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Britain dominates International Emmys

world Updated: Nov 25, 2008 12:23 IST
Chris Michaud

British programming dominated the International Emmys on Monday, while Argentina and Jordan marked their first Emmy victories.

Argentina took home one of the 36th annual awards' top prizes, for best TV movies or mini-series, for "Television Por La Identidad," which tells of the country's "disappeared" pregnant women from 1976 to 1983, and their subsequent search for their children.

British productions won most other competitive categories, continuing a pattern of recent years, led by David Suchet and Lucy Cohu who won the top acting honors.

Suchet won for his performance as the crumbling media mogul Robert Maxwell in the BBC's "Maxwell," while Cohu won for "Forgiven" as a suburban housewife who discovers her husband is sexually abusing their daughter.

Britain's virtual sweep also included best comedy for Channel 4's "The IT Crowd," best drama series for "Life on Mars" and the arts programming Emmy for Channel 4's "Strictly Bolshoi." "Shaun the Sheep" won for best children's and young people's programming.

Mountaineering tragedy "The Beckoning Silence" was named best documentary.

The Founders Award was presented to Dick Wolf, creator of the long-running and prolific "Law & Order" franchise, which has recently spawned "Law & Order: London."

Liu Changle, the catalyst behind the Hong Kong-based global multimedia empire Phoenix Satellite Television, received the Directorate Award.

Jordan won the first-ever telenovela Emmy for "The Invasion Igtiyah," a love story set amid the Israeli military's 2002 operations into West Bank cities.

The Emmy for best non-scripted, or reality show, went to The Netherlands' "The Big Donor Show," a controversial program based on a hoax about people vying for a dying woman's donated kidney. The woman was not really dying and the program was aimed at pointing out problems with organ donation laws.