Tuesday 18 December 2018

Graham Norton and Sharon Horgan among Irish Bafta TV nominees

 

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Sean O'Grady

Sean O'Grady

Graham Norton, Sharon Horgan and Sinead Keenan are among the Irish stars who have been nominated at this year's Bafta awards.

Celebrating the best in British film and TV over the last year, a number of Irish performers have won recognition for their efforts.

Keenan has been nominated for her leading actress role in ITV drama 'Little Boy Blue'.

She faces competition from Claire Foy for 'The Crown', Thandie Newton in 'Line of Duty' and Molly Windsor for her role in 'Three Girls.'

Keenan's co-star Brian F O'Byrne is nominated in the supporting actor category.

He is up against fellow Irish actor Adrian Dunbar for 'Line of Duty', Anupam Kher for 'The Boy with the Topknot' and Jimmi Simpson for 'USS Callister - Black Mirror'.

Period drama 'Peaky Blinders' is up for best drama alongside 'Line of Duty', 'The Crown' and 'End of the F***ing World'.

While he has been praised for his work on 'Peaky Blinders', lead actor Cillian Murphy did not receive a nomination.

Meath-native Horgan has been nominated in the female performance in a comedy category for Channel 4's 'Catastrophe', which she co-created with Rob Delaney.

She is nominated alongside Daisy May Cooper for 'This Country', Sian Gibson for Peter Kay's 'Car Share' and Anna Maxwell Martin for 'Motherland'.

Horgan's show is also up for best scripted comedy, alongside 'Time Wasters', 'Chewing Gum' and 'This Country'.

Norton has received a nod for entertainment performance on 'The Graham Norton Show'. He will be hoping for a win alongside Adam Hills for 'The Last Leg', Michael McIntyre for 'The Michael McIntyre Show' and Sandi Toksvig for 'QI'.

Although it has been a perennial favourite, Norton's chat show wasn't listed in the entertainment programme nominations.

Instead, 'Britain's Got Talent', 'The Voice UK', 'The Michael McIntyre Show' and 'Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway' were all nominated.

Other hugely popular shows also did not receive a single nomination.

'Strictly Come Dancing' and 'The Great British Bake-Off' did not receive any recognition, although both shows have been nominated in years past.

Former 'Strictly' champion Ore Oduba described the snub as "a big shocker" as the latest series had been "one of the best-watched shows in the history of 'Strictly'".

Popular BBC One drama 'Doctor Foster' and long-running soap 'EastEnders' were also not nominated.

Speaking after the nominations were announced, Bafta chair Jane Lush said the British TV industry was in "pretty good health".

The Bafta TV awards are due to take place at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on May 13 and will be broadcast on BBC One.

Irish Independent

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