‘Appropriate Adult,’ not ‘Downton Abbey,’ leads BAFTA TV noms

Some titles and names familiar to American viewers received BAFTA TV nominations today, but the title that most Stateside viewers might expect to see, “Downton Abbey,” barely registered.

ITV1’s estimable “Appropriate Adult,” which aired in the U.S. on the Sundance Channel, captured four noms, including miniseries, lead actor and actress for Dominic West and Emily Watson, supporting actress for Monica Dolan.

American viewers who swooned for “Downton Abbey” might be surprised that the project delivered only one BAFTA smallscreen nom this year, for Maggie Smith in the supporting actress race.

GaraiRomola Garai (left) received a BAFTA nomination, but not for “The Hour,” which aired on BBC America, but for her lead role in BAFTA-nommed miniseries “The Crimson Petal and the White,” which Encore will show in September. The only nod for “Hour” went not to the top-billed trip of Garai, West or Ben Whishaw, but to Anna Chancellor, who played Lix Storm.

Benedict Cumberbatch nabbed a lead actor nomination for “Sherlock,” presented by PBS in the U.S., with Martin Freeman (a winner in 2011) and Andrew Scott each tapped for supporting actor. Joseph Mawle also was recognized in supporting actor for “Bridsong,” which bowed on PBS two days ago.

“Page Eight,” which starred Bill Nighy and aired on PBS, drew a single nomination in the drama category.

On the comedy side, lead thesp nominations included Jennifer Saunders (“Absolutely Fabulous”), Olivia Colman (“Twenty Twelve,” soon to arrive on BBC America) and Tamsin Greig of BAFTA-nommed “Friday Night Dinner,” which also aired on BBC America and has been adpated for an NBC pilot by “The Office” exec producer Greg Daniels. “Downton” vet Hugh Bonneville also was nommed for “Twenty Twelve.”

The United States made a dent in the international category with “Modern Family,” which was nominated alongside the original Danish version of “The Killing.” A year ago, “Mad Men,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Glee” lost to “The Killing.”

A full list of nominations can be found at BAFTA’s official site. Winners will be announced May 27.

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