TG4 Win at Celtic Media Awards
TG4's miniseries set in a television newsroom, Corp 's Anam , won Best Drama Series at the festival taking place in Derry. S4C's Alys, BBC Scotland's The Field of Blood and BBC Wales' The Indian Doctor were also nominated in this category. TG4 also won the Young People's Award for Ó Tholg go Tolg a travel series. It was up againist Brittany's Ar Seizh Alc'houez, BBC Scotland's Breab! and S4C's Dim Byd.
Corp 's Anam was produced by Magamedia for TG4 and was part funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán Na hÉireann (IFB/BSÉ). TV Crime Correspondent Cathal Mac Iarnáin (Diarmuid de Faoite) will do anything and everything to get a story. Soon the story is about his own family. Maria Doyle Kennedy also stars.
Ó Tholg go Tolg was produced by Red Pepper Productions for TG4. Áine Goggins and camera woman Maeve Hackett "couchsurf" through Europe. The girls spend the night in welcoming homes across Europe, here they learn of the lives of others.
TG4 Director-General, Pól Ó Gallchóir, said that awards such as these are of particular importance “It is gratifying to see our work standing up to competition from the best from Scotland, Wales and indeed Ireland”, he said. “Awards like these reaffirm our conviction that quality will travel well and appeal to a wider audience, irrespective of original language. Accolades such as these from an international jury of fellow professionals are the highest praise of all.”
Derry is the host of this years Celtic Media Festival. It allows for networking between students, broadcasters and producers. All entries to the award go through a national preselection phase in each country. This year TG4 has nine works shortlisted in the various categories in this year’s Festival.