Benedict Cumberbatch leads TV award nominees

Rebecca Hall and  Benedict Cumberbatch in Parade's End Rebecca Hall and Benedict Cumberbatch in Parade's End

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall are among the nominees for the 39th annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.

The pair are up for best actor and actress for their roles in BBC Two drama Parade's End, which leads the field with five nominations.

Parade's End also features in the best drama series category, where it will compete with Last Tango in Halifax, Line of Duty and Sherlock.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in London next month.

Cumberbatch, whose nomination also recognises his performance in Sherlock, faces competition his from Parade's End co-star Roger Allam; Ben Whishaw for his roles in Richard II and The Hour; and Peter Capaldi, for The Thick Of It and The Hour.

Hall is up against Sienna Miller, for The Girl; Anna Chancellor, who starred in Pramface and The Hour; Olivia Colman, for Accused and Twenty Twelve; and Maxine Peake, from Silk and Room At The Top).

Sir Tom Stoppard completes the Parade's End shortlist with his nomination for the BPG Writer's Award, while Masterchef: The Professionals and the Great British Bake Off go head-to-head in the Best Factual Entertainment category, alongside Paul O'Grady: For The Love of Dogs and Who Do You Think You Are?

The awards will be held at the Gladstone Library in London's Whitehall Place on Thursday 14 March.

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