BAFTA Audience Award nominations released

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 April 2012
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch

'Sherlock', 'Frozen Planet', ''Celebrity Juice', 'Educating Essex', 'Fresh Meat' and 'The Great British Bake Off' will contest for the YouTube Audience Award at this year's Arqiva British Academy Television Awards

'Sherlock', 'Frozen Planet' and 'Celebrity Juice' are among the nominees for the only publicly-voted accolade at the forthcoming BAFTA Television Awards.

The trio of programmes will contest for the YouTube Audience Award at this year's Arqiva British Academy Television Awards along with documentary 'Educating Essex', ' new sitcom 'Fresh Meat' and cooking contest 'The Great British Bake Off' when the ceremony takes place on 27 May.

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: "It is terrific to see such a variety of genres represented by the nominated programmes for this year's YouTube Audience Award. Each programme has really engaged the television audience and earned its place on this year's shortlist."

The programmes up for the award were selected by 15 entertainment experts for having captured audience imaginations and becoming must-see viewing over the last year.

Mike Sullivan, UK Marketing Manager for YouTube, said: "With the diverse range of nominated TV programmes this year, the YouTube community has its work cut out in selecting this year's Audience Award winner. YouTube is home to many of the top shows on TV, so it's fantastic that the YouTube community can be involved with this year's TV Awards."

Voting opens at 5pm today (19.04.12) and runs until 24 May at www.youtube.com/baftaonline.

The YouTube Audience award was previously won by 'The Only Way is Essex' and 'The Inbetweeners'.

For programmes to be eligible for the YouTube Audience Award, they must have been transmitted between 1 March 2011 and 15 February 2012.

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