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Derry Girls nominated ahead of prestigious South Bank Arts Awards

The cast of Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls, which has been nominated for a South Bank Arts Award.
The cast of Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls, which has been nominated for a South Bank Arts Award. The cast of Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls, which has been nominated for a South Bank Arts Award.

Derry Girls is vying for yet another TV gong as the Channel 4 sitcom is among nominees for the upcoming South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

The show, written by Derry's Lisa McGee, has been shortlisted in the comedy category of the prestigious awards event, which is taking place in London's Savoy Hotel on July 2.

Now in its 27th year, the South Bank Awards recognises achievements across the UK arts sector, including TV, film, theatre, and dance.

Derry Girls, which saw its third and final season broadcast last year on Channel 4, is nominated in the comedy category alongside stand-up performer Jordan Gray, and another Channel 4 sitcom featuring Derry Girls star Dylan Llewellyn, Big Boys.

Awards host and South Bank Show presenter, broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, said the awards "celebrate the artistic excellence that our country has to offer, across the entire spectrum of the arts".

The nomination comes on the heels of Derry Girls winning the Scripted Comedy category at last month's Bafta TV Awards.

Cork actress Siobhan McSweeney, who plays Sister Michael in the sitcom, also won the Bafta for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme.

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