The BAFTA TV Awards 2011

Our highlights of the nominations for the 2011 British Academy Television awards. The Awards will take place on 22 May at London’s Grosvenor House.

Leading Actor:

Jim Broadbent – Any Human Heart

Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock

Daniel Rigby – Eric and Ernie

Matt Smith – Doctor Who

Base.com Verdict – Matt Smith

You just can’t bet against the Doctor! Arguably one of the biggest shows on UK television at the moment. Whether Matt Smith is your favourite incarnation of the Doctor or not, his performances have continued to grow the popularity of the series.

Leading Actress:

Anna Maxwell Martin – South Riding

Vicky McClure -This Is England ’86

Natalie Press – Five Daughters

Juliet Stevenson – Accused

Base.com Verdict – Vicky McClure

This Is England ’86 was a superb mini-series follow up to the cult film This Is England. Set 3 years after the initial film the series was just as hard-hitting and ground-breaking as the much loved original film.

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Supporting Actor

Brendan Coyle – Downton Abbey

Martin Freeman – Sherlock

Johnny Harris – This Is England ’86

Robert Sheehan – Misfits

Base.com Verdict – Robert Sheehan

This year has seen the rise of the show Misfits, having returned for a second series it managed to emulate the success of other teenage orientated shows such as Skins and The Inbetweeners. Robert Sheehan’s cheeky performances has earned him many plaudits as well as roles on the big screen.

Supporting Actress

Gillian Anderson – Any Human Heart

Lynda Baron – The Road to Coronation Street

Lauren Socha – Misfits

Jessie Wallace – The Road to Coronation Street

Base.com Verdict – Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson is probably best known for her appearances as Dana Scully in The X-Files. In Any Human Heart she plays Wallis aka. The Duchess of Windsor, whilst surrounded by an all-star cast she still manages to put in star performances.

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Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

Jo Brand – Getting On

Dawn French – Roger and Val Have Just Got In

Miranda Hart – Miranda

Katherine Parkinson – The IT Crowd

Base.com Verdict – Miranda Hart

Miranda Hart has been rising as the undisputed Queen of British Comedy these last couple of years. Having already picked up 3 British Comedy Awards this year, she is hard to rule out but she faces tough competition from established comedy legends in the form of Jo Brand and Dawn French.

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

James Buckley – The Inbetweeners

Steve Coogan – The Trip

Tom Hollander – Rev

David Mitchell – Peep Show

Base.com Verdict – James Buckley

The Inbetweeners was an instant phenomenon when it started back in 2008. Schools and Offices were instantly filled with the hilarious catchphrases that had spawned from the show. 3 Series in and the material has managed to stay as fresh and funny as ever. James Buckley plays every one’s favourite character Jay in the show and is well deserving of this award.

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Entertainment Performance

Rob Brydon – The Rob Brydon Show

Stephen Fry – QI

Harry Hill – Harry Hill’s TV Burp

Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show

Base.com Verdict -Harry Hill

A particularly hard award to call. As much as I am a fan of Rob Brydon I didn’t find his new show as enjoyable as his previous work, had the potential to be a better version of the Jonathon Ross’ show but failed to live up it. Stephen Fry remains as solid as ever in his role as ‘ring leader’ on the panel show QI, but the long running show is beginning to get a little repetitive for my liking. Graham Norton = Marmite, you either love him or detest him, enough said. Harry Hill on the other hand has remained consistently funny over the years and I think will just about scrape the win.

International

Boardwalk Empire

Glee

The Killing

Mad Men

Base.com Verdict – Glee

Yes I know what you are thinking… the other 3 contenders (and nearly everything else on TV) are infinitely better than Glee, but what can you do? It’s run-away popularity and die-hard fans make it a certain favourite for this award. And if it doesn’t win the award I won’t be too upset with my incorrect guess!

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Comedy Programme

Catherine Tate’s Little Cracker

Come Fly With Me

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Harry and Paul

Base.com Verdict – Come Fly With Me

After Matt Lucas & David Walliams hit TV show Little Britain, their next project was always going to face a high level of scrutiny. They increased the pressure on the show ten-fold by broadcasting the pilot (excuse the pun) episode on Christmas Day. Whilst the show was not to everyone’s taste, the show still received critical acclaim and maintained high viewing figures.

Situation Comedy

Mrs Brown’s Boys

Peep Show

Rev

The Trip

Base.com Verdict – Peep Show

Peep Show, 100% without doubt my favourite thing on UK television at the moment (Curse ITV2 for dropping Entourage!). Now heading towards it’s 8th season the popularity of the series has gone from strength to strength. The uniqueness of the POV camera style and the ability to relate to the real life situations are the culminating factors of its success.

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For a full list of nominees see  The Official BAFTA Website

Do you agree or disagree with our opinions or verdict for the likely winner? Comment below or Tweet me @base_com

Lego Star Wars Limited Edition 2011 Collectors Poster Competition

We have 8 Lego Star Wars Limited Edition 2011 Collectors Posters to Give Away! Lego have released a limited edition poster showing all of the Star Wars Lego Mini Figures and it looks awesome. On the reverse side there is a limited edition print run number. Only 50,000 have been printed.

Lego Poster

We spotted this Video on the BBC website of an artist who has created a 22ft model of the USS warship Intrepid using 250,000 pieces of Lego! This got me thinking, if you could build anything out of Lego what would it be?

There were some brilliant ideas and it was a very tough task to pick the best 8, but after much deliberation the Winners are:

1. @ianH65 – Twitter
2. @nipperthedog – Twitter
3. @beclee09 – Twitter
4. @mirpkered – Twitter
5. @kevcroc – Twitter
6.Stuart O’Connor – Facebook
7.Lucy Zelazowski – Facebook
8.Lisa Williams – Facebook

Freebie Friday! Tron Messenger Bag Competition

Tron BagNext Monday (18/4/2011) is the release of Tron: Legacy on Blu-ray & DVD! To celebrate this we have 10 Tron Messenger Bags to Give Away to 10 Lucky Winners!

 

 

The winners are:

1. @bennygillham
2. @obscuremetaphor
3. @bibibobka
4. @Mooncheese78
5. @MATTYB00SH
6. @msedeanhead
7. @BananaDumplings
8. @ritamistry
9. @dazfd
10. @grugyme

Lego Ninjago – Lightning Give Away

Ninjago JayTo celebrate the release of LEGO Ninjago – The Videogame on Nintendo DS today, we have 22 Jay (Blue Ninja) – Lego Ninjago Minifigures to give away!

The Lucky Winners are…..

  1. @sweetzilla
  2. @iMediums
  3. @Floyd_Kraemer
  4. @CorkyP1g
  5. @V1cki_Lou
  6. @bev_metallica
  7. @Rong61
  8. @Dreaded_Moose
  9. @wulanjog
  10. @Lanky_Feck
  11. @abaaarnes
  12. @zimpirate
  13. @phyllgerry
  14. @shazpaz
  15. @maxtweenie
  16. @DanielCake
  17. @emilyh13
  18. @melspur
  19. @Kath_w_r
  20. @SlaptArze
  21. @TheAmorousPrawn
  22. @Pinkbling11

Congratulations to all listed above! If you are one of the lucky winners could you please send me a Direct Message on Twitter telling me your Name & Address so we can ship you your prize.

       

      The Return of the 90′s

      This month has seen the announcement for the return of the Bill & Ted Film Series and TV Show Red Dwarf. Keanu Reeves himself broke the Bill & Ted news, confirming that writing of the script was in progress. Red Dwarf has been confirmed to hit TV screens in November, with the majority of the original cast to return. Both enjoyed the majority of their success in the 1990′s and have achieved a cult status associated with the decade. This got myself (and most of the office) reminiscing about all the great and not so great moments and trends from the 90′s, it wasn’t long before we realised that a lot of things from the decade are making a come-back soon or have already within the last few years.

      So what else is there to look forward to help continue this 90′s revival….

      Games:

      Duke Nukem- Duke Nukem Forever: “The alien hordes are back and only Duke can save the world, again”. The greatly anticipated and delayed games series returns this year, with outings on the PS3, XBox 360 and PC. Expect outrageous story-lines and over the top weaponry, this will be a hit.

       

      Mortal Kombat- Mortal Kombat: The Arcade Fighting sensation, released in 1992, returns on PS3 & XBox 360 in what is being billed as ‘a return to the series’ roots’. More brutal than ever, perhaps not every-one’s cup of tea but hard to ignore for any serious gamer.

       

      Music:

      Blur- Blur: If one word could sum up the 90′s musically it would be – ‘Britpop’. Along with Oasis, Blur were the undisputed (let the arguments begin again) Kings of the genre. Whilst there is no concrete information it is very strongly rumoured that Blur will release a full studio album this year, the first time all 4 original members have recorded together in over a decade!

      Blink 182- Blink 182: No date for their new album either but some strong words from band members. Tom DeLonge – the record will “absolutely” be out in time for the U.K. tour this summer and that Blink “will not tour if there is no record”. Travis Barker – “I think we’ll turn in our album in June or July, honestly… It’s coming close, to the point where these are completed songs and they’re not going to change.

      Film/TV:

      Rock Chips- Rock & Chips: Whilst it’s common place for films to get a prequel, it is slightly rarer for TV shows. Rock & Chips began airing last year, it portrays the childhood of one Derek ‘Del-Boy’ Trotter before he became the lovable wheeler-dealer we grew to love in the show Only Fools and Horses. 2 episodes have already aired to much acclaim and a third is due on the 24th April.

      Scream- Scream 4: Back in 1996 we were all taught how to survive if you ever wound up in a horror movie. Two sequels closely followed with great box office success. The Trilogy poked fun at the linear and predictable story-lines that many previous slasher films had followed. This weekend sees the U.K. release of the franchise’s 4th film, whether there is still any innovation to been found in the series remains to be seen, but something tells me it will be worth a watch.

       

      So is the 1990′s revival well and truly on? I hope so, bring back Wayne’s World, Will Smith’s rap career and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles too!

      Comment below and tell us what you want to see return from this glorious decade.

       

      Freebie Friday! James Bond Ultimate DVD Competition

      Another Friday is upon us, and that means it’s Freebie Friday here at Base.com! With all this hot weather we have had this week we thought it was time to cool things down with arguably the ‘King of Cool’ – James Bond.

      James Bond CollectionWe are giving away a James Bond Ultimate DVD Collectors Box Set. This set contains 21 James Bond films from Dr. No to Casino Royale, and each film comes with a complete second disc of amazing special features.  For full product details click the link below…..

      James Bond Complete Collection (42-discs) – (Ok so it’s not quite complete but ‘Quantum of Solace’ & ‘Never Say Never Again’ weren’t that great anyway!)

       

      For your chance to win this fantastic prize all you need to do is Follow @base_com on Twitter and Retweet this message.

      Good luck and the winner will be drawn on Monday.

       

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