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BAFTA Television Awards 2012: Who missed out?

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The nominations for this year's BAFTA Television Awards have been released, but today's announcements have been met with a mixed response...

Tube Talk is thrilled by much of what we've seen - a well-deserved nod for This Is England's Joseph Gilgun, recognition for comedy newcomers Fresh Meat and Friday Night Dinner and BBC Four's excellent Borgen ranking among the nominees for best 'International Programme'.

But for every solid choice, there's a glaring omission, with Digital Spy readers keen to voice their own opinions. "Why is Sherlock not nominated for Best Drama?" asks Jade May Hemming, with many other users rallying in support of the BBC detective drama.

Indeed, it does seem rather odd that Sherlock is not a contender for best mini-series - its limited three-episode run preventing it from qualifying in the 'Drama Series' category. The likes of Appropriate Adult and The Crimson Petal and the White certainly drew plenty of critical acclaim, but did they really capture the public imagination in the way Sherlock managed?

Still, at least the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Andrew Scott got the nod from BAFTA - there's no such solace for Doctor Who fans. The sci-fi drama's sixth series appears to have been entirely snubbed, making it two years running that the show has failed to qualify for 'Best Drama'.

Unlike last year, even poor Matt Smith doesn't get a mention this time round. It's been a bad year all round for Smith - his one-off television film Christopher and His Kind also appears to have passed BAFTA by.

Sherlock S02E03: 'The Reichenbach Fall'

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The Doctor from Doctor Who

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Another hugely popular series that is conspicuous by its absence is Downton Abbey - reviews of the second series were certainly mixed, but a solitary nod for scene-stealer Maggie Smith still seems a little harsh. Like it or loathe it, Downton is a cultural phenomenon both in the UK and US - shouldn't BAFTA reflect that?

Moving on to more personal tastes, Tube Talk was disappointed that Hugo Blick's immensely moody and stylish drama The Shadow Line didn't make much of an impact. Quite rightly, Stephen Rea has won a nomination for his role as the terrifying Gatehouse, but the cast were uniformly superb; nothing for Chiwetel Ejiofor? Or Christopher Eccleston?

And though it might not have been to everyone's taste, we were disappointed that Charlie Brooker's anthology series Black Mirror didn't garner a single nomination. Perhaps the show was simply too difficult to classify, but subject matter aside, astonishing performances from the likes of Daniel Kaluuya and Toby Kebbell deserved recognition.

The Shadow Line

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Toby Kebbell, Black Mirror, Channel 4

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A few more omissions simply strike us as plain odd. Last year's YouTube Audience Award winner The Only Way Is Essex doesn't appear in the 'Constructed Factual' category - a category it practically invented.

The inclusion of Modern Family in the 'International Programme' slot also seems strange - it's not an issue of quality, more of suitability. Placing it alongside very different shows like The Killing and Borgen seems bizarre - how does one even begin to compare them? In terms of US series, surely something like Game of Thrones or Boardwalk Empire would have been a better fit?

Don't get us wrong, we'll be watching intently to see which shows and which stars triumph at the 2012 BAFTA Television Awards. It's just a pity that so many of our favourites failed to make the cut.

The Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards 2012 take place at the Royal Festival Hall at London's South Bank centre on Sunday, May 27.

Photo Gallery - BAFTA TV Awards 2012's nominated Actors and Actresses:

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