Catastrophe wins Best Comedy Programme at 2018 Broadcast Awards
Scooping its second Best Comedy Programme gong in three years, Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney’s six-part comedy scored a hat-trick of nominations for its third series, which was referred to by one judge as “unlike anything else on TV right now”.
The “fresh, funny and real” series, co-produced with Amazon, once again followed the exploits of Sharon Morris (Horgan) and Rob Norris (Delaney) as work and family continued to put a strain on their relationship, culminating in some tough scenes of Rob’s relapse into alcoholism.
Featuring cameos from the likes of Domhnall Gleeson, Jordan Stephens and Douglas Hodge, the series was “brilliantly observed comedy”, said one judge, hailing the “real chemistry of the central characters”.
Sticking with editor Steve Ackroyd, the series was shot in a range of real locations. Horgan and Delaney opted to work with new crew, design and costume, which they said ensured new ideas were brought to the process.
The series debuted to a consolidated audience of 1.5 million (7.5%) in a Tuesday 10pm slot in February, and went on to secure a 1.2 million (6.6%) consolidated average.
A fourth series has already been commissioned and Merman and Horgan have gone on to secure an exclusive deal with Amazon for future projects. The show has now been sold to more than 120 countries worldwide, including Lifetime in the US.