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It's A Sin leads BAFTA TV nominations with Landscapers and Sex Education landing multiple nods

Who'll take home a prestigious golden face?

The BAFTA TV Awards has unveiled this year's nominations ahead of the ceremony in May.

After being hailed as "one of the best" series in years, it's no surprise to see Russell T Davies' drama It's A Sin leading the pack with 11 nods in total. The widely-acclaimed drama explores the impact of HIV and AIDS on the LGBTQ+ community in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Leading Actor (Olly Alexander), Leading Actress (Lydia West), Mini-Series, Make Up & Hair Design and Fiction are just some of the categories It's a Sin is honoured in.

It's a Sin was also honoured in several categories at the Digital Spy Reader Awards in 2021.

nathaniel curtis as ash, olly alexander as richie, it's a sin
Channel 4

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Following closely behind in the BAFTA TV Awards nominees list is the HBO/Sky Atlantic true-crime caper Landscapers. Starring David Thewlis and Oscar winner Olivia Colman as killer couple Christopher and Susan Edwards, it received 7 nominations.

Director Fiction, Editing Fiction, Original Music, Photography & Lighting Fiction, Production Design, Leading Actor (David Thewlis) and Mini-Series are the prizes it's hoping to take home.

Meanwhile, Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham's unflinching depiction of a care home during the COVID-19 crisis, Help, boasts 6 nominations – including Leading Actor and Leading Actress.

Coincidentally, this lines Graham up against his Time co-star Sean Bean, who was nominated for his gripping performance as prison inmate Mark Cobden in the BBC drama.

david thewlis and olivia colman in court, the landscaper
Sky Atlantic

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Other titles set to be celebrated on the night are sitcom We Are Lady Parts (six nominations), Netflix's Sex Education (five nominations) and Paul Bettany and Claire Foy's A Very British Scandal (four nominations).

One of the standout categories to look out for is Virgin Media's Must-See Moment, which features An Audience with Adele's touching school teacher reunion, Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly's dig at the Downing Street lockdown parties on I'm a Celebrity, and Strictly Come Dancing's silent dance by 2021 series winners Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice.

Other moments nominated in the category include Bimini's verse on 'UK Hun?' on RuPaul's Drag Race UK series 2, the heartbreaking moment in It's a Sin where it's confirmed that Colin has AIDS, and Squid Game's brutal 'Red Light, Green Light' game in the first episode of the Netflix series.

The Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards, presented by Richard Ayoade, take place on Sunday, May 8 on BBC One. The full list of nominees is available on BAFTA's website.

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