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04 April, 2018

The nominations were announced this morning for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018. Amongst the nominations Merman shows received four nominations across three categories; Scripted Comedy, Female Performance in a Comedy and Short Form Programme. The winners will be announced during the BAFTA TV ceremony on Sunday 13th May at the Royal Festival Hall, hosted by Sue Perkins.

Catastrophe is nominated for the first time for Best Scripted Comedy this year. The show’s third series, which was written by its leads Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, aired on Channel 4 last year. The series was produced by Jack Bayles and directed by Ben Taylor. Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney are currently writing series 4, and the duo recently were nominated for at the BAFTA Craft Awards for Writing – Comedy. The show is a co-production between Avalon, Merman and Birdbath productions for Channel 4. Richard Allen-Turner, Kara Baker, Jon Thoday, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan serve as executive producers.



Sharon Horgan picks up her third BAFTA TV nomination for Best Female Performance In A Comedy for her performance in Catastrophe. This is the second time Horgan has received a nomination for her performance in Catastrophe, after previously being nominated in 2016, Horgan was also nominated for her performance in the BBC Three comedy Pulling in 2009.



Anna Maxwell Martin receives her first nomination for Best Female Performance In A Comedy for her performance in BBC2’s Motherland. Maxwell Martin has previously been nominated three times for Best Actress In A Drama for her performances in South Riding (2011), Poppy Shakespeare (2008) and Bleak House (2005). Motherland was written by Sharon Horgan, Holly Walsh, Graham Linehan and Helen Linehan and produced by Richard Boden. The series was directed by Juliet May who is the latest signing to Merman’s commercials director roster. Motherland is a co-production between Delightful Industries and Merman for BBC2. Richard Boden, Graham Linehan, Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford served as executive producers.



BAFTA TV have this year introduced a new category for Best Short Form Programme for which Merman’s comedy short Morgana Robinson’s Summer: Dream Land is nominated. Morgana Robinson’s Summer: Dream Land was a Merman produced short for Sky Arts’ Summer Shorts season. Written by Sharon Horgan,  produced by Jane Bell the short features Morgana Robinson, Sheridan Smith, Gabby Best, Aimee Ffion Edwards, Frances Barber and Peter Singh. Morgana Robinson’s Summer: Dream Land was directed by Merman represented director MJ Delaney who signed with Merman at the launch of our new branded entertainment division. Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford served as executive producers.