Shortland Street set to wipe out rivals

Last updated 02:01 17/08/2008

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Shortland Street looks set to slay the opposition at the Qantas Film and Television Awards nominations, thanks to the show's serial-killer saga.

The TV2 soap which gripped the country with its murder mystery at the end of last year has been nominated for best drama programme at the prestigious awards.

The killer plot kept New Zealand guessing until the show's Christmas cliffhanger, in which nurse Joey Henderson (Johnny Barker) was revealed as the Ferndale Strangler.

Now Barker has been rewarded with a nomination as Best Supporting TV Actor, competing against Kirk Torrance and Tammy Davis of Outrageous Fortune.

Barker also a musician currently on the last leg of his nationwide acoustic duo tour with Reb Fountain was "absolutely stoked"with the nomination.

"After being chucked into a crazy situation (playing a serial killer), being recognised with a nomination at such prestigious awards is the icing on the cake," he told Sunday News.

"The nomination is enough but at the end of the day if I took it out, of course I'd be thrilled. I am a real fan of the others' work so I won't be practising my acceptance speech yet."

And Joey's final victim nurse Alice Piper has also been rewarded with a nod actress Toni Potter has been nominated as Best TV Actress.

Potter impressed viewers and the judges with her performance in scenes in which Alice made a daring escape from Joey in the corridors of a storage unit.

A "surprised" Potter said: "It was a great storyline to be a part of. It was fun to work with Johnny but the crew are the people who should be really recognised at the end of the day.

"The shooting crew in the studio and on location were the hardest workers out of all of us."

And Potter was more thrilled the show's longest standing actor, Michael Galvin, received a nomination for best actor.

"The fact Michael Galvin has been recognised finally for all his hard work and fantastic performances over the years is far more important than my nomination. In saying that, my mum is stoked!" she said.

Galvin's storylines as "Dr Love" Chris Warner in the past year have included a love triangle with wife Toni (Laura Hill) and brother Guy (Craig Parker), and the death of beloved nurse Toni.

"Obviously, I'm very delighted but I am wondering what I did this year, that I didn't do the other 12," Galvin said.

Galvin competes with Antony Starr from Outrageous Fortune and his old mate Erik Thomson, from The Million Dollar Conman. Galvin joked he would practise his "gracious look of defeat".

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"I love Antony Starr and Erik Thompson. I think they're both brilliant actors," he said.

"I've known Eric since university, which is longer ago than either of us would want to admit. I'm honoured to be in their company."

Shortland Street also picked up nominations behind the scenes Rowan McKay is nominated for Achievement in Editing and Josh Thomas for Achievement in Production Design.

The winners will be announced at a glitzy ceremony at Auckland's Civic Theatre on Saturday, September 13.

The Qantas Film and Television Awards are a new amalgamation of the former New Zealand Screen Awards and the New Zealand Television Awards.


- Sunday News

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