A Merseyside drama written by a former Liverpool policeman is leading the nominations for this year’s BAFTA TV Awards.

The Responder, written by Tony Schumacher has been nominated in six categories.

These include Best Drama Series, Best Actor for Martin Freeman and Best Supporting Actor with Josh Finan, who comes from Wirral.

Maxine Peake has been nominated for Leading Actress in her role as the title character of ‘Anne’, a show which tackles the devastating Hillsborough disaster of 1989 and its aftermath.

And Wirral-born Taron Egerton has been nominated as Best Actor for Black Bird.


The Responder tells the story of a morally-compromised police officer on the night beat in Liverpool.

Martin Freeman in The Responder. Picture by Alamy under agreed licence

Speaking to Merseynewslive when the show was first aired, writer Tony Schumacher told how the drama became his life.

“I go to bed and it’s there; I wake up in the morning and it’s there. You can’t just shut it down.

“When I walk the dog, I’ll talk to the characters out loud, I’m lucky that most of the people where I live know that I write.”

Adam Kay’s ‘This Is Going To Hurt’ is another big winner in the nominations.

Daniel Radcliffe has also received his first-ever BAFTA TV Award nomination for ‘WEIRD: The Al Yankovic story!’, under the Male Performance in a Comedy Programme segment.

Stephen Graham and Jodie Comer in Help. Picture by Alamy under agreed licence

This is the second year running that a Merseyside drama has grabbed the attention of the BAFTA judges.

Last year’s big winner was Help, written by Jack Thorne and starring Jodie Comer, Stephen Graham, and Cathy Tyson, who all won BAFTAs for their roles in the series.

When the nominations were announced this morning, Tony Schumacher tweeted his delight:

The drama was produced by Dancing Ledge Productions, who said they were chuffed at the nominations.


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