THE Edinburgh Television Festival brought to you by YouTube and BT, has revealed the shortlist of nominations for the Edinburgh TV Awards, it was announced today (WED).
Presented by writer, comedian, TV and radio presenter, Frank Skinner, the TV Awards, now in their 17th year, form one of the highlights of the TV Festival calendar, bringing out the TV industry’s glitterati, as well as showcasing the outstanding talent, and incredible breadth of genres and creativity that broadcasters and production companies produce year after year. The shortlist was voted for by over 90 industry professionals.
Frank Skinner, said: “Having finally reached that plane of consciousness from which I can watch others winning things and feel no pain, I am, at last, ready to host the Edinburgh TV Awards. And what host could ask for a better wind beneath his wings than an audience of TV executives? I cannot wait.”
The shortlist features nominations in categories including: Channel of the Year and Production Company of the Year, as well as a number of new categories including: Best Specialist Channel, Best UK Drama, Best International Drama, Best Documentary Programme, Best Popular Factual Series, Best Entertainment Series, Best Comedy Series, and Best On-Screen Breakthrough Talent.
Edinburgh TV Awards shortlist 2018
Channel of the year award:
Specialist channel of the year
Production company of the year
Big Talk Productions
Best breakthrough talent
Daisy and Charlie Cooper, BBC Three
Jack Rowan, Channel 4
Rodney P, BBC
Daniel Lawrence Taylor, ITV2
Rachel Parris, Channel 4
Letitia Wright, Netflix/Channel 4
Best comedy series
This Country, BBC Studios
Derry Girls, Hat Trick
Peter Kay’s Car Share, Goodnight Vienna
Inside No.9, BBC Studios
People Just Do Nothing, Roughcut TV
GameFace, Objective Media Group
Best entertainment series
Celebs Go Dating, Lime Pictures
Love Island, ITV Studios Ltd, Motion Content Group
The Graham Norton Show, So Television
Taskmaster Series 5, Avalon Productions
Gogglebox, Studio Lambert
Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule, CPL Productions
Best popular factual series
Coastal Railway Journey’s with Julie Walters, Alaska TV
No More Boys and Girls, Outline Productions
Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, CPL Productions
The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night, Spun Gold
Cruising with Jane McDonald, Elephant House Productions
Portrait Artist of the Year, Storyvault Films
Best documentary programme
Blue Planet II, BBC Studios NHU, BBC Worldwide
Louis Theroux: Dark states, Heroin Town, BBC Studios: The Documentary Unit
Raped: My Story, Lambent Productions
Grenfell Tower: Minute by Minute, ITN Productions
Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story, Fulwell 73, Darke Films, Black Sun Media
James Bulger: A Mother’s Story, Optomen
Best UK drama
Peaky Blinders, Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions
Murdered for Being Different, BBC Studios: The Documentary Unit
Three Girls, BBC Studios, Studio Lambert
Save Me, World Productions
The End of the F***** World, Clerkenwell Films
Line of Duty, World Productions
Best international drama
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Fox 21 Television Studios, Plan B Entertainment, Ryan Murphy Productions
The Handmaid’s Tale, An MGM and HULU production
The Crown, Left Bank Pictures
Game of Thrones, HBO in association with Bighead, Littlehead, 360 Television, Startling Television
Big Little Lies, HBO, David E.Kelly Productions, Pacific Standard and Blossom Films
Tin Star, Kudos
Festival director, Lisa Campbell, said: “Judging has been especially tough this year with the introduction of our new categories and the breadth of talent, creativity and downright compelling viewing that has graced our screens. Good luck to all of our nominees!”
The TV Moment of the Year category, voted for exclusively via the festival app saw AJ’s priceless reaction to new football boots in Rich House, Poor House claim victory in last year’s awards.
This year’s TV Moment of the Year category will open in July and remain open until Thursday, 23rd August, the day of the Edinburgh TV Awards ceremony.
Last year, BBC One picked up the coveted Channel of the Year gong, while the production company of the year went to Left Bank Pictures.
As a festival and a charity, the Edinburgh International Television Festival is committed to helping young people from all backgrounds gain access to the TV industry. It runs two young talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network.
Both schemes aim to ensure that the people working in television are as diverse as the audience watching it.
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