London, 8 April 2015
UKTV has secured two BAFTA nominations, for its top-rating home-grown shows Dynamo Magician Impossible and Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to Go.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts today announced the shortlist for the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards, which reward the very best in television broadcast on British screens in 2014.
Watch's Dynamo Magician Impossible (series four) is up for the prestigious best 'Entertainment Programme' award, joined by The Voice, Strictly Come Dancing and Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. This is the third consecutive year the mind-blowing magic show has won a nomination in this notoriously competitive category.
Gold's Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to Go is shortlisted for best Sport and Live Event. The highly-anticipated live broadcast of Monty Python's final stage show was a ratings smash-hit for the channel, with over 700,000 individuals tuning in. It is up against the 2014 FA Cup Semi-Final, Tour de France 2014 and WW1 Remembered - From the Battlefield and Westminster Abbey at the BAFTA's.
In other categories, Happy Valley, Marvellous, The Missing and Line Of Duty lead with three nominations each.
Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday 10 May, hosted by Graham Norton.
The full shortlist is available HERE.
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