Educating Yorkshire, the hit documentary series filmed at Thornhill Community Academy, has been nominated for two BAFTA television awards.

The fly-on-the-walll programme, which has already triumphed at the National Television Awards, the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards and the Royal Television Society Awards, has been shortlisted in the factual series category by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

It is also up for the Radio Times Audience Award, in which members of public vote for their favourite show.

 

The Channel 4 series made stars of headteacher Johnny Mitchell, his staff and pupils at the Kirklees school.

It is nominated alongside Bedlam, Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day and The Route Masters: Running London's Roads.

Dramas Broadchurch and the Great Train Robbery, which featured actors from Kirklees, are also in the running for awards.

Broadchurch has been shortlisted for three awards in the leading actress, supporting actor and drama series categories.

Huddersfield actress Jodie Whittaker, a former Shelley High School pupil, shot to fame in the critically acclaimed crime drama.

 

Last Tango in Halifax stars and on-screen stepsisters Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker will go head-to-head in the supporting actress category.

Scenes for the second series of the BBC drama were filmed at Blackley Baptist Church, near to Ainley Top roundabout and a third series has been commissioned.

Also nominated for a BAFTA prize is The Great Train Robbery, the two-part drama which examined the infamous crime from the perspectives of the robbers and the police.

Brighouse Theatre Productions member Chris Sheard appeared as an extra in scenes filmed in Bradford last year.

The 34-year-old, of Birkenshaw, played a security guard struck by the robbers in a flashback sequence about a previous robbery.

Chris, also a longstanding member of Batley Amateur Thespian Society (BATS), was not the only local face in the hit drama - fellow BATS members Lisa Cockroft and Les Smith were invited to play extras in filmed scenes in Leeds.

The Great Train Robbery has been nominated in the mini-series category alongside Southcliffe, The Fall and In The Flesh.

The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards will be handed out at London's Theatre Royal in Dury Lane on Sunday May 18.

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