham Norton Show
  • Claudia Winkleman Strictly Come Dancing

Female Performance In A Comedy Programme

  • Olivia Colman Rev.
  • Tamsin Greig Episodes
  • Jessica Hynes W1A
  • Catherine Tate Catherine Tate’s Nan

Male Performance In A Comedy Programme

  • Matt Berry Toast of London
  • Hugh Bonneville W1A
  • Tom Hollander Rev.
  • Brendan O’Carroll Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special

Single Drama

  • A Poet In New York
  • Common
  • Marvellous
  • Murdered By My Boyfriend

Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme

  • Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe
  • The Graham Norton Show
  • Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle
  • Would I Lie to You?

Reality and Constructed Factual

  • The Apprentice
  • I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
  • The Island with Bear Grylls
  • The Undateables

Situation Comedy

  • Detectorists
  • Harry and Paul’s Story of the Twos
  • Moone Boy
  • The Wrong Mans


  • The Good Wife
  • House of Cards
  • Orange is the New Black
  • True Detective

Factual Series

  • 15,000 Kids and Counting
  • Educating the East End
  • Life and Death Row
  • Protecting Our Parents


  • George Clark’s Amazing Places
  • Grand Designs
  • The Great British Bake Off
  • Long Lost Family

Sport and Live Event

  • 2014 FA Cup Semi final Hull City vs. Sheffield United
  • Monty Python (Mostly) Live: One Down, Five To Go
  • Tour de France
  • WW1 Remembered — From the Battlefield and Westminster Abbey

Radio Times Audience Award (public vote)

  • Cilla
  • EastEnders
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Great British Bake Off
  • The Missing
  • Sherlock
  • Strictly Come Dancing

The House Of Fraser BAFTA Television Awards will take place at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London on May 10.

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