The shortlists were unveiled at the Broadcast Awards Shortlist Reveal party in London last night.
The drama series category will pit shows such as Downton Abbey, Mad Dogs and Misfits against Any Human Heart, The Crimson Petal & The White and The Hour.
Meanwhile, the comedy shortlist includes Episodes, Little Crackers, Miranda, The Inbetweeners, The Trip and Friday Night Dinner.
The Trip and Friday Night Dinner also picked up nods for 'Best New Programme' alongside Our War, Random, Scott & Bailey and The Only Way Is Essex.
The Only Way Is Essex was also nominated for 'Best Entertainment Programme' - alongside Celebrity Juice, Dynamo: Magician Impossible, Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice: You're Fired and The Million Pound Drop - and 'Best Multichannel Programme'.
The 'Best Multichannel Programme' category also includes Celebrity Juice and Dynamo: Magician Impossible alongside Getting On, Junior Doctors: Your Life In Their Hands and Our War.
Elsewhere, An Idiot Abroad and Big Fat Gypsy Weddings are among the nominees for 'Best Popular Factual Programme', while the 'Best Single Drama' shortlist features Appropriate Adult, Eric & Ernie, Hattie, The Road to Coronation Street, Toast and United.
The 'Best Soap/Continuing Drama' list includes Casualty, Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Holby City and Hollyoaks.
Meanwhile, Channel 4 and BBC One lost out in the 'Channel of the Year' shortlist, which will see a battle between BBC Two, BBC Three, ITV1, ITV2, Sky1 and Sky News.
The 2012 Broadcast Awards will be held in London on February 2, 2012.
> Broadcast Awards 2012: Nominees in full