Award-winning actor, writer, producer and director Sharon Horgan, will address the Edinburgh International Television Festival in the prestigious Alternative MacTaggart, it was announced today (MON).

Celebrated and inimitable Scottish comedian, Frankie Boyle will interview Horgan about pushing the boundaries of comedy.

Award-winning Horgan is a firm favourite on our screens, best known for the comedy series Pulling and Catastrophe, both of which she starred in and co-wrote. Off screen Horgan established independent production company Merman with co-founder Clelia Mountford, and the pair are currently working on projects both in the UK and internationally. Her upcoming project is Divorce for HBO, a series that Horgan created for Sarah Jessica Parker in her first major TV role since Sex and the City.

Sharon Horgan said: “I'm delighted to be following in the comedic footsteps of Nicola Sturgeon and Al Gore and delivering the Alternative MacTaggart speech this year, and even more delighted to be doing it with my uncle Frankie Boyle.  I hope to be getting stuck in to the hot topics that are currently affecting all of our lives and working out if knob gags can help.”

Festival Director, Lisa Campbell, said: “As someone who has worked both on and off screen, Sharon Horgan is a great choice to discuss comedy as a means to push the boundaries of television. With Frankie asking the questions this promises to be a killer session, delving into the depths of parodies, satire, and pure comic genius.”

Horgan features alongside Shane Smith, who will deliver this year’s prestigious James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture discussing VICE’s evolution from a print magazine into a multimedia powerhouse ahead of the launch of TV channel VICELAND in the UK. He will pontificate on the changing dynamic between old and new media; discussing how to create and distribute gold standard content for a young global audience across all screens, while supporting the next class of talented filmmakers.

Previous Alternative MacTaggart speakers have included Nicola Sturgeon, Mary Portas, Charlie Brooker, Professor Brian Cox, Paul Abbott and Ant and Dec.

As a Festival and a charity, the Edinburgh International Television Festival is committed to helping young people from all backgrounds gain access to the TV Industry. It runs two young talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network, which celebrated its 25th Anniversary last year.

Both schemes aim to ensure that the people working in television are as diverse as the audience watching it.

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