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Derry Girls among Irish Bafta nominees

Filming of series three of Derry Girls has been held up by the coronavirus pandemic

Derry Girls is in the running to take home a Bafta for best Scripted Comedy.

The Channel 4 show is written by Derry native Lisa McGee and is shortlisted alongside Fleabag, Catastrophe (co-written by fellow Irish writer Sharon Horgan) and Stath Lets Flats.

There are a number of individuals from Ireland, north and south, nominated in the 2020 Bafta TV awards which were announced this morning.

Sharon Horgan co-wrote Catastrophe alongside Rob Delaney, Jim O’Hanlon and Toby Welch

Aisling Bea, from Co Kildare, has been nominated in the Breakthrough Talent category for her writing on her Channel 4 show This Way Up which co-starred Sharon Horgan.

Belfast DJ David Holmes is nominated alongside Keefus Ciancia for the soundtrack to hit BBC show Killing Eve.  Jodie Comer who plays assassin Villanelle in the show has been shortlisted in the leading actress category. She is up against Samantha Morton in I Am Kirsty, Suranne Jones for Gentleman Jack and Glenda Jackson for Elizabeth is Missing.

Graham Norton Show is once again shortlisted for Comedy Entertainment Programme while Graham himself is among the nominees for Entertainment Performance.

BBC police drama Line of Duty is filmed in Northern Ireland and one of the crucial scenes from series five (spoiler alert: John Corbett's death) is up for the Must-See Moment, as voted for by the public. Also shortlisted is the confessional scene between Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Dublin actor Andrew Scott and the moment Arya kills the Night King in Game of Thrones which is also show filmed in Northern Ireland. 

The shows with the most nominations are Sky drama Chernobyl and Netflix's The Crown which are both in the running for three main awards, and are also nominated in several of the craft categories.

The BBC’s Fleabag is also up for three TV and three craft awards with writer and lead Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been nominated in the Writer: Comedy categoery as well as for Female Performance in a Comedy alongside co-star Sian Clifford who plays her sister.

The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards ceremony will air on Friday July 31 on BBC One with the British Academy Television Craft Awards taking place online on Friday July 17.

Sian Clifford as Claire and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as her sister in Fleabag

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