'Red Rock' leads nominations for 2016 IFTA Television Awards

Newstalk's Pat Kenny will also receive the Lifetime Achievement Award

'Red Rock' leads nominations for 2016 IFTA Television Awards

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TV3 soap 'Red Rock' has received eight nominations at this year's IFTA Gala Television Awards.

The Irish Film and Television Academy has announced the nominees for the ceremony, which takes place at the Double Tree Hotel in Dublin on October 7th.

The shortlist of nominees - compiled by members of the Irish Academy along with Irish and international jury panels - includes entertainment, comedy, soap and current affairs across all Irish TV broadcasters.

In entertainment, Baz Ashmawy is trying new ways to kill Nancy in '50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy' which is shortlisted alongside 'The Imelda May Show' and TV3's flagship evening programme 'The Seven O'Clock Show'.

IFTA's Comedy Award is now in its second year and has a very funny bunch of Irish talents in the mix.

They include 'Mrs Brown's Boys' nominated alongside 'Bridget and Eamon' - also nominated in this category is 'Apres Match Election '82' and 'The Rubberbandits' Guide to 1916'.

Reality programmes have strong contenders this year with 'First Dates Ireland' and 'Operation Transformation' - who between them got the nation out dating, walking and eating healthy.

Programmes commemorating the 1916 centenary are also well represented, with 'The State Commemoration', '1916 The Irish Rebellion', 'Centenary', and 'Children of the Revolution' all nominated across various award categories.

Current Affairs nominees include BBC NI's 'Spotlight: Selling Northern Ireland'; 'Claire Byrne Live - Leaders Debate', along with 'Vincent Browne's The People's Debate'; and 'RTE's Investigates Standards in Public Office'.

Academy CEO, Aine Moriarty, says: "This year's line up shows superb talent across a wealth of vibrant programmes produced by Irish professionals who are consistently delivering high quality TV programmes and new ideas to audiences both in Ireland and internationally year on year.

"The Academy is proud to showcase this great Irish-made television and acknowledge the hard work, creativity and spirit that goes into producing hundreds of hours of TV production each year."

This year also sees Newstalk presenter Pat Kenny receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Apres Match presents Election '82
Bridget & Eamon
Mrs Brown's Boys
The Rubberbandits' Guide to 1916

Current Affairs
BBC NI Spotlight: Selling Northern Ireland
Claire Byrne Live - Leaders Debate
The People's Debate
RTE Investigates Standards in Public Office

Documentary Series
1916 The Irish Rebellion
Bas Na Saoirse
The Joy

Documentary Single
Children of the Revolution
I Am Immigrant
I Am Traveller
Ireland's Great Wealth Divide
The Story of Yes

50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy
Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge
The Imelda May Show
The Seven O'Clock Show

Creedon's Wild Atlantic Way
Daniel and Majella's B&B Road Trip
Ear to the Ground
The Guards

Live Event
Big Week on the Farm
Laochra 1916 GAA Commemoration
The State Commemoration of the 1916 Rising

BBC Newsline: Brexit Special
RTE Six One News - Paris Terror Attacks
TG4 Nuacht
TV3 News Special - Brexit
UTV Ireland Live News @ 5:30 - Brexit Special

Reality & Constructed Factual
First Dates Ireland
Operation Transformation
Rugby's Wheelchair Challenge
Toughest Place to Be

Specialist Factual
A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on WB Yeats
Crainn na hEireann
Wild Cities - Galway

All Ireland Day
Apres Match of the Day
Hidden Ireland: rugby and Concussion
Road to Rio

Soap/Continuing Drama
Fair City
Red Rock
Ros na Run

Male Performance
Sean Mahon - Red Rock
Brendan O Carroll - Mrs. Brown's Boys
Patrick Ryan - Red Rock
Karl Shiels - Fair City
Chris Tordoff - Hardy Bucks

Female Performance
Sharon Horgan - Catastrophe
Andrea Irvine - Red Rock
Jane McGrath - Red Rock
Aisling O'Neill - Fair City
Jennifer Zamparelli - Bridget and Eamon

Animation - Children's & Young People's
Danger Mouse
The Day Henry Met
Lily's Driftwood Bay
Peter Rabbit: The Tale Of The Unexpected Discovery

Children's & Young People's - Live Action
1916 Challenge
My Life Champion of the World
Out and About

Irish Language
An Klondike
Fleadh TV
Ros na Run

Director Soap/Comedy
Jason Butler - Bridget and Eamon
Diarmuid Goggins - Red Rock
Lisa Mulcahy - Red Rock
Louise Ní Fhiannachta - Eipic

Writer - Soap /Comedy
Jason Butler, Jennifer Zamparelli, Bernard O'Shea - Bridget and Eamon
Sharon Horgan - Catastrophe
Brendan O'Carroll - Mrs Browns Boys
Paul Walker - Red Rock

Camera TV
Colm Hogan - 1916 The Irish Rebellion
Paddy Jordan - Death of a Son - The Killing of Michael Dwyer
Alistair Neely - Voices '16
Michael O'Donovan - These Walls Can Talk

Director TV
Darragh Byrne - My Homeless Family
Gerry Hoban Ireland's Great Wealth Divide
Máire Kearney - Life Before the Rising
Gerry Nelson - Wild Cities Dublin

Editing TV
Jamie Fitzpatrick - Wild Cities - Galway
Derek Holland - A Fanatic Heart: Geldof on Yeats
Iseult Howlett - I Am Immigrant
Una Ní Dhonghaile - Invisible Man

Sound TV
1916 The Irish Rebellion
Danger Mouse
Deoch an Dorais