The ITV1 drama is based on the stories of serial killer Fred West and Janet Leach, the woman who accompanied him constantly through police questioning over the crimes he was accused of.
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Dominic West receives his first BAFTA nomination in the 'Leading Actor' category for his portrayal of Fred West, while Emily Watson is nominated in the 'Leading Actress' category for her portrayal of Leach.
The programme is also given the nod in the 'Mini Series' category and Monica Dolan is nominated in the 'Supporting Actress' field for her portrayal of Fred West's wife Rose, where she will face Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith, The Hour's Anna Chancellor and Miranda Hart (Call the Midwife).
Sherlock and This Is England '88 follow with three nominations each, with actors Martin Freeman and Andrew Scott going head-to-head in the 'Supporting Actor' category for their respective portrayals of John Watson and James Moriarty in Steven Moffat's modern retelling of the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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The Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards 2012 take place at the Royal Festival Hall at London's South Bank centre on Sunday, May 27. The BAFTA Television Craft Awards will take place two weeks earlier on Sunday, May 13.
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Photo Gallery - BAFTA TV Awards 2012's nominated Actors and Actresses: