Top comedy producers lined up for Derry Celtic Media Festival

Niall McCaughan (The Playhouse), Shona Mc Carthy (Cultural Company) and Donal Campbell (Celtic Media Festival). (30412JC1)

Niall McCaughan (The Playhouse), Shona Mc Carthy (Cultural Company) and Donal Campbell (Celtic Media Festival). (30412JC1)

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Some of the most respected names in comedy broadcasting, including the producers of Channel 4’s smash hit The Inbetweeners, Rab C Nesbitt and Mrs Brown’s Boys, have been announced as speakers at Derry’s forthcoming 33rd Celtic Media Festival.

Influential figures in the broadcasting and film industries will gather at The Playhouse from April 18 to 20 to celebrate the quality and diversity of work being produced by the Celtic nations today.

Welsh comedian Tudur Owen, Christopher Young, producer of Channel 4’s smash hit The Inbetweeners, Rab Christie producer of Rab C Nesbitt and Mrs Brown’s Boys producer Stephen McCrum will discuss the remarkable impact that the Celts have had on contemporary comedy in a special panel held for the festival.

The festival will launch on Wednesday April 18 with a screening of a specially created film celebrating the Maiden City. Derry on Screen will take its audience on a journey through the Maiden City’s on screen history.

The centrepiece of the annual festival is the award of the Bronze Torcs for Excellence.

The forthcoming awards celebrate the very best of film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from within the Celtic diaspora with Celtic languages featuring prominently across all 20 categories.

The chair of this year’s international panel of judges is acclaimed RTE Current Affairs presenter Miriam O’Callaghan and the awards will be presented over the 3 nights of the festival.

This year’s Celtic Media Festival keynote address will be delivered by Peter Johnston, Director of BBC Northern Ireland. www.celticmediafestival.co.uk.