The acclaimed TG4 comedy drama series chronicling the shenanigans at the annual Galway Races has been shortlisted in no less than five different award categories for the latest Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA), announced yesterday.
The seven-part series which was produced by Great Western Films and broadcast last in Autumn (and again over Christmas), has been shortlisted in the Best Drama Serial, Best TV Director (Robert Quinn), Best Actress in Lead Role (Ruth Bradley), Best TV Script (James Phelan) and in the Special Irish Language categories.
Other TG4 productions shortlisted by IFTA include two double entries for other drama series Ros na Rún, (in the Soaps and Irish language categories) and Seacht (in the Youth and in the Irish language categories) , two documentary series Bóthar go dtí an White House (the Irish contribution to the US Presidency) and Teorainn (the history of the Border), and GAA Beo, the channel's Gaelic games programme (Sports).
Ardstiúrthóir TG4 , Pól Ó Gallchóir, congratulated all the TG4 productions nominated for IFTA. He said the nominees reflected the quality and breadth of TG4 programming. "TG4 has received nominations and prizes at each national award scheme since we came on air," he said "as well as international recognition. We are very pleased at the range of categories in which TG4 output has been selected. We are constantly heartened to hear from viewers and critics that they associate TG4 with quality programmes. These latest shortlists from IFTA confirm that," he said.
The IFTA Awards will be presented at a gala ceremony in Dublin on 20th of February.
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