Double TV award success for series made in Ireland

A made-in-Ireland TV series on the tumultuous early years of Henry VIII has clinched two prestigious television awards, it emerged today.

A made-in-Ireland TV series on the tumultuous early years of Henry VIII has clinched two prestigious television awards, it emerged today.

'The Tudors', starring Cork actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, picked up two Emmys for costume design and music at a major ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Joan Bergin won in the Outstanding Costumes For a Series category, while Trevor Morris clinched the Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music accolade.

The €29m 10-episode series was shot last year at Ardmore Studios in Bray, Co Wicklow, and on location around Ireland with the help of the Irish Film Board.

Presented annually by the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Emmy awards are the TV equivalent of the Oscars.

The programme had also been shortlisted for both Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series and Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series.

The Tudors focuses on the early years of King Henry VIII's nearly 40-year reign in England.

It takes in his marriages to Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, who was beheaded for treason and adultery, and his relationships with Sir Thomas More and Cardinal Thomas Wolsey.

The first series is been screened on TV3 while filming on a second is already under way.

Ms Bergin said she was thrilled with the achievement, which she described as a tremendous boost for the show.

"Yes this is wonderful. We're back at work right away as we're in the middle of the second series," she said.

"TV has such a feel of the new film these days."

Two of Ms Bergin's costume colleagues, supervisors Ger Scully and Jessica O'Leary, were also recognised.

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