Frankie Boyle, Julia Davis and Shane Meadows join line-up

Celebrated and inimitable Scottish comedian, Frankie Boyle, British film director and screenwriter Shane Meadows, and writer and performer Julia Davis are amongst the latest TV talent appearing at this year’s TV Festival.

Boyle is to make an anticipated return to our event as host of the prestigious Edinburgh TV Awards. Now in their 14th year, the TV Awards celebrate the creative, innovative and commercial choices that broadcasters and production companies present to the public every year.

Boyle will announce the anticipated winners of categories including the highly sought-after Production Company of the Year, C21Media Channel of the Year Award, New Programme of the Year, TV Moment of the Year and new category, Best Online Innovation Award.

“Last year Frankie Boyle became one of the TV Festival’s favourite speakers. We’re delighted he’ll be returning – he’s thoroughly entertaining, often controversial – he’ll undoubtedly add a spark to our 14th TV Awards,” said Festival Director, Lisa Campbell.

Renowned writers, Shane Meadows and Julia Davis have been confirmed to attend the festival as part of exclusive screenings which are a central part of the 40th Anniversary schedule.

Meadows will premiere the first episode of This is England ’90 – the final instalment of the This is England TV series on Channel 4. In an accompanying interview Meadows will discuss his BAFTA-winning career, alongside what we can expect from the final chapter of his multi-award winning landmark series.

Davis will present the first episode of the two-part special of Hunderby, the latest chapter in the dark world of her British Comedy Award and BAFTA-winning comedy, returning to Sky Atlantic later this year. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Davis, and other cast members.

Advisory Chair, Zai Bennett, said: “We are delighted to welcome Frankie, Shane and Julia to the TV Festival’s line-up. It is testament to it being the TV Festival’s 40th Anniversary year that we have such esteemed guests addressing our delegates. We have an exceptionally strong schedule, complimented for the first time with major screenings within our venue, allowing delegates to watch the best new content, as well as talk about it.”

He added: “I’m sure with Frankie Boyle at the helm, the Edinburgh TV Awards will be an electric event this year. Win or lose, I’m sure Frankie will have something to say about all the nominees.”