Rose D'Or for We Are Lady Parts creator Nida Manzoor | Writer and director scoops emerging talent accolade © C4

Rose D'Or for We Are Lady Parts creator Nida Manzoor

Writer and director scoops emerging talent accolade

We Are Lady Parts creator Nida Manzoor is to receive the emerging talent accolade at the prestigious international Rose d’Or TV awards.

She started her career as a runner at a post-production house while making short films, before moving into directing with the BBC comedy Enterprice, starring Kayode Ewumi and Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge as budding South London businessmen.

That led to her directing episodes of Doctor Who, while she was pitching We Are Lady Parts – about an all-female Muslim punk band – to broadcasters.

Channel 4 picked up the idea for a six-part series, which premiered in May 2021, and it is also available on the Peacock streaming platform in the US.

Of her emerging talent award, Manzoor said: ‘Making We Are Lady Parts has been a dream come true and to see how warmly the show has been received has meant the world to me. I am totally indebted to my brilliant cast and crew. Thank you to Rose D'or for this honour!’

It is the first time the accolade has gone to ‘behind the camera’ talent,

Meanwhile, Brenda Blethyn is to receive the Rose d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award for her starring role as Vera, ITV’s longest-running female detective, and her many other parts throughout her career.

And Omar Sy is to receive the performance of the year award for his leading role in Netflix hit Lupin, which has brought French-language drama to new audiences around the world.

Jean Philip De Tender, of the European Broadcasting Union,said: ‘Each of these artists have in them an ability to resonate with audiences, to identify with their experiences, to offer something that they recognise and can relate to. This cannot be taught; it can barely be defined. But it embodies the fact that all these talents are both one of us and an aspiration for us. I congratulate them all.'

The awards will be presented at a streamed ceremony, hosted by Sue Perkins, at 7.30pm on Monday November 29.

Famalam, Motherland and Staged have all been nominated for best comedy alongside Bo Burnham’s acclaimed Netflix special, Inside, Icelandic show Journey, about two middle-aged men on a road trip, and Israel’s The New Black, about four ultra-Orthodox Jewish men.

Elsewhere,  Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back has been nominated in the reality and factual entertainment category, while Taskmaster and A League of Their Own are in the running for best studio entertainment programme.

Published: 18 Nov 2021

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