BAFTA TV Awards: A look at the main nominations

BAFTA TV Awards: As This Is Going To Hurt, The Responder and The Crown battle it out – a look at the main nominations as stars descend on London for the glitzy ceremony

The 2023 British Academy TV Awards with P&O Cruises is set to take place on Sunday night, with some of the UK’s biggest stars descending on London’s Royal Festival Hall for the glitzy ceremony.

Leading the nominations this year is the heartbreaking medical drama This Is Going To Hurt and gritty police series The Responder, who both received the most nods with six each.

BBC have received the most nominations out of all the broadcasters across the main and Craft categories, with 47 nods in total, Channel 4 received 21 and ITV scored 15. 

Comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan have been confirmed to host, while Michelle Visage and Clara Amfo will present coverage of the red carpet.

So, as the countdown begins until the BAFTA TV Awards, MailOnline takes at the look at the biggest nominees hoping to scoop a prize.

This Is Going To Hurt

Praised: Based on the memoir by NHS doctor Adam Kay, This Is Going To Hurt was acclaimed by critics when it debuted on BBC last year, and has earned six nominations

Based on the memoir by NHS doctor Adam Kay, This Is Going To Hurt was acclaimed by critics when it debuted on BBC last year.

The series, which is set on an NHS labour ward and shows the brutally honest challenges faced by a junior doctor, has been nominated six times.

Among them is a Best Actor nomination for star Ben Whishaw, and he will go up against Cillian Murphy for Peaky Blinders, Gary Oldman for Slow Horses, Taron Egerton for Black Bird, Chaske Spencer for The English and Martin Freeman for The Responder.

The show has also landed a nod for Best Mini-Series, but will face tough competition.

The Responder 

Praised: A drastic shift from his beloved role in Sherlock, Martin Freeman has earned a Best Actor nod for his role in The Responder

A drastic shift from his beloved role in Sherlock, Martin Freeman was lauded for his performance in The Responder.

The six-part miniseries was written by ex-police officer Tony Schumacher, with the story following crisis-stricken, unconventional officer Chris as he works a series of night shifts while on the beat. 

His character battles to keep things together both professionally and personally as his marriage is on the rocks, while he’s also struggling with his mental health.

With Chris forced to work with new rookie partner Rachel (Adelayo Adedayo), both officers will have learn that in order to survive the high-pressure and unabating environment of the night shift, they’ll have to work together.

The new show is based around the real-life experiences of ex-Merseyside officer and first-time writer Tony, and ‘held up a mirror up to the emotional, heartbreaking extremes of modern day policing’.

The Responder also six nominations, including Best Drama Series, Best Actor for Freeman and Best Supporting Actor for Josh Finan.

Bad Sisters

Praise: Bad Sisters was lauded by fans when it hit Apple TV+ and has received five nominations, including Best Drama Series

Bad Sisters was lauded by fans when it hit Apple TV+ and has received five nominations, including Best Drama Series and Best Supporting Actress for star Anne-Marie Duff.

In the eight-part series Eve Birthistle played Becka, one of the Garvey sisters who seemingly work together to kill the abusive husband of elder sibling Grace, played by former Shameless star Anne-Marie.

Created by Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan the series also starred Dracula’s Claes Bang.

The Crown

MORE series! The Crown’s fifth series failed to earn a Drama Series nomination, but did land a nod for Best Actress

Since hitting Netflix in 2016, The Crown has gripped viewers with its depiction of the history of The Royal Family, and the most recent fifth series has proven to be no different.

The show’s latest run moved into the 1990s, depicting the crumbling of Charles’ marriage to Princess Diana, and saw the Royal Family plunged into crisis by a series of scandals.

It’s earned a Best Actress nomination for Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Best Supporting Actor for Salim Daw as Mohamed Al-Fayed, but was snubbed for a nod for Best Drama Series.

The English

Period acclaim: Released late last year, The English, starring Emily Blunt, has earned a total of five nominations, including Best Actor

Released late last year, The English has earned a total of five nominations, including Best Actor for Chaske Spencer as Sgt. Eli Whipp. 

The show saw Emily Blunt star as a lady thrown into the wild landscape of mid-America in the late 19th Century, who joins forces with an ex-cavalry scout to reach the new town of Hoxem, all the while embroiled in a tale of love and revenge. 

The plot follows Cornelia who arrives into the the West – which is where she meets ex-cavalry scout Whipp – to wreak revenge on the man she sees as responsible for the death of her son.

Cornelia and Eli soon discover a shared history which must be defeated at all costs, if either of them are to survive. 

Slow Horses

Back on the (small) screen! Marking Oscar winner Gary Oldman’s return to TV, Slow Horses earned the star his first BAFTA TV nomination for Best Actor

Marking Oscar winner Gary Oldman’s return to TV, Slow Horses earned the star his first BAFTA TV nomination for Best Actor.

It was also nominated in: Editing: Fiction, Original Music: Fiction and Sound: Fiction, and Jack Lowden earned a nod for Supporting Actor.

Oscar-winning actor Gary Oldman takes the lead as Cold Warrior Jackson Lamb in the series while Kristin takes on the role of a spymaster.

Slow Horses is the television adaptation of Mick Herron’s Slough House book series, about a group of M15 misfits annexed into obscurity.

The spies end up in the Slough House division due to their career ending mistakes. Jack Lowden is also part of the talented cast.

The misfits are led by former Cold Warrior Jackson Lamb (Gary) and wannabe 007 River Cartwright (Jack Lowden) and end up seeing more action than the intelligence officers at HQ.

In the international category, The Bear, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Wednesday, Oussekine, Pachinko and The White Lotus are all nominated.

The Leading Actress race will see Kate Winslet go up against Imelda Staunton, Sarah Lancashire, Billie Piper and Maxine Peake.

A total of 128 programmes received nominations from a record-breaking number of entries across Television and Craft.

Jane Millichip, CEO of BAFTA, said: ‘Huge congratulations to all our nominees. Today a record number of entries in television and craft resulted in 128 nominations, demonstrating fantastic strength and depth in programming and talent in 2022.’ 

Sara Putt, deputy chair of BAFTA and chair of BAFTA’s television committee, added: ‘Our awards encourage the public to talk about great TV and the craft and creativity that goes into creating the most talked-about TV of 2022.’

‘Production companies gave us topical and authentic stories that resonated with British audiences, from hard hitting non-scripted programming to strong-female led narratives. I am delighted to see that the interventions we put in place to improve female representation in the director and entertainment performance categories have had positive results.’

‘These nominations reflect some of those changes we are seeing today, and will continue to see in the future. 

The BAFTA Elevate and BAFTA Breakthrough talent schemes have also supported a number of first time nominees across categories – so if you haven’t seen some of these nominated programs, do watch them.’ 

The 2023 BAFTA Television Awards with P&O Cruises will air on Sunday, May 14 at 7pm on BBC One and iPlayer.

BAFTA TV Awards Nominations


Bad Sisters

The Responder


Somewhere Boy 


Ben Whishaw – This Is Going To Hurt

Chaske Spencer – The English

Cillian Murphy – Peaky Blinders

Gary Oldman – Slow Horses

Martin Freeman – The Responder


Billie Piper – I Hate Suzie Too

Imelda Staunton – The Crown

Kate Winslet – I Am Ruth

Maxine Peake – Anne

Sarah Lancashire – Julia


Adeel Akhtar – Sherwood

Jack Lowden – Slow Horse

Josh Finan – The Responder

Salim Daw –  The Crown

Samuel Bottomley – Somewhere Boy

Will Sharpe – The White Lotus 


Adelayo Adedayo – The Responder

Anne-Marie Duff – Bad Sisters

Fiona Shaw – Andor

Jasmine Jobson – Top Boy

Lesley Manville – Sherwood

Saffron Hocking – Top Boy


Daniel Radcliffe – Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Jon Pointing – Big Boys

Joseph Gilgun – Brassic

Lenny Rush – Am I Being Unreasonable?

Matt Berry – What We Do In The Shadows 


Daisy May Cooper – Am I Being Unreasonable?

Diane Morgan – Cunk On Earth

Lucy Beaumont – Meet The Richardsons

Nastasia Demetriou – Ellie & Natasia

Siobhán McSweeney – Derry Girls

Taj Atwal – Hullraisers 


The Bear

Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story




The White Lotus 


A Spy Among Friends


The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe 

This Is Going To Hurt


I Am Ruth

The House

Life and Death In The Warehouse  


Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

UEFA Women’s Euro 2022

Wimbledon 2022 


The Chase

The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit

Scam Interceptors 


Friday Night Live

The Graham Norton Show


Would I Lie To You


Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 

Later… With Jools Holland: Jool’s 30th Birthday Bash

The Masked Singer

Strictly Come Dancing


Big Zuu – Big Zuu’s Big Eats

Claudia Winkleman – The Traitors

Lee Mack – The 1% Club

Mo Gilligan – The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan

Rosie Jones – Rosie Jones’ Trip Hazard

Sue Perkins – Sue Perkins: Perfectly Legal


Jeremy Kyle Show: Death On Daytime

Libby, Are You Home Yet?

Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi

Worlds Collide: The Manchester Bombing


Big Zuu’s Big Eats

Joe Lycett vs Beckham: Got Your Back at Xmas 

The Martin Lewis Money Show Livee

The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan


Concert for Ukraine

Platinum Jubilee: Party at the Palace

The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II


Am I Being Unreasonable?

Big Boys

Derry Girls



Freddie Flintoff’s Field Of Dreams

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

The Traitors

We are Black and British 


Always, Asifa


How To Be A Person

Kingpin Crisis


Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes

Escape From Kabul Airport

Our Falklands War: A Frontline Story

The Real Mo Farah 






AIDS: The Unheard TaPes

The Green Planet

How To Survive A Dictator with Munya Chawawa 

Russia 1985-1999: Traumazone


Afghanistan: No Country For Women

Children of the Taliban

The Crossing (Exposure)

Mariupol: The People’s Story (Panorama) 


BBC News at Ten: Russia Invades Ukraine

Channel 4 News: Live in Kyiv

Good Morning Britain: Boris Johnson Interview 



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