'Small Axe,' 'The Crown' lead race for UK's BAFTA TV awards

“Small Axe,” a series of dramas about London’s West Indian community, has received 15 nominations for the British Academy Television Awards

LONDON -- “Small Axe,” a series of dramas exploring the experiences of London’s West Indian community from the 1960s to the 1980s, received 15 nominations on Wednesday for the British Academy Television Awards.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen has a best-director nomination for the BBC series, and there are acting nominations for John Boyega, Letitia Wright, Shaun Parkes, Malachi Kirby and Micheal Ward. “Small Axe” is also nominated for best miniseries.

Other leading contenders include “I May Destroy You,” writer-performer Michaela Coel’s powerful drama about a woman dealing with a sexual assault, which has eight nominations including best miniseries. “Normal People,” an adaptation of Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel about star-crossed Irish lovers, has seven nominations.

The awards will be handed out at two ceremonies: craft categories on May 24 and the rest during a televised event on June 6.