The shortlist for the 2013 Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards have been announced with London 2012-related programmes and events dominating the main sports category.
The ‘Sport and Live Event’ nominations include the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, the BBC’s coverage of Olympic ‘Super Saturday’ and the 2012 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final, as well as Channel 4’s Paralympic Games coverage.
Danny Boyle’s spectacular opening ceremony, which was broadcast live on BBC One to a record 30m viewers, is also nominated in the Radio Times Audience Award category, which is the only award decided by the public.
It will be up against popular BBC drama Call the Midwife and four other programmes, including US drama series Homeland and The Great British Bake Off vying to take the Radio Times audience title.
Members of the public will be able to vote for their favourite programme in the Audience Award category from 9.00pm on Tuesday, April 9, until midnight on Thursday, May 9.
BBC Sport has two nominations in the sports category, including its coverage of the sensational ‘Super Saturday’ at the London 2012 Olympic Games, which featured Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah winning their gold medals inside the Olympic Stadium within a golden hour for British sport.
The only non-London 2012 event nominated is the BBC’s coverage of the 2012 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final where Roger Federer won his seventh All England title, beating Britain’s Andy Murray in four sets.
Speaking to BBC presenter Sue Barker after the match, Murray broke down in tears as he addressed the crowd with an emotional speech.
Channel 4’s ground-breaking coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games is also in line for a BAFTA.
The broadcaster received critical acclaim for its style and presentation of more than 200 hours coverage of Paralympic sport.
The 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank and hosted by Graham Norton, on Sunday 12 May and broadcast on BBC One.
…BAFTA TV Nominations 2013 – Sport Sport and Live Event Wimbledon 2012 – Men’s Final (BBC) Paul Davis, Philip Bernie, Sue Barker, Debbie Dubois London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isle of Wonder Danny Boyle, Production Team London 2012 Paralympic Games (Channel 4)
Sunset+Vine, IMG Production Team.. London 2012 Olympics: Super Saturday (BBC)
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