Derry Girls, Young Offenders and Storm Emma all among this year's IFTA Gala television nominees

Two months after the who's who of Irish stage and screen walked the red carpet at the 2018 Film and Drama Awards, the Irish Film & Television Academy have announced the nominees for this year's Gala Television Awards.

And from Ireland's Got Talent, Young Offenders and Derry Girls, it is pack to the brim of our favourite small screen stars.

Even Storm Emma got a mention.

The Nominees are announced in 23 strongly contested television categories; from entertainment, comedy, Soap and Performance to factual, current affairs and news across all of the Irish broadcasters RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, TV3, be3, TG4 and BBC Northern Ireland.

Let's not beat around the bush, the nominees for the 2018 IFTA Gala Television Awards are as follows:


ENTERTAINMENT

Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge (Mind the Gap)

Dancing with the Stars (ShinaWil)

Ireland's Got Talent (Kite Entertainment)

The Tommy Tiernan Show (Power Pictures)


COMEDY

Bridget & Eamon (Pureclass Productions/RTE)

Derry Girls (Hat Trick / Channel 4)

Mrs Brown's Boys (BOC Productions / BBC/RTE)

The Young Offenders (Vico Films/ BBC3/RTE)


FACTUAL

Creedon's Shannon (RTE Cork)

Hector Central (Good Company Productions/TV4)

Room to Improve (Coco Television)

Schizophrenia: The Voices in My Head (Firebrand Productions)


DOCUMENTARY SERIES

Éire Fhiáin An Cósta Thiar (Crossing the Line / TG4)

John Connors: The Travellers (Scratch Films / RTE)

Keeping Ireland Alive - The Health Service In a Day (IndiePics / RTE)

The Zoo TV Series (Moondance / RTE)


DOCUMENTARY SINGLE (presented in association with BAI)

Autism and Me (Firebrand / RTE)

The Great Irish Sell-Off (RTÉ Factual)

Pearl Harbor - The Heroes Who Fought Back (360 Productions/Discovery)

Shaw: My Astonishing Self (Animo TV / RTE)

We Need to Talk about Dad (Waka TV/RTE)


SOAP / CONTINUING DRAMA

Fair City (RTE)

Red Rock (TV3)

Ros na Rún (TG4)


FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Cathy Belton - Red Rock (TV3)

Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe ((Merman & Avalon TV / Channel 4))

Seana Kerslake – Can’t Cope Won’t Cope (Deadpan Productions / RTE)

Saoirse-Monica Jackson – Derry Girls (Hat Trick/Channel 4)

Hilary Rose – Young Offenders (Vico Films / BBC3/RTE)


MALE PERFORMANCE

Sean McGinley, Fir Bolg (Dearg Films / TG4)

Chris Newman, Red Rock (TV3)

Brendan O’Carroll, Mrs Brown’s Boys (BOC Productions for BBC/RTE)

Tommy Tiernan, Derry Girls (Hat Trick / Channel 4)

Chris Walley, The Young Offenders (Vico Films/ BBC3/RTE)


LIVE EVENT

Big Week on the Farm (IndiePics/RTE)

Storm Ophelia: A 3 News Special (TV3)

TG4XX BEO (Gifted Empire/TG4)

Weather Live (Loosehorse/RTE)


REALITY & CONSTRUCTED REALITY

First Dates Ireland (Coco TV / RTE)

Francis Brennan's Grand Vietnamese Tour (Waddell Media / RTE)

Gogglebox Ireland (Kite Entertainment / TV3)

Painting the Nation (IndiePics / RTE)


SPECIALIST FACTUAL

Aerial Ireland (Tile Films / Smithsonian)

Fairytale of New York (RTE)

Portrait of a Gallery (Wildfire Productions / RTE)

Wild Ireland - The Edge of the World (Crossing the Line / RTE/BBC)


SPORTS

Anthony Foley: Munsterman (Wildfire Productions / RTE)

Crash and Burn (DotTV/TG4)

Giles ( Loosehorse/RTE)

Pull Like A Dog (Wildfire/RTE)


CURRENT AFFAIRS

BBC NI Spotlight - The Nama Tapes: Corruption

Claire Byrne Live (RTE)

RTE Investigates - Nightmare to Let

The Tonight Show (TV3)


NEWS

BBC Newsline

Brexit Gets Triggered : A 3 News Special

RTE Six One News


CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE’S - LIVE ACTION

Bernard Dunne's Mythical Heroes (Firebrand/RTE)

Drop Dead Weird (Telegael/RTE)

Is Eolaí Mé (Meangadh Fíbín TG4)

Lurgan 2K17 (Iris Productions /TG4)


ANIMATION –CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE

The Day Henry Met (Wigglywoo)

Lily’s Driftwood Bay (Sixteen South)

Little Roy (Jam Media)

Vampirina (Brown Bag)


IRISH LANGUAGE

Fir Bolg (Dearg Films / TG4)

Frank O’Connor Idi Dhá Shruth (Animo TV/TG4)

Rocky Ros Muc (Below the Radar)

Ros na Run (EO Teilifis/Tyrone Productions / TG4)


DIRECTOR COMEDY/SOAP

Cathy Brady, Can't Cope Won't Cope (Deadpan Productions /RTE)

Jason Butler, Bridget and Eamon (Pureclass Productions / RTE)

Diarmuid Goggins, Red Rock (TV3)

Peter Foott, The Young Offenders (Vico Films / BBC3/RTE)


WRITER COMEDY/SOAP

Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe (Merman & Avalon TV / Channel 4)

Stephanie Preissner, Can't Cope Won't Cope (Deadpan Productions /RTE)

Lisa McGee, Derry Girls (Hat Trick/Channel 4)

Peter Foott, The Young Offenders (Vico Films / BBC3/RTE)


DIRECTOR TELEVISION

Kim Bartley, Schizophrenia The Voices in My Head (Frontline Films/RTE)

Gerry Hoban Shaw, My Astonishing Self (Animo TV/RTE)

Garry Keane, Deafening (Mind the Gap / RTE)

Aoife Kelleher, We Need to Talk About Dad (Waka TV / RTE)


CAMERA TELEVISION

Patrick Jordan, The Young Offenders (Vico Films / BBC3/RTE)

Ciaran Tanham, Red Rock (TV3)

Mick O’Rourke, Sacred Sites (Tile Films / Smithsonian Channel)

Domenico Pontillo, Wild Ireland - the Edge of the World (Crossing the Line / RTE/BBC)


EDITING TELEVISION

Iseult Howlett, Shaw My Astonishing Self (Animo TV / RTE)

John Murphy, Giles (Loosehorse/RTE)

Jamie Fitzpatrick, Wild Ireland - the Edge of the World (Crossing the Line / RTE/BBC)

Bob Caldwell, Pearl Harbor The Heroes Who Fought Back (360 Productions / Discovery)


SOUND TELEVISION

Daniel Crowley, Jordan Mullen & Fionan Higgins - The Young Offenders

Mick Cassidy & Killian Fitzgerald for Sacred Sites

Paddy O’Hanlon, Garret Farrell & Michelee Fingleton Can’t Cope Won’t Cope

Fiachra O’Hanlon and Killian Fitzgerald Pearl Harbour The Heroes who Fought Back (360 Productions / Discovery)


Academy CEO, Aine Moriarty said: “Congratulations to all the programme-makers for delivering such incredible work, the standard keeps getting higher each year. The Academy is proud to give due recognition to Irish achievements in television and to the great Irish creative talent involved.”

The ceremony is set to take place at the RDS in Dublin on Thursday, May 31, 2018.


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