TV and Radio

Derry Girls in the running for a clutch of IFTAs

The stars of Derry Girls: Nicola Coughlan (Clare), Jamie-Lee O'Donnell (Michelle), Dylan Llewellyn (James), Louisa Harland (Orla) and Saoirse-Monica Jackson (Erin)

DERRY Girls has been tipped to win a string of awards at a major awards ceremony in Dublin tonight.

The Channel 4 comedy, which has become one of the most talked about shows in recent years, has been nominated for a slew of Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) including best comedy and best writer for creator Lisa McGee.

Saoirse-Monica Jackson, who plays Erin Quinn, is nominated for best female performance while comedian Tommy Tiernan, who plays Erin's father, is nominated for best male performance.

Several other Northern Ireland-based productions have also been nominated.

Award-winning children's show Lily's Driftwood Bay is developed in Belfast by Sixteen South

Belfast-based production company Sixteen South is in the running for best animation for its children's series Lily's Driftwood Bay.

BBC Northern Ireland has been nominated in several categories.

Spotlight's documentary on the Nama scandal is one of four nominees for best current affairs programme.

BBC Newsline is one of three nominees for best news programme.

The IFTA ceremony, hosted by comedian Jason Byrne, will be held at Dublin's RDS this evening.

The ceremony will later be broadcast on TG4 at 9.25pm on Saturday.

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