The Irish Film & Television Academy announced the Nominees for the 2016 IFTA Gala Television Awards, which is sponsored by Gala Retail, and takes place at the Double Tree Hotel in Dublin on Friday, 7th October 2016.
The Irish Film and Television Academy is delighted to announce the shortlist of nominees in 23 strongly contested TV categories for the IFTA Gala Television Awards from entertainment, comedy, Soap and Performance to factual, current affairs and news across all of the Irish broadcasters RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, TV3, 3e, TG4, Sky, UTV and BBC Northern Ireland. The Nominations have been shortlisted by Members of the Irish Academy along with Irish and international Jury panels of industry experts.
Academy CEO, Aine Moriarty stated that: “This year’s line up shows superb talent across a wealth of vibrant programmes produced by Irish professionals who are consistently delivering high quality TV programmes and new ideas to audiences both in Ireland and internationally year on year. The Academy is proud to showcase this great Irish-made television and acknowledge the hard work, creativity and spirit that goes into producing hundreds of hours of TV production each year.”
From entertainment to reality and from comedy to poignant and informative documentaries along with insightful news and current affairs, the nominated programmes this year show that Irish audiences have had a diverse choice of top-notch Telly to watch.
In Entertainment, Baz Ashmawy is trying new ways to kill Nancy in 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy which is shortlisted alongside the unique musical talent that is The Imelda May Show, Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge has cut its way into the shortlist and TV3’s flagship evening programme The Seven O’Clock Show has earned its nod for its eclectic mix and style of entertainment.
IFTA’s Comedy Award is now in its second year and has a very funny bunch of Irish talents in the mix who have delivered the best of comedy this year and made the nation ‘laugh out loud’ on their sofas and they include the renowned Mrs Brown’s Boys nominated alongside the hilarious Bridget and Eamon which is the Republic of Telly’s spin-off run-away success; also nominated in this category is, Apres Match Election ’82 (the Apres Match team are also nominated in Sports) and The Rubberbandits’ Guide to 1916 which see the grocery-shop bag heads give their riveting take on 1916.
Reality programmes have strong contenders keeping it real this year with Coco’s First Dates Ireland and VIP’s Operation Transformation who between them got the nation out dating, walking and eating healthy; Loosehorse’s Rugby’s Wheelchair Challenge follows four Irish rugby internationals travelling from Dublin to Limerick – in wheelchairs, and Motive Television’sToughest Place to Be which follows Irish workers re-locating to some of the toughest work environments in the world.
Programmes commemorating the 1916 centenary are well represented, with The State Commemoration, 1916 The Irish Rebellion, Centenary, Children of the Revolution, Rubberbandits, and 1916 Challenge all nominated across various award categories.
In the Soap & Continuing Drama Award category RTE’s Fair City, which recently celebrated its 4000 episode is nominated alongside TG4’s Ros na Run which celebrated its 21st birthday this year bringing the Irish language soap to audiences for the past 21 years. TV3’s new kid on the block Red Rock now in its second year, completes the trio of Irish Soap all vying for the accolade of Ireland’s Best TV Soap. Each of the soaps havs multiple contenders across all of the craft and performance categories also.
The stand-out Female Performance in a Soap or Comedy sees Aisling O’Neill (Fair City) deliver a stellar performance as her character Carol in Fair City and also Jane McGrath as rule abiding Garda Officer Sharon Cleere in TV3’s Red Rock alongside Andrea Irvine who plays the hard working Garda Sargent Angela Tyrell; and Sharon Horgan receives a nomination for her comedic performance in Catastrophe airing on Channel 4 and Jennifer Zamparelli as the chain-smoking and mischievous 80’s mammy in RTE’s comedy hit Bridget and Eamon.
Male Performance in a Soap or Comedy sees the hilariously funny Brendan O Carroll as everyone’s favourite mammy inMrs. Brown’s Boys; Sean Mahon’s villainous performance as Garda Brian McGonigle in Red Rock alongside Patrick Ryan’sperformance as the constantly trouble-entangled Garda Paudge Brennan, who are all nominated with Karl Shiels who delivers a poignant performance as Robbie Quinn in Ireland’s longest running soap Fair City. This category also sees The Hardy Buck’s Chris Tordoff receive his first nomination for his performance as Francis ‘The Viper’ Higgins in the mockumentary small-town comedy.
Among the very competitive categories is Documentary Series which sees Coco Television deliver its landmark series, 1916 The Irish Rebellion which was narrated by Liam Neeson, examines the Rising and subsequent events that led to an independent Irish State; Tile Films’ Bas na Saoirse explores Irish patriots who were banished to Australia as punishment for their crimes; Independent Pictures’ Crumlin and RTE’s The Joy are observational documentaries with unprecedented access following the daily lives at these Irish institutions.
In the Best Single Documentary category, which is presented in association with BAI, the nominees are Joe Duffy’sChildren of the Revolution, a very moving and informative doc based on his best-selling book; also nominated this year is David McWilliams’ Ireland’s Great Wealth Divide which graphically reveals to the nation just who owns the bulk of Ireland’s wealth; I Am Immigrant which explores what it means to be Irish, John Connor’s honest and heart-felt I Am Traveller, andThe Story of Yes, marking the first anniversary of the same sex referendum.
In a year of terror attacks, Brexit, a General Election, Apple and NAMA, Irish news and current affairs broadcasting is excelling – the News category sees the best of News coverage in the running for and Award including BBC Newsline: Brexit Special; RTE Six One News: Paris Terror Attacks; Nuacht TG4 Vóta 2016; TV3 News: Brexit along with UTV Ireland Live Brexit Special are in contention.
Current Affairs nominees include BBC NI’s Spotlight: Selling Northern Ireland; Claire Byrne Live – Leaders Debate,along with Vincent Browne’s The People’s Debate; and RTE’s Investigates Standards in Public Office.
In the Factual category, broadcaster John Creedon explores the west coast in Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way; VIP’s Daniell and Majella’s B&B Road Trip follows Daniel O’Donnell and his wife Majella on their road trip through Ireland; Ear to the Ground, now in it’s 16th season, explores rural, countryside and environmental issues, and The Guards takes a frontline look at policing in Dublin city centre.
The nominees in the Specialist Factual category newly introduced last year specifically for arts, religion, history, natural history and science, are A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on WB Yeats, Bypassed, Crainn na hEireann, and Wild Cities – Galway.
Nominated in the Animation category this year is Boulder’s Danger Mouse, Wigglywoo’s The Day Henry Met, Sixteen South’s Lily’s Driftwood Bay, and Brown Bag Films series Peter Rabbit; the Irish animation industry is going through a golden age – currently employing over 1600 people, with Irish studios producing award-winning shows that are broadcast all over the world.
In the Children’s category, RTE’s 1916 Challenge is nominated alongside Tyrone’s My Life Champion of the World for CBBC, GMarsh’s Out and About, and Magamedia’s teen drama Eipic.
It wasn’t all World Cup this year, as Ireland’s love of sports is well reflected in this year’s Sport nominees which include Looshorse’s All Day Ireland; along with Apres Match of the Day; Wildfire’s Hidden Ireland: Rugby and Concussion and Strike Films Road to Rio.
The Live Event nominees this year predominantly focus on the centenary celebrations, with RTE’s coverage of the State Commemoration of the 1916 Rising nominated alongside Centenary; Tyrone’s Laochra 1916 GAA Commemoration and Independent’s Big Week on the Farm for RTE.
TG4 celebrates 20 years in October, and Irish Language programming is well represented especially across Irish drama Abu’s An Klondike, Eipic, and Ros Na Run are all nominated alongside Gifted Empire’s Fleadh TV.
Documentaries chronicling Irish life are a theme in the Director Television category. Darragh Byrne’s My Homeless Family,Gerry Hogan’s Ireland’s Great Wealth Divide, Máire Kearney’s Life Before the Rising, and Gerry Nelson’s Wild Cities – Dublin.
The Nominees of the Writing for Soaps and Comedy shows are Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs Brown’s Boys) Jason Butler, Jennifer Zamparelli and Bernard O’Shea (Bridget and Eamon) and Paul Walker (Red Rock); In Directing for Soap or Comedy – Lisa Mulcahy and Diarmuid Goggins are both nominated for their work directing Red Rock, Jason Butler is nominated for Bridget and Eamon and Louise Ní Fhiannachta for Eipic.
For Camera Television, Colm Hogan (1916 The Irish Rebellion), Paddy Jordan (Death of a Son – The Killing of Michael Dwyer), Alistair Neely (Voices ’16) and Michael O’Donovan These Walls can Talk; Editing Television – Jamie Fitzpatrick(Wild Cities – Galway), Derek Holland (A Fanatic Heart: Geldof on Yeats), Iseult Howlett (I Am Immigrant) and Una Ní Dhonghaile (Invisible Man); For Sound Television – 1916 The Irish Rebellion (John Brenna, Garret Farrell and Michelle Fingleton), Danger Mouse (Sol O’Carroll, Dominic Lawrence and Andrew Kirwan), Deoch an Dorais (John Brennan, Dean Jones and Colm O’Rourke) and Hup (Stephen McLoughlin).
A list of all of the nominees.
Apres Match presents Election ’82
Bridget & Eamon
Mrs Brown’s Boys
The Rubberbandits’ Guide to 1916
BBC NI Spotlight: Selling Northern Ireland
Claire Byrne Live – Leaders Debate
The People’s Debate
RTE Investigates Standards in Public Office
1916 The Irish Rebellion
Bas Na Saoirse
Children of the Revolution
I Am Immigrant
I Am Traveller
Ireland’s Great Wealth Divide
The Story of Yes
50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy
Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge
The Imelda May Show
The Seven O’Clock Show
Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way
Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip
Ear to the Ground
Big Week on the Farm
Laochra 1916 GAA Commemoration
The State Commemoration of the 1916 Rising
BBC Newsline: Brexit Special
RTE Six One News – Paris Terror Attacks
TV3 News Special – Brexit
UTV Ireland Live News @ 5:30 – Brexit Special
Reality & Constructed Factual
First Dates Ireland
Rugby’s Wheelchair Challenge
Toughest Place to Be
A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on WB Yeats
Crainn na hEireann
Wild Cities – Galway
All Ireland Day
Apres Match of the Day
Hidden Ireland: rugby and Concussion
Road to Rio
Ros na Run
Sean Mahon – Red Rock
Brendan O Carroll – Mrs. Brown’s Boys
Patrick Ryan – Red Rock
Karl Shiels – Fair City
Chris Tordoff – Hardy Bucks
Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe
Andrea Irvine – Red Rock
Jane McGrath – Red Rock
Aisling O’Neill – Fair City
Jennifer Zamparelli – Bridget and Eamon
Animation – Children’s & Young People’s
The Day Henry Met
Lily’s Driftwood Bay
Peter Rabbit: The Tale Of The Unexpected Discovery
Children’s & Young People’s – Live Action
My Life Champion of the World
Out and About
Ros na Run
Jason Butler – Bridget and Eamon
Diarmuid Goggins – Red Rock
Lisa Mulcahy – Red Rock
Louise Ní Fhiannachta – Eipic
Writer – Soap /Comedy
Jason Butler, Jennifer Zamparelli, Bernard O’Shea – Bridget and Eamon
Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe
Brendan O’Carroll – Mrs Browns Boys
Paul Walker – Red Rock
Colm Hogan – 1916 The Irish Rebellion
Paddy Jordan – Death of a Son – The Killing of Michael Dwyer
Alistair Neely – Voices ’16
Michael O’Donovan – These Walls Can Talk
Darragh Byrne – My Homeless Family
Gerry Hoban Ireland’s Great Wealth Divide
Máire Kearney – Life Before the Rising
Gerry Nelson – Wild Cities Dublin
Jamie Fitzpatrick – Wild Cities – Galway
Derek Holland – A Fanatic Heart: Geldof on Yeats
Iseult Howlett – I Am Immigrant
Una Ní Dhonghaile – Invisible Man
1916 The Irish Rebellion
Deoch an Dorais