Strictly and Great British Bake Off up for BAFTA Audience Award

'Strictly Come Dancing' and 'The Great British Bake Off' are just two of the shows nominated for the BAFTA Radio Times Audience Award at this year's Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, taking place in May

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Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly

Strictly Come Dancing presenterse Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly

'Strictly Come Dancing' and 'The Great British Bake Off' are up for the Radio Times Audience Award at this year's Arqiva British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs).

BBC period drama 'Call the Midwife', fantasy series 'Game of Thrones', US drama 'Homeland' and last year's coverage of the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony are also up for prestigious prize following a "sensational" year of TV.

BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry said: "The variety of programmes nominated for this year's Radio Times Audience Award reflects the increasing diversity of tastes among British viewers."

Radio Times editor Ben Preston agreed, adding: "It's a shortlist which perfectly captures a simply sensational television year - from Danny Boyle's Olympic opening night extravaganza to a vintage 'Strictly' and a monster hit like 'Call The Midwife', there's something for everyone."

Nearly 27 million viewers tuned in to watch director Danny Boyle's spectacular London 2012 opening ceremony, which saw the Olympic Stadium transformed from an idyllic British countryside scene into the industrial revolution, with skits including Queen Elizabeth appearing to parachute out of a helicopter.

'The Great British Bake Off', which stars Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, was also a massive hit last August and the 10th series of 'Strictly' generated impressed ratings.

Viewers can vote for their favourite show and watch the BAFTA winners being announced during the ceremony - which will be hosted by Graham Norton - in May on BBC One.

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