London Hughes up for South Bank breakthrough award

Monday 23rd November 2020, 10:46am

  • London Hughes has been shortlisted for The Times Breakthrough Award in the South Bank Awards
  • Fleabag, Sex Education and Home are nominated in the comedy category
  • The results will be revealed on Sky Arts at 8pm on Sunday 20th December
Update: Journalist Waad al-Kateab won the Breakthrough Award, Fleabag got the Comedy award, and Ian McKellen the Outstanding Achievement Award.
London Hughes.

London Hughes has been shortlisted in the breakthrough category in the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2020.

The stand-up comedian is the comedy selection in The Times Breakthrough Award category.

She is nominated alongside Jess Gillam (classical music), Paris Fitzpatrick (dance), Waad Al-Kateab (film), Candice Carty-Williams (literature), Rowan Pierce (opera), Beabadoobee (pop), Miriam-Teak Lee (theatre), Dafne Keen (TV drama) and Michael Armitage (visual art).

Hughes is set to release her first Netflix special worldwide on 22nd December. London Hughes: To Catch A D*ck has been executive produced by Kevin Hart and sees the comedian talking about relationships.

The blurb explains: "London is confused. She's awesome, successful, attractive, and has no gag reflex and yet.. somehow, incredibly single... how on earth has that happened?! In this hilariously provocative, empowering show, London will explore the complete mystery of why the world is full of desirable, brilliant but single women - who definitely don't need a man but wouldn't mind the option."

Speaking at the time the Netflix special was revealed, she said: "I'm thrilled to be working with the legend that is Kevin Hart, and I'm so excited for the world to see this special! After the crazy year we've had, we could all do with a good laugh and some good d*ck."

The results of the South Bank Awards will be revealed on Freeview channel Sky Arts at 8pm on Sunday 20th December.

The organisers explain: "Having faced one of their toughest years ever, a host of talent from across the arts industry is set to be celebrated next month at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. Now in its 24th year, the annual ceremony will take place next month at the London Coliseum in a new, socially distanced format."

Elsewhere in the nominations, the TV comedies Fleabag, Sex Education and Home are shortlisted in the comedy category.

Host Melvyn Bragg comments: "This year's awards will inevitably be a very different sort of event for very different circumstances, but nonetheless will be an inspiring and uplifting celebration of the remarkable talent and strength of many artists at the peak of their powers. The diverse and eclectic list of nominees in every category proves that there is much to enjoy in the arts - even in the toughest of times."

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