‘Sherlock’, ‘Appropriate Adult’ lead BAFTA TV Awards nominations

The ceremony takes place next month

Sherlock and Appropriate Adult lead the nominations in this year’s Arquiva BAFTA Television Awards.

The BBC’s modern-day retelling of Conan Doyle’s detective stories scores three nods in the acting categories, led by Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role. Martin Freeman and Andrew Scott are both nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for their respective roles as Watson and Moriarty.

Meanwhile, ITV’s Appropriate Adult, based on the story of serial killer Fred West has four nominations. Dominic West gets a nod for Leading Actor, while Emily Watson is nominated for Leading Actress for her portrayal of Janet Leach, the woman who accompanied West through his police questioning.

The show is also nominated in the Mini Series category, while Monica Dolan gets a Supporting Actress nod for her role as West’s wife Rose. The remaining Lead Actor Nominations are Joseph Gilgun for This Is England ’88 and John Simm for Exile, while Lead Actress is contested by Nadine Marshall for Random, Romola Garai for The Crimson Petal And The White and Vicky McClure for This Is England ’88.

However, Sherlock misses out on a nomination for Drama Series, with the nominations going to The Fades, Misfits, Scott And Bailey and Spooks. Nominations in the Comedy Programme category go to Charlie Brooker’s 2011 Wipe, Comic Strip: The Hunt For Tony Blair, The Cricklewood Greats and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. And up for Situation Comedy are Fresh Meat, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Friday Night Dinner and Rev.

The Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards 2012 take place at the Royal Festival Hall at London’s South Bank centre on Sunday, May 27. For the full list of nominations visit BAFTA.org/awards.