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Sky documentary Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes is the most-nominated factual programme in this year’s Bafta TV and Craft Awards, making three of the academy’s shortlists.

The doc, produced by indie Top Hat, is in the running for best documentary, with director James Jones and editor Rupert Houseman also securing nominations in their respective craft categories.

Also up for single doc are Amos Pictures’ BBC2 film Escape From Kabul Airport, Atomized Studios/Red Bull Studios BBC1 co-pro The Real Mo Farah and The Garden’s BBC2 doc Our Falklands War: A Frontline Story.

The shortlist for factual series comprises Blast! Films’ C4 two-parter Jeremy Kyle Show: Death on Daytime, Candour Production’s Sky Crime commission Libby, Are You Home Yet?, Raw TV’s Netflix show Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi and Label 1’s ITV series World’s Collide: The Manchester Bombing.

Emerging talent

This year’s crop of emerging factual talent comprises Charlie Melville, producer/director of ITV’s John & Joe Bishop: Life After Death (South Shore Productions/Lola); Helen Hobin for photography on BBC1’s Frozen Planet II (BBC Studios NHU); Jason Osborne, director of ITV’s Our Jubilee (Multistory Media); and Joy Ash, series producer of C4’s Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life (Wonderhood Studios).

Leading the way overall are BBC dramas This Is Going to Hurt and The Responder, with six nominations apiece. Other titles with a strong showing include C4 comedy Big Boys (Roughcut TV), BBC comedy-drama Am I Being Unreasonable? (Boffola Pictures), BBC2 drama The English (Drama Republic/Eight Rooks), Apple TV+ drama series Bad Sisters (Merman) and BBC1 reality hit The Traitors (Studio Lambert).

Unusually, the best drama writer shortlist is comprised entirely of first-time nominees. Tony Schumacher is up for Dancing Ledge’s The Responder and Pete Jackson has a nod for C4’s Somewhere Boy, while Alice Oseborn and Adam Kay are recognised for their TV adaptations of their published work: Heartbreaker (Netflix) and This Is Going To Hurt respectively. Of these four, only Kay and Jackson have written for TV before.

For a full category-by-category list of nominees for both the TV and Craft awards, click here

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