Award nominations haul for Liverpool’s stars on the screen and behind the scenes

Liverpool’s established and emerging talent working in the film and TV industry are being celebrated in a haul of regional, national and international award nominations, following shortlist announcements from:

  • Royal Television Society (RTS) North West
  • British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)
  • Rose d’Or Awards
  • C21 Drama Awards
  • Makers & Shakers Awards

Time by Jimmy McGovern (BBC Studios)

Time, created by celebrated Liverpool screenwriter, Jimmy McGovern, was filmed in Liverpool with the support of Liverpool Film Office’s LCR Production Fund.

Already a huge success with viewers, garnering 11.6 million viewers within its first month, making it one of the BBC’s biggest dramas of 2021 – Time is starting its hotly-tipped run on the awards circuit.

Time is a frontrunner for Best Drama in numerous award ceremonies including; RTS North West, as well as the 60th edition of the very prestigious Rose d’Or awards, alongside such globally acclaimed series; Bridgerton, Mare of EastTown and Squid Game.

McGovern, an RTS Lifetime Achievement award winner, has received a double nomination as Best Script Writer for Anthony (LA Productions for BBC) and Time (BBC Studios for BBC).

Pictured: Jimmy McGovern (C) Getty

Added Time

Time also bags a lead actor nomination for Sean Bean in RTS North West’s Best Performance in a Drama.

In addition to the regional awards, RTS Craft & Design Awards announced nominations for Best Director, Lewis Arnold and Best Editing, Sacha Szwarc.


Help (The Forge/Channel 4)

Channel 4’s care home COVID drama Help, starring EMMY & BAFTA-winning Scousers Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham, is also making noise.

First look at Channel 4's Help starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham

Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham in Help (C) Channel 4

Joining Time as another LCR Production Fund-backed nominee of the prestigious Rose d’Or awards Best Drama category.

But what’s an awards season without a Jodie Comer nod? Whilst the whole city waits for the BAFTA & OSCAR nominations for Jodie’s hotly-tipped performance in Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel – Jodie has bagged a nomination for Best Individual Performance in a Drama Series in C21’s Drama Awards, alongside EMMY-winning performances by Ewan McGregor in Halston and Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen’s Gambit.

So Awkward (Channel X/CBBC)

So Awkward (Channel X/CBBC) nominated for Best Comedy Programme in the RTS North West Awards, was also supported with investment from the LCR Production Fund for its 7th series – a Liverpool based reboot where the characters are Still So Awkward – but now moving to university.

Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures/Channel 4)

Liverpool-based Lime Pictures lead with five nominations in the RTS North West Awards, including two in Best Continuing Drama Storyline, one in Best Digital Creativity, and two Best Performance in a Continuing Drama (Jessica Fox, Kelle Bryan), all for their landmark Channel 4 soap, Hollyoaks.

Boiling Point (Directed by Philip Barantini)

Meanwhile, on the big screen, hot new director, Huyton-born Philip Barantini leads the BIFA announcement with 11 nominations for single-take chef thriller Boiling Point, starring Stephen Graham.

Pictured: Lead actor, Stephen Graham with Director Philip Barantini (C) Vertigo Releasing


Barantini is nominated for Best Director, Stephen Graham is nominated for Best Actor, Boiling Point is nominated for Best British Independent Film, and many more.

BOILING POINT will be released in UK and Irish cinemas by Vertigo Releasing on 29 December 2021.

Benediction (Written by Terence Davies)

Acclaimed Liverpool screenwriter/Director, Terence Davies is also nominated for Best Screenplay for new film Benediction.

Liverpool Film Office – Film Commission Initiative of the Year

Liverpool Film Office is also joining the city’s screen celebrations as a finalist in the Makers & Shakers Awards 2021 for Film Commission Initiative of the Year.

Makers & Shakers Awards 2021 marks Liverpool Film Office’s second nomination for the same category, following a nomination last year for the Development Fund, launched in response to the pandemic.

Liverpool Film Office is the only UK nomination in this category, with international competition from some of the world’s most respected film commissions including;

  • Calgary Film Commissioner
  • Cine Tirol Film Commission
  • The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media
  • Film Paris Region
  • Liverpool Film Office
  • The Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission
  • New Zealand Film Commission