Derry Girls wins Edinburgh TV Festival comedy award

Thursday 23rd August 2018, 6:00pm

  • Derry Girls has won Best Comedy Series at the Edinburgh TV Festival Awards
  • Rachel Parris was named Best Breakthrough Talent
  • Michael Palin was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award

Channel 4‘s hit sitcom Derry Girls has picked up an award at the Edinburgh Television Festival.

The comedy, set amidst the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland in the early 1990s, was this afternoon named Best Comedy Series.

Produced by Hat Trick, the show is written by Lisa McGee and has already been confirmed to return in 2019.

The award winners were announced in a ceremony hosted by Frank Skinner, held during the TV industry’s festival in the Scottish capital. It was the festival’s 17th annual awards.

Skinner joked: “When you’ve done well and been nominated, bask in it. Because bad times are always around the corner.”

Michael Palin, who had earlier spoken about his upcoming two-part Channel 5 travelogue Michael Palin in North Korea, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Meanwhile, comedian and The Mash Report star Rachel Parris was named Best Breakthrough Talent, in an award sponsored by post-production house The Farm.

Elsewhere, Channel 5 was named Channel of the Year and CBBC won Specialist Channel of the Year.

Festival Director Lisa Campbell said: “It is testament to the immense talent our industry offers that we have been able to increase the number of categories in our Awards. Huge congratulations to all our winners, from our breakthrough talent to a lifetime achievement, it truly is a celebration of the range of talent and programmes our industry produces.”

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