Last year’s summer of sport has spawned a clutch of BAFTA TV award nominations, with the spectacular London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony’s BBC live broadcast shortlisted in both the Sport and Live category, as well as the Radio Times’ reader voted Audience Choice award.
The Beeb’s coverage of Olympic “Super Saturday” is also in the running, alongside Channel 4’s unprecedented and excellent coverage of the Paralympics. A probable ‘also-ran’ in the category is BBC coverage of the Wimbledon Men’s final, which saw Andy Murray denied the Championship by a majestic Federer — a result happily flipped on its head at the Olympic final.
The glorious LOCOG spoof Twenty Twelve is recognised, with performance nominations for Olivia Colman, Jessica Hynes (way to go!) and Hugh Bonneville. It also gets a highly deserved nomination in the sitcom category bashing heads with the similarly marvellous close-to-the-bone show, The Thick Of It.
It’s a delight to see The Secret History of Our Streets up for the Specialist Factual gong. This was essential London nerd watching which wove social history and the personal stories of local people into spellbinding telly on BBC Four, looking at six streets in Deptford, Camberwell, Caledonian Road, Notting Hill, Bermondsey and Shoreditch.
Other London documentaries which have been nominated include two hospital-based factual series, Great Ormond Street on BBC Two and 24 Hours in A&E from Channel 4. And BBC Two’s, 7/7 One Day in London is up for best single documentary.
The 21st century Sloanes of Made in Chelsea continue to do west London no favours as one of the “constructed factual” contenders *ZOMG*, while east London’s fabled gritty and dramatic character helps Eastenders get another shot at best soap (which it last won in 2011) and the Whitechapel crime-fighting thrills of Ripper Street compete in the shortlist for best drama.
Find out who wins what on Sunday 12 May.
By the way, have you seen BBC Four’s London Collection, available on iPlayer? Looks good.
Olympic Opening Ceremony fireworks photo by Reds. via the Londonist Flickrpool.