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Celtic Media Festival Nominees for 2018
07 Mar 2018 :
After dominating the Comedy category last year, one of Scotland's most successful comedy exports, Still Game (BBC One), challenges again in 2018.

Building on the success of their recent Scottish BAFTA win for Single Documentary, Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions (BBC Scotland) continue their celebration of the 50th anniversary of Celtic winning the European Cup with a Sports Documentary nomination. RTÉ's The Tommy Tiernan Show  is nominated in Entertainment and BBC Radio Ulster's John Toal, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal's Seamus MacDonald and BBC Cymru's Aled Hughes battle it out in the Radio Presenter category.

The Celtic Media Festival has today (Wednesday 7th March) revealed the nominees for the prestigious Torc Awards for Excellence. The winners are set to be revealed at the 39th Festival this 2-4 May in Llanelli.

Nominees from across the U.K., Ireland and Europe will compete across 23 award categories, including arts, comedy, current affairs, drama, factual, sport, radio, and more. Entries for the 2018 Awards surpassed the 500 mark, with the festival consistently attracting submissions from across the range of Celtic nations and regions. 10 separate juries undertook 16 meetings over 250 hours of listening and viewing to produce a shortlist of the very best in Celtic productions in the past year.

Single Documentary, the most entered category at every Celtic Media Festival, had over 70 entries this year with 13 nominations covering a multitude of subjects. Richard and Jaco: Life with Autism (BBC One) is an intimate story telling the personal tale of Waterloo Road actor Richard Mylan's and his 11 year old son Jaco and what it is like to live with autism from both a child and the family’s perspective. Wave Goodbye To Dinosaurs (BBC Northern Ireland) is the extraordinary story of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, a cross-community party formed in 1996 by local working and middle class women. The women ran a door-to-door campaign to win two seats at the historic peace talks, which culminated in the Good Friday Agreement.

In Sports Documentary, hot off the heels of their Scottish BAFTA win and continuing their celebration of the 50th anniversary of Celtic winning the European Cup, Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions are nominated for their tale of Celtics extraordinary and enduring accomplishment.

In Drama Series, critically acclaimed An Klondike (TG4), is the first Western to be made in Ireland and tells the story of the Connolly Brothers;  three Irish emigrants who travel from Montana to the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush of the 1890's in the hope of striking it rich. An Klondike will go up against crime drama  Bang (S4C), dark comic drama Can't Cope Won't Cope (RTÉ)  and Dalia, a modista  (TVG), Fin ar Bed (France Télévisions) and The Replacement (BBC One).

Festival Director Catriona Logan said: "We are delighted to announce our nominees on Facebook Live for the first time in Celtic Media Festival's History. The quality of the nominees truly shows the quality of the programmes being made in the Celtic nations and regions. The juries had a very hard job in deciding which of the outstanding entries to shortlist and we feel that this is an extremely strong nominee list. We look forward to welcoming nominees and delegates to Llanelli in May."

Full details of the festival programme will be announced shortly. For delegate registration, visit www.celticmediafestival.co.uk


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