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Graham Norton, Sandi Toksvig and Against The Law up for BAFTAs

Graham Norton, Sandi Toksvig and Against The Law up for BAFTAs

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The shortlists for this year’s TV BAFTAs have been announced this morning. Several LGBTI stars feature among the nominees.

Graham Norton (The Graham Norton Show) goes up against Sandi Toksvig (QI) in the Best Entertainment Performance category.

Among the nominees for best Single Drama is Against The Law. The one-off drama was produced to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of gay sex in England and Wales.

Screened last summer as part of the BBC’s Queer Britannia series, it told the story of the arrest and prosecution of the journalist Peter Wildeblood on charges of gross indecency in the 1950s. The infamous trial led to a public shift in attitudes towards what consenting adults got up to in private.

It’s up against an episode of Black Mirror (Against The DJ), which also featured a brief same-sex kiss.

The Crown, Black Mirror and Three Girls lead nominations for BAFTAs

In the International category, the Ryan Murphy-produced Feud: Bette and Joan is nominated. The drama series, about the filming of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, is up against Big Little Lies, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Vietnam War.

The UK’s four major soaps – Emmerdale, Coronation Street, EastEnders and Hollyoaks – are again pitted against each other in the Soap and Continuing Drama award.

In the Features category, BBC 2 documentary No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free is up against Antiques Roadshow, Cruising with Jan McDonald, and The Secret Life of the Zoo.

Leading the nominations are The Crown and Black Mirror (both on Netflix) and Three Girls (BBC). All three shows have three nominations apiece. Check here for the full list of nominees.

The UK awards are given out by the British Academy British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). They are the most well-respected awards in the UK TV industry. This year’s ceremony will take place 13 May, and will be hosted by Sue Perkins – one of the British TV’s most high-profile lesbian broadcasters.

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