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Nominees announced for inaugural Royal Television Society Ireland Awards
25 Mar 2021 : News Desk
Dead Still
RTS Ireland has announce that Dara Ó Briain will be among those recognised in the inaugural RTS Ireland Television Awards 2021, which will be broadcast at 11pm on March 30th and presented by Muireann O'Connell.

Dara will receive the BAI Outstanding Contribution Award and nine other award winners will be revealed in a programme to be broadcast at 11pm on Virgin Media One on Tuesday March 30th, presented by Muireann O’Connell.

27 other nominees were announced today in nine categories from the 126 entries received, including RTÉ's Normal People, Virgin Media Television's News coverage - COVID News Special - Opening Up The Country, TG4's Is Olc an Ghaoth and Sky Sports’ Coverage of the GAA Championships.

The RTS Ireland Television Awards, which is supported by broadcasters Virgin Media Television, RTÉ, TG4 & Sky Ireland, as well as state funding bodies Screen Ireland and the Broadcast Authority of Ireland, will honour Irish Television productions and Irish international co-productions made during 2020.  

The RTS Ireland Television Awards committee recruited independent judges from across the industry at home and abroad, who spent the last few weeks reviewing and evaluating creative excellence and achievement in nine categories. Their short-lists for nominees in the respective categories are as follows:

1 – The Screen Ireland Drama Award

Dead Still - Deadpan Pictures, Shaftesbury

Normal People – Element Pictures

Is Olc an Ghaoth – Lunar Pictures

2 – Entertainment

Dancing with the Stars – ShinAwiL Ltd

Ultimate Hell Week – Motive Television

Marty & Bernard – On The Road Again – ShinAwiL Ltd

3 – Factual Series

David Brophy’s Unsung Heroes – Tyrone Productions

Big Life Fix – Kite Entertainment

The Boys In Green – Loosehorse

4 – Factual Single

Abbeyfealegood – Atom Films

Love & Loss in a Pandemic - RTÉ

Toraigh: Creag Bheag i Lár na Farraige - Lugh Films, Dearcán Media - Tita Productions

5 – Sport

Laochra Gael - Kieran Donaghy - Nemeton TV

New Gaels - Poolbeg Productions

Sky Sports’ Coverage of the GAA Championships - Sky Sports

6 - News & Current Affairs  

 RTÉ Investigates - Inside Ireland's Covid Battle; Life & Death  - RTÉ

 COVID News Special – Opening up the Country - Virgin Media News

 General Election 2020 – Results Coverage  - RTÉ

7 – Animation

The Voyage - JAM Media

The Christmas Letter - Dream Logic Animation

The Dead Hands of Dublin - Pink Kong Studios

8 – Specialist Factual

The Funeral Director - GMarshTV Productions

The Francis Street Photographer – Zucca Films/That’s A Wrap TV

Cogadh ar Mhná/ A War on Women – ForeFront Productions

9 - Children’s Programme

Home School Hub – Macalla Teoranta

Tina Times Two – Dyehouse Films

Sol – Paper Owl Films

Speaking at the announcement of the nominees, RTS Ireland Television Awards Committee Chairperson, Niall Cogley, said: “We are proud to launch our inaugural RTS Ireland Television Awards with the wholehearted support of all of the broadcasters in the country and from the wider Irish television industry. 2020 was an extraordinary year, but the TV community was able to adapt and excel despite the logistical, economic and the very human challenges it faced.

“We all wanted to come together to recognise some of those achievements, to celebrate the creative excellence that Irish audiences have enjoyed in this exceptional year, and to say ‘Thanks’ for sharing your talents with us.” 

This is the latest initiative of the Republic of Ireland Centre of Royal Television Society, which has been operating since 1996. RTS Ireland organises a range of other events and awards every year including the awards ceremony for student productions in the categories of Drama, Short Form, Comedy, Animation, Factual and Craft Skills.  

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