It's A Sin leads the Bafta nominations as Channel 4 drama gets 11 nods

CHANNEL 4 series It's A Sin has led the nominations at the Bafta television awards where it is in the running for 11 gongs.

Olly Alexander played the lead role of Ritchie Tozer in the drama about the UK's HIV/Aids crisis and is up for a best actor gong, after winning at the National Television Awards in September.

His co-star Lydia West has also been nominated in the leading actress category, alongside Kate Winslet, who starred in HBO/Sky Atlantic's Mare Of Easttown, marking The Titanic star's first TV performance nomination.

Also nominated in the leading actress category are Denise Gough and Emily Watson for ITV's Too Close, alongside Jodie Comer for Channel 4 drama Help, and Niamh Algar for Channel 4's Deceit.

Stars going up against Years & Years singer Alexander in the leading actor category include David Thewlis for Landscapers, Hugh Quarshie for ITV's Stephen, Samuel Adewunmi for BBC's You Don't Know Me, Sean Bean for Time and Stephen Graham for Channel 4's Help.

Sky drama Landscapers, which also starred Olivia Colman, who is not nominated in the performance categories, is the second-most nominated TV show, with seven in total, five in the craft categories and two in the television categories.

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Inspired by real events, the series starred Colman and Thewlis as a mild-mannered married couple whose lives are upturned after dead bodies are discovered in the back garden of a house in Nottingham.

Landscapers' nominations include for director, fiction, original music, leading actor and mini-series categories.

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Help, Time and We Are Lady Parts have all received six nominations, Netflix's Sex Education has received five nominations and A Very British Scandal, starring Claire Foy and Paul Bettany as the Duke and Duchess of Argyll in the drama series about the couple's high-profile split in the 1960s, has four nominations in the craft categories.

Comedian, presenter and star of The IT Crowd Richard Ayoade will host the Virgin Media Bafta TV Awards ceremony for the third consecutive year as it returns to London's Royal Festival Hall on May 8.

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