First award nomination for Idris Elba's In The Long Run | Broadcast Digital shortlists out

First award nomination for Idris Elba's In The Long Run

Broadcast Digital shortlists out

Idris Elba’s comedy In The Long Run is up for its first award.

The Sky1 programme, which co-stars Bill Bailey, is up for best comedy in the Broadcast Digital Awards, celebrating programmes away from the terrestrial channels.

Also nominated is BBC Three’s This Country – fresh from its double victory at the Baftas on Sunday – Man Like Mobeen and The Young Offenders.

The shortlist is completed by E4’s  Chewing Gum, and Comedy Central’s Roast Battle.

Taskmaster and fellow Dave show Unspun with Matt Forde are up for best entertainment programme alongside ITV’s  Love Island and Celebability – both featuring comic Iain Stirling – and MTV’s Celebs Go Dating.

For the first time, there is a category for best short form comedy. Nominated here are 

  • Comedy Central’s Absolutely Fine,  with Tom Rosenthal
  • Comedy Central’s Snapchat based shorts, Bad Snappers, with Georgie Fuller and Danni Jackson.
  • How to Become TripAdvisor’s #1 Fake Restaurant, in which Oobah Butler  secured top rating for his shed
  • BBC Three’s Pls Like, with Liam Williams 
  • BBC Three’s Romesh Talking to Comedians, with Romesh Ranganathan.

Elsewhere, Eric, Ernie & Me, in which Stephen Tomkinson played Morecambe and Wise’s writer Eddie Braben, is shortlisted for best drama.

The BBC Four show is up against Sky Atlantic’s Britannia, Tin Star and Save Me and BBC Three’s Clique and Murdered for Being Different.

Up for best entertainment channel are BBC Three, BBC Four, Comedy Central UK, Dave, E4 and Sky 1. And the channel of the year shortlist is similar, but with Beano Studios and Sky Atlantic in place of Dave and Sky 1.

The winners will be announced on July 4 in London. 

Published: 16 May 2018

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