Toast Of London is nominated in the Scripted Comedy category for the Royal Television Society awards
Broadchurch leads RTS Programme Awards nominations
Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker hailed for ITV crime drama, while Channel 4 receives more nods than any other broadcasterl
theguardian.com, Tuesday 4 March 2014 08.02 EST
Olivia Colman has been nominated for an RTS Programme award for her role in Broadchurch. Photograph: Patrick Redmond/ITV
ITV’s murder mystery drama Broadchurch is leading the field in the Royal Television Society Programme Awards nominations with a quartet of nods.
With 19 nominations, Channel 4 had more than any other broadcaster in the shortlists published on Tuesday. BBC1 had 12 nominations with seven for BBC2, eclipsed by 10 (across all its channels) for BSkyB. ITV bagged 15 nominations, with four for ITV2.
Broadchurch star Olivia Colman was nominated for best actress, alongside her fellow Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker, and Sharon Rooney, for E4’s My Mad Fat Teenage Diary in her first major TV role.
Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is nominated for best drama writer (along with Dennis Kelly for Utopia and Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan for Run, both on Channel 4) with the ITV show also in the running for best drama serial, against BBC2’s Top of the Lake and BBC3’s In The Flesh.
My Mad Fat Teenage Diary is also up for the best drama series prize, against Channel 4’s Utopia and BBC2’s Peaky Blinders, but there is nothing in either category for BBC2’s Gillian Anderson thriller, The Fall.
The best male actor award sees Idris Elba nominated for BBC1’s Luther, alongside Stephen Dillane for Sky Atlantic’s The Tunnel and Run star Lennie James.
Another BBC1 face, Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll, is up for best comedy performance, against Rebecca Front, one of the stars of Sky Arts' Psychobitches, and Ryan Sampson of ITV2 comedy Plebs.
It is one of two nods for Psychobitches, which is also up for the comedy writing prize (against James Corden and Mathew Baynton, for their BBC2 show The Wrong Mans, and Plebs writers Sam Leifer and Tom Basden).
Channel 4’s Matt Berry comedy Toast of London is nominated for the scripted comedy award, along with Plebs and Sky 1’s Charlie Brooker spoof, A Touch of Cloth II.
Gogglebox – the Channel 4 show featuring people watching the week’s TV – is up for the best popular factual and features prize, up against Lost Lost Family and fellow Channel 4 show Gadget Man.
The BBC's coverage of Andy Murray's historic win in the Wimbledon men's final is shortlisted for the live event prize, up against Sky Sports' The Ashes and BBC3's Bollywood Carmen Live.
EastEnders, which is in the midst of a revamp after a difficult year, misses out in the soap and continuing drama category, where Casualty, Coronation Street and Emmerdale are nominated.
Richard III: King in the Car Park, on Channel 4, is up for the best history award, along with Secrets from the Workhouse (ITV) and The Story of the Jews (BBC2).
The RTS Programme Awards, hosted by comedian Tim Vine, take place on 18 March in London.