Wildfire Films’ comedy series, ‘An Crisis’, and ‘World 2000’s historical drama ‘The Tudors’ have received six and three Golden Nymph nominations respectively at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival 2010.
The nominations received include nods for the acting talents of Risteard Cooper, Conor MacNeill, Norma Sheahan and Michelle Beamish in ‘An Crisis’ and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point, Shelter) in ‘The Tudors’. Furthermore, ‘An Crisis’ producers Martha O’Neill and Micheal O’Meallaigh and ‘The Tudors’ Morgan O’Sullivan were all nominated in several production categories.
The 50th anniversary of the Monte Carlo Television Festival sees nine nominations for Irish television production. Where Irish acting is concerned Risteard Cooper (Après Match, The Big Bow Wow, Bittersweet) and Conor MacNeill (Fifty Dead Men Walking, Five Minutes of Heaven) have been nominated in the category of Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. The Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series group sees nods for both Norma Sheahan (The Clinic, Savage, Ondine) and Michelle Beamish (Rasai Na Gaillimhe, Seacht). Finally Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of King Henry V.
As to the production side of things ‘The Tudors’ producer Morgan O’Sullivan has been nominated in two categories, namely Outstanding International Producer and Outstanding European Producer in the Drama Series group. ’An Crisis’ producers Martha O’Neill ( The Ballad of Kid Kanturk, On Home Ground) and Micheal O’Meallaigh (If I should fall from Grace: The Shane McGowan Story, Striapacha) have also been nominated in the categories of Outstanding International Producer and Outstanding European Producer but in the festival’s Comedy Series grouping.
’An Crisis’ is a six part comedy series that chronicles the strange world of ACT (An Chomhairle Teanga), an Irish language organisation that seems to be following policies that are quite unusual. ‘The Tudors’ series examines the turbulent reign of King Henry VIII and his many marriages.
Wildfire films producer, Martha O’Neill has voiced her delight at the series’ nominations, saying: “To receive multiple nominations at such a prestigious International event as the Monte-Carlo Television Festival is quite an achievement and an honour. We are thrilled, not just for Wildfire films but also on behalf of our commissioners TG4, without whom this wouldn’t have happened.”
A spokesperson for World 2000 said today of the nominations “we are delighted to be recognised by the festival.”
TG4's Commissioning Director, Micheál Ó Meallaigh is also very satisfied with the six nods the series has received: "Original comedy drama is one of the greatest challenges of all,” he states “particularly in Irish and we are thrilled at this latest international recognition for one of our projects. The audience and critical reaction in Ireland to this series has been uniformly positive and its great to see that our brand of humour can travel too."
The Monte-Carlo Television festival this year celebrates its 50th anniversary and has looked to celebrate the best of television programming since its 1961 inception by Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The Prince’s ambition in founding the festival was to recognise television as an exceptional means of bringing cultures together and enhancing their respective knowledge. This year’s festival runs from June 6th – 10th.
For a full list of Golden Nymph nominees visit www.tvfestival.com