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‘It’s a Sin’ leads 2022 BAFTA TV Awards nominations with 11 nods

Channel 4's AIDS drama looks set for glory on May 8

By Joe Goggins

Publicity still for 'It's a Sin', 2021
Olly Alexander led 'It's a Sin's ensemble cast. (Photo: Channel 4)

‘It’s a Sin’ leads this year’s BAFTA TV nominations, up for 11 awards.

Russell T Davies’ Channel 4 drama, which follows a group of gay friends in 1980s London as they navigate the AIDS pandemic, is on course to win big, having been nominated for Best Mini-Series in addition to five acting awards.

Olly Alexander, who played the lead role of Ritchie Tozer, is up for Leading Actor, with Lydia West, who played Jill, the mother hen of the group based on a real-life friend of Davies, is nominated for Leading Actress. Additionally, ‘It’s a Sin’ dominates the Best Supporting Actor category, with Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells and David Carlyle all in the running. Howells, who played mild-mannered Welshman Colin Morris-Jones, reacted on Twitter, saying: thank you BAFTA from the bottom of me heart…I can’t even tell you how much this means to me.” Douglas, meanwhile, called the news “surreal” on Instagram.

Elsewhere, other series picking up multiple nominations included Jack Thorne’s Channel 4 pandemic drama ‘Help’, the ITV prison three-parter ‘Time’, and the Netflix comedy-drama ‘Sex Education’. Stephen Graham is up for both Best Leading Actor and Best Supporting Actor, for ‘Time’ and ‘Help’ respectively; he was also nominated for Best Leading Actor at the BAFTA film awards earlier this month, for ‘Boiling Point’, but lost out to Will Smith for ‘King Richard’.

The Leading Actress category sees another nod for ‘Help’, for Jodie Comer, as well as an opportunity for Kate Winslet to add a first-ever TV BAFTA to her already crowded trophy cabinet, for ‘Mare of Easttown’. She already has a hat-trick of movie BAFTAs, winning Leading Actress in 2009 for ‘The Reader’ and Supporting Actress twice, in 1995 for ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and in 2016 for ‘Steve Jobs’.

Meanwhile, a particularly poignant nomination in the Best Entertainment Performance category sees the late Sean Lock up for his work on ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’. The comedian died of cancer last August. The BAFTA TV Awards will take place on May 8, at a yet-to-be-decided location and no host yet announced. The last two years’ ceremonies were held at Television Centre in London, with Richard Ayoade on hosting duties.