Britain dominates International Emmy Awards

Published on Nov 21, 2006 02:52 PM IST

The country romped six of the nine programming prizes at the 34th annual awards for the best on television.

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British programming dominated the International Emmy Awards held here, scooping up six of the nine programming prizes.

Britain's wins Monday night, at the 34th annual awards for the best international TV came despite strong challenges from Brazil and continental Europe, whose entries "showed considerable style and competitiveness", according to Variety.

The BBC's Life on Mars was named best drama while its Little Britain spoof on British culture and political correctness was named best comedy for the third year running.

But a French made-for-TV movie Nuit Noire nabbed the top prize for TV movie or mini-series.

Veteran British actor Ray Winstone won the best actor prize for his performance as a long-suffering private eye in Vincent while Maryam Hassouni nabbed the actress trophy for her role as a Palestinian terrorist in the Dutch TV movie Offers.

Sugar Rush, a British series about a lesbian schoolgirl, won in the children/young people category. The prize for best documentary went to Hiroshima, a BBC/TFI/ZDF/Discovery Channel co-production with the Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, about the first use of the atomic bomb in August 1945.

British cooking series Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares won in the non-scripted entertainment category while Knowledge is the Beginning", a EuroArts Music International show in co-production with ZDF/ARTE, Germany, won for best arts programming.

Director Steven Spielberg was presented the Founders Award for his long and distinguished career in television.

Comedian and talk-show host Graham Norton hosted the proceedings at the New York Hilton Hotel. Actress Susan Sarandon and news anchors Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour were among the presenters.

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