News: Jessie Cave, Inside No 9, Derry Girls, Hang Ups Among South Bank Sky Arts Awards Nominees

Jessie Cave, Inside No 9, Derry Girls, and ara among the nominees for this year's South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Now in their 23rd year, the Awards will take place on Sunday 7th July at the Savoy Hotel and will air on Wednesday 10th July at 8pm on Sky Arts.

Hosted by Melvyn Bragg, The South Bank Sky Arts Awards is the only Awards ceremony in the world to celebrate every genre of the Arts, including Dance, Theatre, Pop, TV Drama, Film, Classical Music, Literature, Opera, Comedy and Visual Art.  Previous winners at the Awards demonstrate the strength and depth of British talent across the full spectrum of the Arts, and include Stormzy, Tom Hiddleston, Ian McEwan, Sam Mendes, Amy Winehouse, Steve Coogan, Akram Khan, Steve McQueen, Alan Bennett and Kate Bush. 

In a particularly strong Comedy category, Channel 4 leads the way with two nominations in Derry Girls and Hang Ups, with BAFTA-winners Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith rounding out the list with their hallmark dark comedy Inside No.9. Pemberton and Shearsmith are also the subjects of an episode of forthcoming series The South Bank Show (to be broadcast on 30th July at 10pm on Sky Arts and NOW TV), which explores the work of these most original and versatile television screenwriters and actors.

Jessie Cave is nominated for the Times Breakthrough Award. Her live show Sunrise received rave reviews this year.

Fighting it out in the hotly-contested Film category is Yorgos Lanthimos’ quirky and much-lauded The Favourite, alongside debutante Michael Pearce’s thriller Beast and Peter Jackson’s powerful documentary They Shall Not Grow Old. Beast has proved an excellent platform for propelling talented newcomer Jessie Buckley into the mainstream, earning her a nomination in the coveted The Times Breakthrough Award. The Times Breakthrough Award shines a spotlight on up-and-coming talent in the British Arts; previous notable winners include Amma Asante, Billie Piper and last year, Nubya Garcia, a multitalented saxophonist whose debut recordings and live performances have energised the jazz scene. Rising stars also nominated in the category this year include singer/songwriter Freya Ridings, former banker turned opera singer Nadine Benjamin, young author Anna-Marie Crowhurst and multi-sensory visual artist Haroon Mirza. 

Zai Bennett, Director of Programmes, Sky, said: “We are honoured to be hosting the 23rd South Bank Sky Arts Awards and continuing our investment and support of the Arts in the UK. British culture is really thriving right now, and this year’s Awards nominees reflect the exceptionally gifted and diverse range of talent across the creative industries.”

Melvyn Bragg added: “This looks as if it will be a cracking Awards year: British Artists have excelled themselves.”





The Inheritance - Young Vic & Noël Coward Theatre

Company - Gielgud Theatre

Sweat - Donmar Warehouse



Sons Of Kemet - Your Queen Is A Reptile

Lily Allen - No Shame

IDLES - Joy as an Act of Resistance



Corybantic Games – by Christopher Wheeldon, The Royal Ballet

Playlist (Track 1, 2) – by William Forsythe, English National Ballet

XENOS - Akram Khan Company



Rhondda Rips It Up! - Welsh National Opera

Falstaff - Garsington Opera

Porgy and Bess - English National Opera



The Italian Teacher - Tom Rachman

Ordinary People - Diana Evans

Kudos - Rachel Cusk



Inside No. 9 - BBC Studios / BBC Two

Derry Girls - Hat Trick Productions / Channel 4

Hang Ups - SLAM Films / Channel 4



The exhibitions, LandscapePortraitStill Life and Woman with a Red Hat - Tacita Dean

Royal Academy of Arts 250th Summer Exhibition - Co-ordinated by Grayson Perry

Pages of the Sea - 14-18 NOW / Danny Boyle




They Shall Not Grow Old

The Favourite



Patrick Melrose - Little Island Productions / Two Cities Television / Sunny March / Sky Atlantic

A Very English Scandal - Blueprint Pictures / BBC One

Killing Eve - Sid Gentle Films / BBC One



City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Debussy Festival

John Wilson - Bernstein Centenary

Cumnock Tryst



Classical Music: Alpesh Chauhan

Comedy: Jessie Cave

Dance: Joseph Sissens

Film: Jessie Buckley

Literature: Anna-Marie Crowhurst

Opera: Nadine Benjamin

Pop: Freya Ridings

Theatre: Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss

TV Drama: Chance Perdomo

Visual Art: Haroon Mirza



To be announced



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