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Misfits leads Bafta TV nominations

Sci-fi drama Misfits is leading this year's TV Bafta nominations, with recognition in four categories.

The E4 series is up for best drama series, while Robert Sheehan and Lauren Socha are nominated for best supporting actor and actress.

Doctor Who's Matt Smith has had his first nomination, for leading actor.

He is up against two-time Bafta winner Jim Broadbent for Any Human Heart, Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock and Daniel Rigby for Eric and Ernie.

Juliet Stevenson gets a best actress nomination for Jimmy McGovern's The Accused, alongside two-time former winner Anna Maxwell Martin for South Riding, Vicky McClure for This is England '86 and Natalie Press for Suffolk murders drama Five Daughters.

BBC One's Sherlock has three nominations, as has Channel 4's Any Human Heart and BBC Four drama, The Road to Coronation Street.

The Road to Coronation Street, about the beginnings of the long-running ITV1 soap opera, is up for best single drama.

It has two nominations for supporting actress with first nominations for both EastEnders actress Jessie Wallace and Lynda Baron, who played Pat Phoenix and Violet Carson.

BBC Two's Morcambe and Wise biopic, Eric and Ernie, Channel 4's I Am Slave and BBC Two's The Special Relationship are also up for best single drama.

Image caption Nominee Graham Norton will host the awards ceremony

Aside from Cumberbatch's nomination, BBC One's Sherlock is also up for best drama series, while Martin Freeman is nominated for best supporting actor.

Any Human Heart's other nominations are for Gillian Anderson for best supporting actress and drama serial.

Sky One's Mad Dogs, BBC Two's the Sinking of the Laconia and Channel 4's The Promise are also in the running for best drama serial.

Three new shows are up for best situation comedy - BBC Two's The Trip and Rev and BBC One's Mrs Brown's Boys, alongside Channel 4's Peep Show.

Waterloo Road receives its first nomination in the continuing drama category, joining previous winners Casualty, Coronation Street and EastEnders.

BBC Three sci-fi drama Being Human is nominated for best drama series alongside Misfits - last year's winner - ITV1 costume drama Downton Abbey and Sherlock.

Two Channel 4 series - Come Dine With Me and Hugh's Fish Fight - will battle it out in the features category alongside BBC Two's Mary Queen of Shops and Sky One's Pineapple Dance Studios.

Eleventh nomination

In the international category, Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire on Sky Atlantic takes on E4's Glee and two shows broadcast on BBC Four - The Killing and Mad Men.

Channel Four documentaries One Born Every Minute and Coppers take on BBC One's The Young Ones and BBC Two's Welcome to Lagos are in the best factual series category.

Graham Norton, who announced the Bafta nominations on Tuesday, gets his first nomination since 2002 in the entertainment category for BBC One's The Graham Norton Show.

Have I Got News For You gets its eleventh nomination in the same category. The X Factor and The Cube are also shortlisted.

Best comedy programme hopefuls are Sky One's Catherine Tate's Little Cracker, BBC One's Come Fly With Me, E4's Facejacker and BBC Two's Harry and Paul.

The BBC garnered three out of four nominations in the sports category - 6 Nations - England v Wales, Formula 1 - The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Wimbledon 2010. ITV1's coverage of last year's FA Cup Final: Chelsea v Portsmouth was also nominated.

The Bafta Television Awards will be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday 22 May.

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