BAFTA TV nominations 2017: 12 of the biggest snubs

Morgan Jeffery
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From Digital Spy

It's BAFTA nominations day – and like every year, there's plenty to be happy about (Thirteen's Jodie Comer! Asim Chaudhry and the People Just Do Nothing boys!), but plenty to grumble about too.

It must be tough to whittle down a year of television to a tight shortlist, but all the same, there's been a whole heap of egregious snubs. Here are 12 of the most surprising.

1. The Night Manager

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Perhaps the most shocking omission. BBC One's lavish adaptation of John le Carré's spy novel scored a whole heap of BAFTA Craft nominations, but the work of a top-drawer cast has gone almost entirely unappreciated.

The one exception is Tom Hollander's turn as oddball henchman Corky, but Tom Hiddleston's charismatic lead turn, Hugh Laurie's magnetic villainy and Elizabeth Debicki's breakthrough performance have all been ignored. (At least Olivia Colman scored elsewhere for Fleabag.)

2. Line of Duty

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Danny Mays scores a nomination for his brief but captivating turn as tragic Sgt. Danny Waldron. But otherwise, Line of Duty – one of the most talked-about TV dramas of last year – has been entirely shut out.

Nothing for Vicky McClure or Martin Compston or Adrian Dunbar or Craig Parkinson or Keeley Hawes... and no Drama Series nod for the series itself. Criminal.

3. The Missing

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We're sensing a pattern here. Millions tuned in, critics raved about it, but the strange case of Julie Baptiste, Alice Webster and Sophie Giroux is, ironically, missing from the BAFTA TV shortlist.

We love a bit of laid-back treat The Durrells, but to have it up for best Drama Series over this (also starring Keeley Hawes), Line of Duty and The Night Manager is a seriously left-field decision.

4. Poldark

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It took home the Audience Award in 2016, but BAFTA still overlooked Poldark this year. BBC One's romantic Sunday night series already has a third and fourth series in the bag, though, so there's no need for Ross to start sulking on a clifftop quite yet.

5. Victoria

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Maybe the BAFTA bods were out on Sundays? Much was made of the clash between two TV heavyweights, returning hit Poldark and ITV's ambitious newbie Victoria, but neither show scored any nominations this year.

It's a right royal scandal. Rufus Sewell's charisma was palpable enough to deserve an award all of its own.

6. Coronation Street

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Poor old Coronation Street didn't get a nomination in the Soap & Continuing Drama category, with EastEnders, Emmerdale, Casualty and Hollyoaks all getting nods instead.

Last year, Corrie was nominated alongside EastEnders, Holby City and Emmerdale, which finally received a BAFTA nomination after missing out for the last two years. In happier news, Hollyoaks has received only its second BAFTA nomination since 2003 – but where's Corrie at, guys?

7. Matt Smith

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The Crown has earned a ton of awards love, but while sensational performances from Claire Foy, Vanessa Kirby, John Lithgow and Jared Harris have all – quite rightly – been celebrated, Matt Smith has been overlooked time and time again.

The ex-Doctor Who star proved there was much more to him than his much-loved take on our Time Lord, injecting real life into the part of Prince Philip, a man who could so easily have been played as a caricature. Justice for Matt!

8. Thirteen

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It's great to see that some of the great content on BBC Three isn't being shut out by BAFTA just because it's not launching on a broadcast channel. People Just Do Nothing and Jodie Comer's performance in Thirteen have both earned nominations – and fingers crossed for Clique next year.

Still, it would've been nice to see Thirteen itself up for best Mini-Series. This standalone thriller was compulsive viewing... and, be honest, did you watch The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses?

9. Peaky Blinders

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Grimy yet gorgeous, Peaky Blinders is a bit of a marvel, but has somehow totally escaped BAFTA's attention. Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Tom Hardy... an exemplary ensemble, but they get zip.

To make matters worse, Peaky didn't pick up a single BAFTA Craft nomination either, despite being one of the most visually accomplished shows on television.

10. Humans

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Westworld was an intellectual treat, but it couldn't hope to match the heart of Humans – so it's Channel 4's take on the inevitable AI uprising that wins this year's robot wars. As touching as it is imaginative, the show proved adept as ever in 2016 at finding the emotional truth in big sci-fi concepts.

Last year, the show was up for best Drama Series, but no such luck here. The novelty might have worn off, but the quality certainly hasn't.

11. Game of Thrones

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HBO's fantasy behemoth delivered what's pretty roundly accepted as its best ever season last year, but it didn't make the shortlist for the International award.

It's hard to quibble with the inclusion of the buzzy Stranger Things or the gripping The Night Of. But seriously, isn't it time we all woke up to the fact that The People v OJ Simpson was enjoyable on a certain level but nowhere near as classy as everyone makes out?

12. Anyone who wasn't Robbie Coltrane in National Treasure

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Babou Ceesay – fabulous as foul-mouthed solicitor Jerome Sharpe – at least got his dues elsewhere, with a nod for his powerful turn in BBC One's Damilola, Our Loved Boy.

But where's the Leading Actress nom for Julie Walters? Or the Supporting Actress nod for Andrea Riseborough? Coltrane was superb in the brave and bold National Treasure, but it was far from a one-man show.

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