British programs once again had a strong showing at the International Emmy Awards, winning 5 of the 10 categories during the ceremony tonight at the New York Hilton. Two unscripted series with U.S. remakes made the cut: Belgium’s hidden-camera series Benidorm Bastards, whose U.S. version Off Their Rockers starring Betty White is on tap for mideason at NBC, won for best comedy. The British reality show The World’s Strictest Parents, which was awarded best non-scripted entertainment program, has an U.S. remake of the same name airing on TLC and occasionally on MTV. And Sweden’s Millennium mini-series, which won for best TV movie/mini-series, is an extension to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium feature series, which is being remade in the U.S., starting with David Fincher’s upcoming The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The BBC One anthology drama series Accused was the only multiple winner with statuettes for best drama series and best actor, Christopher Eccleston. UK company Twenty Twenty also nabbed 2 wins, for arts programming and non-scripted entertainment. Chile won its first ever International Emmy in the children and young people category. And reality producer Niger Lythgoe received the International Emmy Founders Award, presented to him by Lady Gaga. Emmy-winning Good Wife co-star Archie Panjabi presented the International Emmy Directorate Award to Subhash Chandra, Chairman of India’s Zee TV by actress Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) and Citigroup Chairman Richard Parsons. here is a complete list of the 2011 International winners:
Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne
Twenty Twenty Television
Gareth Malone is passionate about opera while most British teenagers are not. David Pickard, head of renowned opera house Glyndebourne, wants Malone to help him stage a brand new opera featuring untrained teenagers. Malone has just seven months to find 50 teenagers from all over southeast England and train them from scratch to match the world class standards of Glyndebourne.
Best Performance by an Actor
as Willy Houlihan
RSJ Films for BBC One
Lapsed Catholic plumber Willy Houlihan is about to tell his wife Carmel that he’s been cheating on her when their daughter announces she’s getting married. Willy struggles both with his secret and with the costs of the upcoming wedding. He makes a pact with God that he’ll give up his mistress if God will help him with his financial difficulties. Later, Willy finds a packet containing £20,000 in the back of a taxi. He bets it all in a game of roulette and wins; however, it turns out the money is all forged notes and Willy is arrested
Best Performance by an Actress
as Mo Mowlam
ITV Studios for Channel 4
Mo Mowlam’s charisma, warmth, passion, and unorthodox approach to politics helps her achieve some monumental landmarks in recent British history.
Children & Young People
¿Con Qué Sueñas? (What is your Dream?)
Mi Chica Producciones / CNTV / TVN
¿Con qué Sueñas? explores the world of children. What are their lives like? What makes them happy? What makes them sad? What are their dreams? The show seeks to capture their innocence, fantasies, and imagination, and explores how the places they live in shapes their lives and ways of seeing the world.
Shelter / VMMA
Benidorm Bastards is an edgy hidden camera show that follows seven senior citizens who make it their mission to trick as many young people as they can.
Life with Murder
JS Kastner Productions / The National Film Board of Canada in association with CTV
When 20-year-old Mason Jenkins is charged with the murder of his only sibling, 18-year-old Jennifer, his parents are faced with the decision of whether to accept their daughter’s alleged killer back into the family or to sever ties with him, obliterating their family in the process. The film follows their evolving relationship as disturbing new facts surface about the murder and Mason continues to assert his innocence.
RSJ Films for BBC One
Accused tells the stories of people accused of crimes as they sit in the holding cells on the corridor beneath a crown court, awaiting the verdict of their trial.
The World’s Strictest Parents
Twenty Twenty Television
In each episode of The World’s Strictest Parents, two unruly British teenagers leave their fraught family lives behind and spend 10 days living abroad with a strict host family in an attempt to change their behavior.
Laços de Sangue (Blood Ties)
S.I.C. (Sociedade Independente de Comunicação) / TV Globo
Two sisters are swept away by a river current. Their father manages to save Inês, the older sister, but dies trying to save the younger one, whose body is never recovered. Years later Inês has to fight for João’s love against Diana, the sister everyone thought dead and who has returned to take revenge on Inês.
Yellow Bird / SVT / ZDF / Nordisk Film
Millennium follows investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the ruthless, anti-social computer hacker Lisbeth Salander. Together they unravel various crimes – from the mystery of a missing girl, to sex trafficking, to a far reaching government conspiracy, in which Lisbeth herself has suffered severe injustices in connection and has sworn revenge.
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