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Loose Women panel in shock as show makes history 25 years on from ITV launch

LOOSE Women are celebrating their first ever BAFTA Television Awards nomination. 

The ITV panel show, which has been on air for 25 years, is up for the gong at this year’s ceremony, which takes place in May. 

RexLoose Women are celebrating their first BAFTA Television Awards nomination[/caption]

PAThe finale season of The Crown has picked up a record eight nominations for both its content and cast[/caption]

It joins fellow ITV daytime show Lorraine and the BBC‘s Make It At Market and Scam Interceptors in the daytime category. 

It’s also been a bumper year for Netflix, thanks to an epic haul of nominations for its Royal saga The Crown. 

The finale season has picked up a record eight nominations for both its content and cast, including Princess Diana star Elizabeth Debicki and Prince Charles’s Dominic West.

Salim Daw and Lesley Manville are also nominated for their supporting roles, while the sixth series is also up for the coveted drama series category, as well as costume design, make-up, and sound.

It marks the second year in a row that the streaming services are once again taking a bite out of the Beeb’s traditional dominance over the awards ceremony.

Despite leading the pack with 65 nominations, Netflix received a record number of nominations alongside fellow streaming giant Sky, with 35 and 31 nods each. 

And while ITV were nominated 23 times, Channel 4 trailed behind with only 16 – marginally ahead of Apple TV+’s 15 nominations, and the likes of Disney+ and UKTV.

An insider said: “The non-linear channels once again have continued to rise, and every year they are graining more critical acclaim and popularity. They just keep nibbling away at the dominance of the likes of the BBC.”

Among the Beeb’s nominations were the final series of Happy Valley, which received six nominations, including the show’s lead star Sarah Lancashire, supporting stars Siobhan Finneran and Amit Shah, and writer Sally Wainwright, and drama The Gold. 

The drama series goes up against the final series of Top Boy and Apple TV+’s Slow Horses. 

While leading lady Sarah competes with Black Mirror’s Anjana Vasan, The Last Of Us star Bella Ramsey, ANNE REID in The Sixth Commandment, Nolly’s Helena Bonham Carter and Best Interests’s Sharon Horgan.

Other big-name shows nominated include Netflix’s Black Mirror‘s Demon 79 episode, series’ Beef and Class Act, Disney+’s The Bear, ITV’s Love & Death and Sky Atlantic’s Succession

The ceremony is at London’s Royal Festival Hall on May 12. 

PAAnd the BBC’s Happy Valley received six nominations[/caption]

DAVINA REALITY CHECK

DAVINA McCALL was part of the team that took home a Bafta for reality TV when hosting Big Brother in the Noughties.

But this time she could pick up a gong for her own dating show, ITV’s My Mum, Your Dad.

Davina McCall could pick up a gong for her dating show My Mum, Your DadRex

While the ITV relaunch of Big Brother last October failed to make the cut for 2024’s Reality nominations, Davina’s series made the final four.

It sees single parents hook up, with secret help from their kids behind the scenes.

Former winners Gogglebox and First Dates missed out on a nomination this year.

And BBC’s The Traitors, which took home the awards for both Entertainment Performance and Reality last year, also failed to make the list, after airing past the cut-off date.

Instead, Davina’s dating show goes up against Channel 4’s Banged Up, long-running E4 series Married At First Sight and Netflix’s most popular reality venture yet, Squid Game: The Challenge.

MEANWHILE, ITV stalwarts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are in with a chance of winning their 20th Bafta award, for Entertainment Performance thanks to December’s I’m A Celebrity . . .  Get Me Out Of Here.

GREATEST SHOW ON TURF

I CAN reveal ITV will screen a documentary about a group of mates who chipped in to buy a racehorse after coming up with the idea over a few beers.

The result was the purchase of Showtime Mahomes, a sprinter who would quickly go on to win race after race and pocket thousands for the syndicate, called The Muffed Punt Partnership.

Stuart WoodITV’s 90-minute documentary, It’s Showtime!, follows a group of mates who chipped in to buy a racehorse after coming up with the idea over a few beers[/caption]

The 90-minute documentary, It’s Showtime!, is made by production company Echo Velvet.

It will air at 9pm on April 16 and follows the highs and lows of the group from Darlington as they back their horse all the way.

ITV’s Nicola Lloyd, Commissioning Editor, Factual, said: “To see this group of largely under-represented working class men open up to each other while following a nail-biting racing season for Showtime will have you laughing, cheering and sobbing until the last frame.”

PETER CAPALDI has started filming the third series of his Prime Video thriller The Devil’s Hour, ahead of the release of the second later this year.

He was joined by co-star Jessica Raine at the streamer’s new studio space in Surrey. Phil Dunster and Nikesh Patel are also returning.

WADDIN’ IN FOR 2 GONGS

HANNAH WADDINGHAM will go up against a horde of male presenters as the only woman to be nominated in two of the TV BAFTAs entertainment categories.

The actress is the surprise name for Entertainment, thanks to her London Coliseum musical extravaganza, Home For Christmas, from last November.

Hannah Waddingham is the only woman to be nominated in two of the TV BAFTAs entertainment categories

She is also in the running for her appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest alongside co-host Graham Norton. The Irish presenter, left, is up for a gong for his BBC One talk show.

Hannah competes with Joe Lycett, Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan, and Ant and Dec in the Entertainment Performance line-up.

And The Sex Education star is up against Jools Holland, Michael McIntyre and the Strictly Come Dancing team for Entertainment (programme).

SNUB 1

CORONATION Street has drawn a blank in the Soap nominations for a second year running.

After winning the category in 2022, it failed to make the cut last year, with Casualty taking the gong.

This year, the BBC medical drama will go head to head with EastEnders and Emmerdale in the category.

SNUB 2

FOLLOWING disappointment at the National Television Awards and TV Choice Awards, ITV’s This Morning has suffered another blow with no Bafta nominations.

Its stars including ex-host Holly Willoughby and her successor Alison Hammond also failed to get a nod.

Lorraine, Scam Interceptors, Loose Women and Make It At Market are in the Daytime category

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