Bafta TV awards 2019: Derry Girls and Fiona Shaw among Irish nominations

Lisa McGee gets nod for scripted comedy, Fiona Shaw on best supporting actress shortlist but Graham Norton snubbed

Derry Girls and Fiona Shaw are among the Irish contingent nominated at this year's Bafta Television Awards.

The Troubles-set comedy series, created and written by Lisa McGee, landed a coveted nomination in the Scripted Comedy category. It faces competition from Mum, Sally4Ever, and Stath Lets Flats.

Elsewhere, Irish actor Fiona Shaw garnered a Best Supporting Actress nod for her turn in spy thriller Killing Eve.

Other Irish nominees include editor Tony Kearns and producer Aoife Bower. Kearns picked up an editing nomination for his work on Black Mirror's choose-your-own-adventure special Bandersnatch while Bower was among the group nominated for Best Comedy Entertainment for work on Channel 4's The Big Narstie Show.


Notable snubs include Graham Norton, who was shut out of Best Entertainment Performance, despite winning the category last year. The final season of Sharon Horgan's Catastrophe was not eligible for this year's awards.

Killing Eve will battle for the best drama gong against Informer, the counter-terror drama about a British-Asian man tasked with spying on extremists, Save Me, Lennie James’ missing child drama also starring Suranne Jones, and ratings big-hitter Bodyguard.

Jed Mercurio’s twisty thriller, starring Keeley Hawes and Richard Madden as the home secretary and her private security detail, attracted larger audiences than every other UK TV event of the year outside the World Cup – and the most viewers for a TV drama since the heyday of Downton Abbey.

A Very English Scandal (BBC One) is nominated for best mini-series, but is also well represented in the acting categories, with Hugh Grant nominated for leading actor for his turn as Jeremy Thorpe, the Liberal leader accused of conspiracy to murder; Ben Whishaw is also up for the supporting actor prize for playing Thorpe’s lover, Norman Scott. Benedict Cumberbatch received a lead actor nod with his performance as aristocratic drug addict Patrick Melrose (which is also up for mini-series and drama writing). Rounding out the leading actor nominees are Chance Perdomo for BBC Three’s Killed By My Debt, and Lucian Msamati for Jack Thorne’s Kiri, though Kiri star Sarah Lancashire was snubbed for leading actress.

Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh go head to head for the leading actress prize for their turns as obsessive agent Eve and hairpin murderer Villanelle in Killing Eve. Up against them are Ruth Wilson for the BBC’s Mrs Wilson and Hawes, who is nominated for Bodyguard as well as supporting actress in Mrs Wilson.

Mum, Stefan Golaszewski’s tender sitcom starring Lesley Manville and Peter Mullan, is up for four awards, including female and male performance in a comedy, scripted comedy and comedy writing.

The second series of Cotswolds mockumentary This Country also received nominations for comedy writing and female performance in a comedy, proving that brother and sister Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper had no issues with a sophomore slump.

While Lisa McGee’s raucous comedy about a gang of gobby Catholic girls during the Troubles is up for best scripted comedy, Derry Girls received no comedy performance nods.

Ant and Dec were nominated in the entertainment programme category for Saturday Night Takeaway, despite Ant McPartlin spending much of the year offscreen after entering rehab following a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol. The Geordie duo announced their comeback as a double-act in December.

Bros: After the Screaming Stops, the Christmas word-of-mouth hit, is up for three nominations, while Louis Theroux also received a nomination for his US-focused series Altered States.

HBO's biting media dynasty saga Succession is nominated for best international show alongside the second series of The Handmaid's Tale, German two-parter 54 Hours: The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis, about a hostage crisis gone wrong, and documentary Reporting Trump's First Year: The Fourth Estate for Showtime. Netflix fell short of 2018 nominations, with only the Black Mirror choose your own adventure Bandersnatch up for any awards.

The Virgin Media Must-See Moment of the year nominees, the only award for which the public can vote, are Rosa Parks' poignant bus scene on Doctor Who, the assassination by detonation of Julia Montague in the Bodyguard, Eve stabbing Villanelle in the finale of psychosexual thriller Killing Eve, Gail's speech on the suicide of Aidan Connor in Coronation Street, a hedgehog being saved from certain death in Peter Kay's Car Share, and the Fab Five leading to Tom's emotional breakthrough in Queer Eye.

The TV Bafta awards are on Sunday, May 12th.

Bafta TV awards nominations

Drama series
Bodyguard (BBC One)
Killing Eve (BBC Three)
Save Me (Sky Atlantic)
Informer (BBC One)

A Very English Scandal (BBC One)
Kiri (Channel 4)
Mrs Wilson (BBC One)
Patrick Melrose (Sky Atlantic)

Leading actress
Jodie Comer – Killing Eve (BBC Three)
Sandra Oh – Killing Eve (BBC Three)
Keeley Hawes – Bodyguard (BBC One)
Ruth Wilson – Mrs Wilson (BBC One)

Leading actor
Hugh Grant – A Very English Scandal (BBC One)
Chance Perdomo– Killed by My Debt (BBC Three)
Lucian Msamati – Kiri (Channel 4)
Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose (Sky Atlantic)

Female performance in a comedy programme
Daisy May Cooper – This Country (BBC Three)
Jessica Hynes – There She Goes (BBC Four)
Julia Davis – Sally4Ever (Sky Atlantic)
Lesley Manville – Mum (BBC Two)

Male performance in a comedy programme
Alex MacQueen – Sally4Ever (Sky Atlantic)
Jamie Demetriou – Stath Lets Flats (Channel 4)
Peter Mullan – Mum (BBC Two)
Steve Pemberton – Inside No. 9 (BBC Two)

54 Hours: The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis (BBC Four)
The Handmaid's Tale (Channel 4)
Reporting Trump's First Year: The Fourth Estate (BBC Two)
Succession (Sky Atlantic)

Supporting actor
Alex Jennings – Unforgotten (ITV)
Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal (BBC One)
Kim Bodnia – Killing Eve (BBC One)
Stephen Graham – Save Me (Sky Atlantic)

Supporting actress
Billie Piper – Collateral (BBC Two)
Fiona Shaw – Killing Eve (BBC One)
Keeley Hawes – Mrs Wilson (BBC One)
Monica Dolan – A Very English Scandal (BBC One)

Entertainment performance
Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly – Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)
David Mitchell – Would I Lie To You? (BBC One)
Lee Mack – Would I Lie To You? (BBC One)
Rachel Parris – The Mash Report (BBC Two)

Specialist factual
Bros: After the Screaming Stops (BBC Four)
Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage (Channel 4)
Suffragettes With Lucy Worsley (BBC One)
Superkids: Breaking Away From Care (Channel 4)

Reality and constructed factual
Dragons' Den (BBC Two)
I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here ( ITV)
Old People's Home For 4 Year Olds (Channel 4)
The Real Full Monty: Ladies' Night (ITV)

Current affairs
Football's Wall of Silence (Al Jazeera English)
Iran Unveiled: Taking on the Ayatollahs – Exposure (ITV)
Massacre at Ballymurphy (Channel 4)
Myanmar's Killing Fields (Channel 4)

Entertainment programme
Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)
Britain's Got Talent (ITV)
Michael McIntyre's Big Show (BBC One)
Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)

Scripted comedy
Derry Girls (Channel 4)
Mum (BBC Two)
Sally4Ever (Stath Lets Flats)
Stath Lets Flats (Channel 4)

Comedy entertainment programme
The Big Narstie Show (Channel 4)
The Last Leg (Channel 4)
A League of Their Own (Sky One)
Would I Lie to You? (BBC One)

Factual series
24 Hours in A&E (Channel 4)
Life and Death Row: The Mass Execution (BBC Three)
Louis Theroux's Altered States (BBC Two)
Prison (Channel 4)

Gordon, Gino and Fred's Road Trip (ITV)
The Great British Bake Off (Channel 4)
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing (BBC Two)
Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One)

News coverage
Bullying and Harassment in the House of Commons – Newsnight (BBC Two)
Cambridge Analytica Uncovered (Channel 4)
Good Morning Britain: On a Knife Edge (ITV)
Good Morning Britain: Thomas Markle Exclusive (ITV)

Single documentary
Driven: The Billy Monger Story (BBC Three)
Gun No 6 (BBC Two)
My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me (BBC One)
School For Stammers (ITV)

Single drama
Bandersnatch – Black Mirror (Netflix)
Care (BBC One)
Killed by My Debt (BBC Three)
Through the Gates – On the Edge (Channel 4)

Soap and Continuing Drama
Casualty (BBC One)
Coronation Street (ITV)
Eastenders (BBC One)
Hollyoaks (Channel 4)

2018 Six Nations: Scotland v England (BBC One)
2018 World Cup Quarter: England v Sweden (BBC One)
England's Test Cricket – Cook's Farewell (Sky Sports Cricket)
Winter Olympics (BBC Two)

Virgin Media Must-See Moment nominees
Bodyguard – the assassination of Julia Montague (BBC)
Coronation Street – Gail's monologue on the suicide of Aidan Connor (ITV)
Doctor Who – The Doctor meets Rosa Parks (BBC)
Killing Eve – Eve stabs Villanelle (BBC)
Peter Kay's Car Share – the finale (BBC)
Queer Eye – Tom's transformation (Netflix) – Guardian