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Dr Who gets Celtic at St Ives media festival

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

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WHAT do Doctor Who and a real-life David Brent from a Swansea call centre have in common?

The answer is they will be competing for an award at the Celtic Media Festival in St Ives in April.

A number of Cornish productions have also been nominated for the Bronze Torc Awards as part of the Celtic Media Festival to be held on April 2 to 4.

The prestigious festival is held in a different Celtic town each year and was secured for St Ives by Paul Ford, secretary of the town's chamber of commerce.

It is hoped the festival will draw stars of film, radio and TV – and perhaps the team behind BBC Wales' The Call Centre – to St Ives in a traditional quiet time before the spring season kicks off.

The Bronze Torc Awards honour the best of film, TV, radio and digital media that celebrate the languages and culture of the Celtic nations.

Shortlisted Cornish entries include My Brother Hughie – written, directed and produced by Serena Wilson Hodges. The documentary follows her brother, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, and his struggle to come to terms with the brutal reality of the disease.

Also shortlisted for Radio Music Programme is Radyo an Gernewegva, a weekly podcast broadcast online that celebrates the Cornish tongue.

Other shortlisted entries include Piper Alpha: Fire In The Night, STV Productions' BAFTA-winning documentary on the 1988 North Sea oil rig disaster.

But the big guns are the household favourite sci-fi show Doctor Who and The Call Centre, BBC Wales' documentary following the ups and downs of life in a Swansea call centre.

Festival chairman Pádhraic Ó Ciardha said: "The range and quality of these entries from all over the Celtic world is truly extraordinary.

"Ours is the first major media festival in the annual calendar and the combination of a stimulating line-up of conference sessions, the top-class shortlisted entries in competition for our Torcs, as well as a visit to the splendour of Cornwall and St Ives in late spring, is one to relish."

The full festival programme is set to be revealed in a few weeks' time. The 35th annual Celtic Media Festival will take place at the Tregenna Castle Hotel.

For details on delegate registration and the festival programme, visit www.celticmediafestival.co.uk

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