Wednesday 13 November 2019

'Nancy gets to get her gladrags on and go to New York' - Baz Ashmawy on Emmy nod

Baz and Mum Nancy
Baz and Mum Nancy

Elaine McCahill

Baz Ashmawy said he is "shocked and delighted" that 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy has been nominated for an International Emmy Award.

The hit reality series follows Baz and his mum Nancy on their daredevil adventures around the world and is up for the award for Best Non-Scripted Entertainment Show.

Baz and mum Nancy
Baz and mum Nancy

The tv star spoke to RTE 2FM's Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene just after he received the news.

"It's a bit of a shock to be honest. It's great," the Rathfarnam said.

Baz Ashmawy and fiancée Tanja Evans
Baz Ashmawy and fiancée Tanja Evans

"When I was making 'Mammy', I wanted to make something that was funny and fresh and made people feel sentimental about their family - you're not making it to sell or for awards," he added.

The winners will be announced at a black tie ball in the Hilton Hotel in New York on November 23.

"Nancy gets to go to the Emmys," he said incredulously. "That's bananas. She's going to get her gladrags on an have a glitzy night in The Hilton!"

Baz added that his 72-year-old mother has never been to the Big Apple.

Baz Ashmawy and Vogue Williams launching the JUST EAT National Takeaway Awards
Baz Ashmawy and Vogue Williams launching the JUST EAT National Takeaway Awards

"She gets to do it right, in a nice limo. I'm so excited for her. She's such an amazing person to hang out with, we just have such a ball together."

Baz and Nancy are up against Barones de la Cerveza from Argentina, Belgium's Flying Doctors and Master Chef South Africa for the top gong.

The format has been sold to more than 100 countries and Baz's production company, Brown Bread Films, has pocketed a rumoured €5m from the sales.

Baz said it's a great honour to have the series - which sees him and his mammy go to Lapland and spend time in a jail in the Philippines - recognised internationally.

"I'm not a big person for awards, I've always been happy enough knowing people's reactions to the show," he also told The Herald

"But this is lovely because you have to put yourself forward for a lot of awards, though we're really shocked at this. It's just not something you expect."

Meanwhile, the show was also nominated in the Best Entertainment Show category for the inaugural IFTA TV Awards, which take place in Dublin later this month.

Fifty Ways To Kill Your Mammy is up against The Voice of Ireland, The Imelda May Show and Ireland AM for the prize on home soil.

Baz said he and Nancy are going to start working on a third season of the show soon.

The final episode of the new season, which sees the intrepid pair take on Japan, airs tonight on Sky 1 at 9pm.

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