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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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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.
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
Next 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:
To 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…..
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.
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….
- 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: 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.
- 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: 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.
- 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 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.
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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.
We 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!)
Good luck and the winner will be drawn on Monday.
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