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Na Cloigne ahead of the rest at Celtic Media Festival

A dark thriller has won TG4 yet another major prize at the Celtic Media Festival 2011 in Stornoway on the Western Isles in Scotland this evening. The Best Drama Series Award went to Na Cloigne

The award-winning series tells the story of a young couple whose contacts with the violent forces of the supernatural Other Side lead, over an intense three day period, to the horrific murder of two young women and to everlasting consequences for the couple themselves.

The series aired on TG4 last year and was produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh of Rosg Teoranta and directed by Robert Quinn.  The script was by Darach Ó Scolaí & Lauren MacKenzie and the cast includes Dara Ó Dubháin, Siobhán Ní Cheallaigh, Barry McGovern and  Micheál Ó Conaola. The project was funded by TG4, the Broadcasting Authority’s Sound and Vision scheme, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board and by the Section 481 film support scheme also.  It was in direct competition at the Celtic with projects from other broadcasters, including big-budget English language series like Sherlock Holmes  from the BBC.

Celtic Media Festival is one of the most prestigious and long established annual festivals in these islands.  It presents awards in a range of programme categories.   Entries go through a national pre-selection phase in each of the Celtic countries with the best advancing to the International Festival.  TG4 has six projects shortlisted in the various categories and today’s win is the channel’s third at this year’s festival   

TG4 Director of Commissioning, Micheal Ó Meallaigh, said that drama awards are particularly coveted and that they are of special importance for the Irish language service. “Creating original high-quality drama in any Celtic language is quite a challenge. It is gratifying to see a series like this winning out in competition with the best from Scotland, Wales and indeed Ireland”, he said.

Linda Ní Ghríofa, TG4, 091-505050

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