Media Release: Celtic Media Festival reveals nominees for 2017 awards

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BBC, TG4, S4C, RTÉ, ITV – along with Galicia, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Brittany – feature across the shortlist

THE Celtic Media Festival has revealed the nominees for the prestigious Torc Awards for Excellence.

The winners are set to be revealed at the 38th festival in Douglas on the Isle of Man, over May 3rd – 5th 2017.

Nominees from across the UK, Ireland and Europe will compete across 23 award categories, including arts, comedy, current affairs, drama, factual, sport, radio and more.

Entries for the 2017 Awards again approached the 500 mark, with the festival consistently attracting submissions from across the range of Celtic nations and regions.

Ten separate juries undertook almost 250 hours of listening and viewing to produce a shortlist of the very best in Celtic productions in the past year.

In a change for 2017, new category, History, attracted a huge number of quality entries.

Amongst those nominated is a co-production between TG4, BBC Northern Ireland and Doubleband films, Eoin Mac Néill: Fear Dearmadta 1916.

Through dramatic reconstruction, access to MacNeill’s unpublished memoir, interviews with key historians and the personal account of MacNeill’s grandson, former Tánaiste, Michael McDowell, pivotal moments in history are brought to life in this drama-doc.

TG4’s Eipic, nominated in the Drama Series category is a story about escape, empowerment and what it means to be a teenage ‘hero’ in contemporary rural Ireland.

Set against the backdrop of the 1916 centenary celebrations, Eipic will go up against the wildly successful Line of Duty, BBC Scotland’s One of Us, and the epic adaptation of War and Peace.

Radio stations and presenters from across the celtic regions compete this year in a strong line-up of native language content, covering music, magazine and documentary programming.

Single Documentary, one of the most hotly contested categories every year, contains nominees from 14 productions covering a multitude of subjects.

The critically-acclaimed Dunblane-Our Story tells the story of the tragic shooting from the point of view of those caught up in the terrible events.

In a landmark film to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the tragedy, many people who have never talked on camera reveal what happened on that day.

Wales’ The Aberfan Young Wives Club marks the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, and how Aberfan has endured since 21st October 1966 when the catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip killed 116 children and 28 adults.

Ireland’s I am Immigrant is a window into the lives of young immigrants who have grown up Irish, and tracks the political reaction to immigration in Europe as the conflict spills violently onto our streets.

In Sports Documentary, Jimmy Johnstone examines the life of a phenomenal Scottish sporting talent, telling the story of the highs and the lows of an unforgettable working class footballer, Celtic legend, husband and father who lost his life to motor neurone disease age 61.

Host nation, Isle of Man’s local Manx Radio has secured a number of nominations.

Festival director, Catriona Logan, said: “The breadth of talent on offer this year is remarkable, as always the quality of programming shows the calibre of those working in the Celtic nations and regions.

“The huge amount of entries were whittled down by our dedicated national juries who, in all, watched and listened to over 250 hours of top-quality submissions.

“We’re absolutely delighted that Celtic Media Festival is approaching and we’re looking forward to revealing the winners at the Festival in Douglas on the Isle of Man in May.”

The 38th Celtic Media Festival takes place over 3rd-5th of May 2017 and will see hundreds of delegates enjoy a packed festival programme in Douglas, Isle of Man.

Supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, TG4, BBC Scotland, RTÉ, MG ALBA, S4C, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland, BBC Cymru Wales, and on the Isle of Man by Department of Economic Development, the festival consistently attracts international delegates wherever it is held and offers a programme that celebrates the influential media industry of the Celtic nations and regions, as well as providing networking opportunities for delegates and speakers alike.

Showcasing the best work from Brittany, Cornwall, Galicia, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales, the festival is expected to attract some of the biggest names in the media world to the town.

Previous high-profile guests include Tilda Swinton, Rhys Ifans, Peter Mullan, Ken Loach, The Killing director Birger Larsen, River and Apple Tree Yard producer Chris Carey, My Mad Fat Diary and Watership Down writer Tom Bidwell, and Doctor Who and Torchwood producer, Russell T Davies.

Although the festival is primarily for industry delegates, there will be a wider programme of events.

Full details of the festival programme will be announced shortly.

For delegate registration, visit


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Isle of Man 2017




Second To None Caboom Ltd

The Lost Letter Dream Logic Studio

A Fanatic Heart: Geldof on Yeats RTÉ and BBC / Peninsula Television

Oíche Chaillte an tSeanchaí TG4 / C-Board Films

Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected BBC Wales / Rondo Media

The Greatest Poem of World War One:

David Jones’s In Parenthesis BBC Wales and BBC Four/Wildflame Productions

Children’s programme

Down On the Farm BBC Scotland

Is Éolaí Mé TG4 / Meangadh Fíbín Teo

Os Bolechas Televisión de Galicia / Edicións Bolanda

Llond Ceg S4C / Green Bay Media

Louzaoueg Anna France 3 Breizh / JPL Films


Bridget & Eamon RTÉ2 / Pure Class Productions

Still Game BBC SCOTLAND / BBC Studios

‘Run Sbit S4C / Cwmni Da

Current affairs

BBC Scotland Investigates: Lies, Laws & the Bin Lorry Tragedy BBC Scotland

Eorpa Irish Babies BBC Scotland Gaelic

Living With Dementia: Chris’s Story BBC Wales

RTÉ Investigates – Standards in Public Office RTÉ

Y Byd ar Bedwar – Y Cymry a’r Qu’ran S4C / ITV Cymru Wales

Drama series

Eipic TG4 / Magamedia

Line Of Duty BBC / World Productions Limited

One of Us BBC Scotland

War and Peace BBC One / BBC Cymru Wales


Centenary RTÉ

Les Miserables: Y Daith i’r Llwyfan S4C / Rondo Media

Factual entertainment

Big Week On The Farm RTÉ / Independent Pictures

Port BBC ALBA and TG4 / Bees Nees Media

Wil, Aeron a’r Inca S4C / Cwmni Da

Factual series


Coastal Path BBC SW

Doctoriaid Yfory S4C  / Green Bay Media

Rural Addiction RTÉ / Midas Productions

Scotland’s Game BBC Scotland

Tríd an Lionsa – Headhunters TG4 / Sibéal Teo

Y Ditectif S4C  / ITV Cymru Wales


Eoin Mac Néill: Fear Dearmadta 1916 BBC2 NI and TG4 / Doubleband Films

Ffwtbol a Fflêrs: Cofio Arwyr `76 S4C / Rondo Media

Golden Tree Golden Tree Productions

Scotland and The Klan BBC / Matchlight

Short drama

Breathe Greeble Ltd

Hula Braw Films

Pili Palod Penygroes BBC Wales and S4C / It’s My Shout Ltd

The Battle of Ronaldsway

Single documentary

A-vihanig France 3 Bretagne

Aberfan – The Fight for Justice BBC One / Cynyrchiadau Alpha Productions

Coming Oot! The Fabulous History of Gay Scotland BBC Scotland / Hopscotch Films

Dunblane – Our Story BBC 1 / STV

Dying Breed A38 Films

Enough to Fill Up an Eggcup Mark Jenkin – The Independent Film Unit

Erwan Ropars, Hêrezh ar bazhvalan France 3 Bretagne

Hamish BBC ALBA / Bees Nees Media

How To Defuse A Bomb: The Project Children Story RTÉ / Alleycats TV

I Am Immigrant RTÉ / Motive Television

In Eadan na Taoide TG4 / Scannáin Lugh Teo

Swansea Sparkle: A Transgender Story BBC One Wales / Telesgop

The Aberfan Young Wives’ Club ITV / Shiver Cymru

Where You’re Meant To Be BBC / Better Days

Single drama

Brown Willy The Malabar Film Unit

El desconocido Televisión de Galicia / Vaca Films

The Green Hollow BBC One Wales and BBC Four/BBC Cymru Wales

Sports documentary

Crash and Burn RTÉ and BBC / Dot Television

Jimmy Johnstone BBC ALBA / purpleTV

Merci Cymru S4C / BBC Wales

Kieran Hegarty Award for Innovation

Build It Scotland BBC Scotland

Lifebabble BBC Scotland

Mise Gaillimh 2020 Saoi Media

MTTV news PMC-TV ltd

Say Something in Manx Say

#towerlives BBC Wales

Llond Ceg Galactig

Voices 16 BBC Northern Ireland Productions

wearehere BBC Scotland

Wilde Stories Athena Media


Radio comedy

Big Country BBC Radio Ulster / Cave Bear Productions

Bennett Arron Worries About… Being Offensive BBC Radio Wales / Absolutely Productions

Breaking the News BBC Radio Scotland

Bron Meirion BBC Radio Cymru

Colm O’Regan Wants a Word RTÉ Radio 1 / Sideline Productions

Fags, Mags And Bags BBC Radio 4 / The Comedy Unit

Lewis Macleod’s Wired News BBC Radio Scotland / The Comedy Unit

The Unexplainers BBC Radio Wales / Zipline Creative LTD
Radio Documentary

Aberfan BBC Radio Cymru

Aberfan – Covering a Catastrophe BBC Radio Wales / Leaping Wing

Fianais BBC Radio nan Gàidheal

Documentary On One: Ireland’s Secret Hangman RTÉ Radio 1

Documentary On One: No Time To Lose RTÉ Radio 1

Our Story – Ravenscraig BBC Radio Scotland

Sin an Saol RTÉ Raidió Na Gaeltachta

Tormod a’ Bhocsair BBC Radio nan Gàidheal

The Forgotten Champion BBC Wales Sport

Young Voters on the Isle of Man Manx Radio

Radio magazine show

Adhmhaidin RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

An Bricfeasta Blasta Raidió na Life

Beag air Bheag BBC Radio nan Gàidheal

Behind the Headlines Isles FM – Annie Delin

Rhaglen Aled Hughes BBC Radio Cymru

Scots Radio Birseland Media

The John Toal Show BBC Radio Ulster

Women Today Manx Radio

Radio music programme (live)

Blas Ceoil BBC Gaeilge

Caithream Ciuil BBC Radio nan Gàidheal

Frank Hennessy’s Six nations Musical Finale BBC Radio Wales

Mac ‘Ille Mhicheil BBC Radio nan Gàidheal/Sorbier Productions Ltd

Recordiau Rhys Mwyn BBC Radio Cymru

The Rolling Wave RTÉ

Travelling Folk Special with Bruce MacGregor BBC Radio Scotland

Radio presenter of the year

Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Ricky Ross BBC Radio Scotland

Wynne Evans BBC Radio Wales

Radio sports

A Long way to Tipperary – Sunday Sport RTÉ End of year RTÉ Sport / Adrian Eames

Cymru v Gwlad Belg BBC Radio Cymru

Euro 2016 Wales v Belgium BBC Wales Sport

Spòrs na Seachdain BBC Radio nan Gàidheal

Sportsound BBC Scotland

WPLRADIO audioBoom

Radio station of the year

Raidió na Life 106.4FM Raidió na Life

BBC Radio Ulster BBC Radio Ulster

Radio Foyle BBC

Raidió Fáilte Raidió Fáilte

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Manx Radio Manx Radio

BBC Radio Scotland BBC Radio Scotland

Radio nan Gàidheal BBC Gàidhlig

BBC Radio Wales BBC Radio Wales

Radio Cymru BBC Radio Cymru


The Celtic Media Festival 2017 is being held from 3rd-5th of May in Douglas Isle of Man.

The Celtic Media Festival’s aim is to promote the languages and cultures of the Celtic countries on screen and in broadcasting. The Celtic Media Festival is supported by broadcast, film, cultural and economic development organisations throughout the Celtic countries.

The festival is an annual three-day celebration of broadcasting, film talent and excellence from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany and Galicia.

One of the many festival highlights will be the presentation of the Torc Awards for Excellence.

Categories include Factual Series, Arts, Drama, Sport, Current Affairs, Best App, Innovation, Radio Station of the Year and one new category for 2017, History.

For further details, please see

For more details on the history of the festival, award categories and delegate registration, please visit

The festival moves location every year, reflecting the peripatetic nature of the Celts.

The festival is core funded by: BBC Wales, BBC Northern Ireland, RTE, TG4, MG ALBA, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Scotland and S4C.

Festival sponsors for 2017 are: Department of Economic Development – Isle of Man, SES/Isle of Media, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, TG4, BBC Scotland, RTÉ, MG ALBA, S4C, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Cymru Wales.


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