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Olympics opening ceremony among Bafta nominations

Fireworks at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony
Image caption More than 24 million people watched the opening ceremony live last July

The 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and popular drama Call the Midwife are among six programmes vying to take the Radio Times audience title at this year's Bafta Television Awards.

They will compete against US drama series Homeland and The Great British Bake Off in a public vote.

Also nominated are Strictly Come Dancing and Game of Thrones.

Previous winners of the award include comedy game show, Celebrity Juice and Channel 4 sitcom, The Inbetweeners.

"It's a shortlist which perfectly captures a simply sensational television year," said Ben Preston, Editor of the Radio Times.

"From Danny Boyle's Olympic Opening night extravaganza to a vintage Strictly and a monster hit like Call The Midwife, there's something for everyone.

"This is a shortlist to savour and squabble over - and now it is up to the viewers to decide the winner," he said.

Amanda Berry, chief executive of Bafta, said the shortlist - selected by a panel of 19 media journalists - "reflects the increasing diversity of tastes among British viewers".

"Each one of the programmes has captured our attention, and it will be fascinating to see which one is the public's favourite when we reveal the winner," she added.

Members of the public will be able to vote for their favourite programme of 2012 from 21:00 BST on Tuesday until midnight on Thursday, 9 May.

The awards ceremony, hosted by Graham Norton, will be held at the Royal Festival Hall, on London's South Bank, on Sunday 12 May and broadcast on BBC One.

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