Media release: Celtic Media Festival announces 2022 nominees

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THE Celtic Media Festival has today unveiled the full list of nominees for this year’s Torc Awards for Excellence.

Set to take place from 7th – 9th June in the stunning medieval city of Quimper, Brittany, France, this year’s shortlist includes Sky TV’s romantic fantasy, A Discovery of Witches, for the coveted title of Best Drama Series.

The time-traveling thriller is nominated alongside Amazon Prime’s multi-language drama, 3 Caminos, while BBC lead the way with one of the most talked-about programmes of the year, Line of Duty; the anxiety-fuelled series, Vigil, starring Surranne Jones; and BBC Scotland’s dark comic drama, Guilt, and S4C’s Welsh language drama, Yr Amgueddfa.

BBC Scotland’s Killing Escobar, an enthralling documentary exploring an attempted assassination of the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, is nominated in the hotly-contested Feature Documentary category, as well as RTÉ’s The Hunger, the harrowing story of the Irish Famine, and five other stellar nominees from across Brittany, Ireland and Wales.

Excellence in journalism is celebrated in the Current Affairs category as one of the Welsh Police’s most challenging investigations is examined in Llofruddiaeth Michael O’Leary.

BBC Scotland’s Disclosure: Desperately Seeking Asylum asks whether the current system of support for those seeking refuge in Scotland is effective.

Catriona Logan, festival director, said: “This year’s nominee list is as strong in quality and representation as it is diverse in content, with some absolutely incredible nominees across all categories. From big budget productions, to more intimate works, the nominees for the Torc Awards for Excellence for 2022, are truly representative of the skill and ingenuity of our content creators. We’re so happy to be taking the awards to Quimper for the first time in 20 years, with a group of nominees that are as high-quality as any in our history.”

Nominees featured in the festival’s Radio categories include BBC Radio Scotland’s Kaye Adams for Radio Presenter of the Year; three-time winner of the Radio Comedy category, BBC Radio Ulster’s A Perforated Ulster; while Radio Galega competes for the first time against BBC Radio Cymru, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, BBC Radio Foyle, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Wales and Raidió na Life for Radio Station of the Year.

BBC Wales’ disquieting A Killing In Tiger Bay, is nominated for best Factual Series against nominations from across the Celtic nations. Hugely successful Breton drama, Fin ar Bed 2, the sequel to the nominated drama series, is nominated in two categories; Single Drama and Spirit of the Festival.

The Celtic Media Festival, now in its 43rd year, will take place as originally planned for 2020 in the picturesque city of Quimper, the festival’s first time in Brittany since 2002.

See the full list of nominations, here.

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