Author of Sharon Horgan drama takes aim at Tories’ handling of Covid

The author of BBC drama Together, starring Irish actress Sharon Horgan, used his TV Baftas speech yesterday to read a searing letter from families affected by Covid-19, criticizing the UK government’s handling with the pandemic.

Togetherwhich also stars James McAvoy, won the Single Drama award.

Screenwriter Dennis Kelly took the stage and read a letter from the campaign group Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice calling for an expedited public inquiry.

Reading from a sheet, he said: “Britain has suffered one of the worst global death tolls during the pandemic. This government’s response has ranged from careless to downright negligent. The lives of our loved ones are treated as expendable collateral damage.

“Bereaved families have been ignored, lied to and gassed by a government that seemed too busy partying to spare us thoughts, even daring to tell us they were too busy to meet with us or promptly initiate an investigation.

“We may never know how many lives of our loved ones could have been saved if things had been done differently, but we will not rest until we know that everything has been done to ensure others are spared this heartache and pain remain.”

Togetherwritten by Kelly and directed by Stephen Daldry, follows a family from the early days of the March 2020 pandemic to the present day.

Otherwise, it wasn’t a good night for the Irish at the awards shows, with Graham Norton, Niamh Algar and Aisling Bea all losing in their Comedy Entertainment Program, Best Actress and Best Female Performance in a Comedy categories, respectively.

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Bea used her time on the awards show red carpet to denounce Tory’s plans to sell Channel 4, home of her latest comedy hit Up this way.

“When you see people trying to film a public body spreading stories like the Windrush scandal and when you see people trying to take over that, it’s really scary,” said the 38-year-old from Kildare . “Something like that can slip away if you don’t stand next to it in a bigger way.

“It’s really important to fight. It may seem small like it doesn’t affect everyone, but it really impacts everyone’s life, especially news and the journalistic side of things.”

Other stars on the red carpet included Nicola Coughlan, star of Derry girls and Bridgetonand Jodie Comer, who won Best Actress for the drama Help.

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