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The Fall, Broadchurch and Top of the Lake compete for awards

image captionJamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson are both nominated for The Fall

The Fall, Broadchurch and Top of the Lake lead the nominations for this year's Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.

All three crime series are up for four prizes, including best drama.

Broadchurch's David Tennant and Olivia Colman are nominated in the acting categories, along with Top of the Lake's Elisabeth Moss and Peter Mullan and The Fall's Gillian Anderson.

Following his Bafta win on Sunday, Chiwetel Ejiofor is nominated for his performance in Dancing on the Edge.

The best actor category is completed by Rory Kinnear for Channel 4's Southcliffe, while The Village star Maxine Peake is also up for best actress.

The top dramas also do battle in the best writer category, with Jane Campion (Top of the Lake), Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) and Allan Cubitt (The Fall) all in the running alongside Sally Wainwright (Last Tango in Halifax).

The awards, now in their 40th year, are voted for by BPG members - journalists who write about TV and radio including correspondents, critics and previewers.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 28 March.

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image captionCritics praised Colman and Tennant's performances in Broadchurch
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image captionElisabeth Moss won a Golden Globe for her performance in Top of the Lake

The Fall's Jamie Dornan - soon to be seen in the film adaptation of EL James's best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey - is nominated for this year's breakthrough award.

Given to people or organisations who achieved a new level of success last year, he is up against My Mad Fat Diary star Sharon Rooney and new channel BT Sport.

Channel 4 series Gogglebox is in the running for two prizes including best factual entertainment show, where it will vie against The Great British Bake Off and ITV's Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs.

Gogglebox's unique format - filming people watching and discussing television in their own homes - has also seen the show nominated for this year's innovation award.

It will compete against Netflix, nominated for its "programming and distribution innovation", and Sky Television, nominated for "25 years of innovation".

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image captionPete, Linda and their son George regularly feature on Gogglebox

Channel 4 programmes have the most nominations this year, its 10 citations including all four nominees in the best single documentary category.

The nominations for Dogging Tales, The Murder Trial, Richard III: The King in the Car Park and Syria: Across the Lines guarantee the channel will walk away triumphant.

BBC Two lags just behind with nine nominations, including those for The Fall and Top of the Lake and Simon Schama's The Story of the Jews in the documentary series category.

The latter programme is nominated against BBC Three's The Call Centre and Educating Yorkshire, previously recognised at this year's Broadcast and National Television Awards.

Strictly Come Dancing and Fresh Meat go head to head in a combined entertainment and comedy category.

Other nominated programmes include the Be Right Back edition of Black Mirror, Burton and Taylor, Yonderland and The Tunnel.

The shortlists for radio broadcaster and radio programme of the year will be announced next week.

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