Stardust drama up for top TV award

An RTE drama depicting the Stardust nightclub fire which claimed the lives of 48 young people has been shortlisted for an award at this year’s prestigious Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

An RTE drama depicting the Stardust nightclub fire which claimed the lives of 48 young people has been shortlisted for an award at this year’s prestigious Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

The two-part programme ‘Stardust’, screened in February, relates the tragic events of St Valentine’s night in 1981 when a devastating blaze broke out at the club in Artane, north Dublin.

Hundreds of people were inside the disco as the fire took hold with escape routes blocked by barred windows and chained doors.

The drama also explores the victims families’ search for answers and justice in the years following the disaster.

Made for RTE by Brackside Merlin Films, it featured outstanding performances by Bryan McMahon, Ger Ryan and Ruth Bradley, with each episode attracting over 650,000 viewers.

‘Stardust’ is competing in the Best Mini-Series category against ITV’s Elizabeth I, which starred Helen Mirren and BBC2’s To the Ends of the Earth. It is the only Irish nominee in the mini-series category.

Other Irish productions nominated at the Monte-Carlo festival include Ronan Glenane’s TV movie Pride & Joy and RTE’s current affairs programme Prime Time Investigates ‘Home Truths’.

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