The BAFTA 2016 Television Award nominations have been announced with two Irish / UK based talents receiving nominations this year.
Clondalkin / Dublin born presenter and comedian Graham Norton (fyi 2nd home in Cork) is nominated for Best Entertainment Performance for his self titled BBC One comedy entertainment chat show. The evergreen Mr. Norton has won in this category seven times out of eight nominations – including a win in 2015.
Norton revealed his most challenging show was when an intoxicated Mark Wahlberg was on his couch: “It was very hard for the others to tell stories because he kept interrupting. Michael Fassbender was telling a story and I was sat there thinking: ‘Actually we’re doing OK here. He’s getting through his story uninterrupted.’ And I look over and Mark Wahlberg’s asleep! That’s quite relaxed, isn’t it?”
Here’s a quick peek at the best bits from The Graham Norton Show 2015.
Actress/writer Sharon Horgan (featured elsewhere on grintage) has been nominated in the category of Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her role in the Channel 4 comedy ‘Catastrophe’, which has also earned her a nomination for Best Writer Comedy at the BAFTA Craft Television Awards, which will take place April 24. ‘Catastrophe’ also earned Horgan two IFTA Gala Television Awards in October 2015 – for Best Actress and Best Writer.
‘Catastrophe’ is based on an Irish teacher and a Boston ad exec starting a relationship after their lust leads to pregnancy. Receiving very high scores from online critics such as 8.2/10 from IMDb and receiving a whopping 100% from Rotten Tomatoes is no easy feat for any TV show. So if you stuck for some binge watching this weekend look no further than ‘Catastrophe’.
The BAFTA Television Awards will take place Sunday 8 May at the Royal Festival Hall in London.