Bodyguard and Strictly NOT shortlisted at this year's Royal Television Society awards

Telly hits Bodyguard and Strictly Come Dancing have been snubbed at this year’s Royal Television Society awards.

The BBC has notched up half of the nominations for the TV programme gongs, with shows including Blue Planet II, Peaky Blinders and A Very English Scandal recognised.

But Bodyguard, starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes, has been left out of the drama category, despite becoming BBC iPlayer’s most-watched programme ever.

The Bodyguard has not been shortlisted for the a Royal Television Society Award


Britain’s Got Talent, in which Declan Donnelly hosted the live shows solo after Ant McPartlin’s off-screen troubles, is up for best entertainment.

But Strictly does not have a place in the entertainment category, which features The Last Leg (Channel 4) and Don’t Hate the Playaz (ITV2).

Michael McIntyre, Big Narstie and Mo Gilligan (The Big Narstie Show) and The Voice’s Jennifer Hudson are up for best entertainment performance, while Ant and Dec do not feature in the category.

Ant stepped away after his arrest for drink-driving.

Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh go head-to-head in the best actress category for their roles in BBC One drama Killing Eve.

Michaela Coel is also up for the gong for Black Earth Rising on BBC Two.

Killing Eve has been nominated for best drama series, alongside Peaky Blinders (BBC Two) and Save Me (Sky Atlantic).

BBC director of content Charlotte Moore said: “We’re very proud to have BBC programmes represented in over half the nominations.”

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