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Monday 5 December 2016

Fifty ways to collect your Emmy as Baz and mum Nancy nominated for award

Baz and Mum Nancy
Baz and Mum Nancy
Baz and mum Nancy

Baz Ashmawy said he is "shocked and delighted" that 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy has been nominated for an International Emmy Award.

The hit reality series follows Baz and his mum Nancy on their daredevil adventures around the world and is up for the award for Best Non-Scripted Entertainment Show.

The winners will be announced at a black tie ball in the Hilton Hotel in New York on November 23.

Baz and Nancy are up against Barones de la Cerveza from Argentina, Belgium's Flying Doctors and Master Chef South Africa for the top gong.

"We weren't expecting this at all, it's a huge surprise," Baz told the Herald.

"We're delighted - we're just over the moon and my mum is really excited.

"It's funny, because we were only talking about new places to go the other day and now she's off to New York for a night or two, so she can't wait.

"We have a lot of fun making the show, and this will be a great night."

The format has been sold to more than 100 countries and Baz's production company, Brown Bread Films, has pocketed a rumoured €5m from the sales.

Baz said it's a great honour to have the series - which sees him and his mammy go to Lapland and spend time in a jail in the Philippines - recognised internationally.

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"I'm not a big person for awards, I've always been happy enough knowing people's reactions to the show," he said.

"But this is lovely because you have to put yourself forward for a lot of awards, though we're really shocked at this. It's just not something you expect."

Meanwhile, the show was also nominated in the Best Entertainment Show category for the inaugural IFTA TV Awards, which take place in Dublin later this month.

Fifty Ways To Kill Your Mammy is up against The Voice of Ireland, The Imelda May Show and Ireland AM for the prize on home soil.

Baz said he and 71-year-old Nancy are going to start working on a third season of the show soon.

The final episode of the new season, which sees the intrepid pair take on Japan, airs tonight on Sky 1 at 9pm.

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