Friday 19 January 2018

Irish make it a double BAFTA win

TV presenter Amanda Byram arrives at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards, in which fellow Irish celebrity Graham Linehan won the best Comedy Writer Prize, in London, last night. PA

Sam Griffin

IRISH writer Graham Linehan and designer Mark Geraghty made it a double Irish success at this year's Bafta Craft awards which honours behind-the-scenes achievements in TV.

Linehan took top prize in the Best Comedy Writer category for the TV series 'The IT Crowd' while Mark Geraghty picked up his award in the Product Design category for his work on 'Ripper Street'.

The BAFTA prizes last night honoured writers, directors, producers and others working behind the cameras.

The award is Linehan's fifth Bafta crown and second for 'The IT Crowd'. There was disappointment however for Ireland's John Conroy, a cinematographer and partner of Yvonne Keating, who had been nominated in the Best Photography and Lighting for fictional works.

Despite Conroy losing out to George Steel for his work on one of the night's big winners, Peaky Blinders, Keating tweeted: "So proud of my man. Fabulous at BAFTA ceremony. A room full of talented people making amazing television."

Peaky Blinders, which stars Irish actor Cillian Murphy, had been nominated for six prizes.

Irish Independent

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