Britain rules the international Emmys

British talent monopolised the International Emmys in New York today, picking up seven of the 10 awards on offer.

British talent monopolised the International Emmys in New York today, picking up seven of the 10 awards on offer.

David Suchet took home the best actor Emmy for his portrayal of Robert Maxwell in the biography series 'Maxwell', about the scandal-plagued final stages of the British media mogul’s life.

And Lucy Cohu won the best actress honours for her role in the true-life drama 'Forgiven' about a suburban housewife who reports her husband for sexually abusing their daughter but later decides to rebuild their lives together.

The 36th International Emmy awards gala, held at the New York Hilton Hotel, also saw the time-travelling detective show 'Life On Mars' picked up its second International Emmy for best drama series. It first won the award in 2006.

Ireland was also represented at the awards with writer Graham Linehan's sitcom 'The IT Crowd' which centres on the world of socially-awkward IT geeks working for a British corporation, receiving the Emmy in the comedy category.

The other British winners included 'Strictly Bolshoi' (arts programming), the story of the first Englishman, choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, to create an original work for Moscow’s famed Bolshoi Ballet; 'Shaun the Sheep' (children & young people), about a mischievous sheep who exasperates the sheepdog assigned to watch the flock; and 'The Beckoning Silence' (documentary) depicting a mountaineer’s tragic battle for survival on the Eiger in the Swiss Alps

In the other awards, Sam Waterston, who has appeared as prosecutor Jack McCoy in more than 325 'Law & Order' episodes since 1994, presented the special International Emmy Founders Award to producer Dick Wolf whose shows are seen in their original or locally-produced versions in almost every corner of the world.

The controversial Dutch hoax-reality programme, 'The Big Donor Show', won the Emmy for non-scripted entertainment.

The programme sparked an outrage when the producers announced a terminally ill woman would decide on television which one of three patients in need of a transplant would receive her kidney.

But it later emerged it was a stunt intended to pressure the Dutch government to reform organ donation laws and the woman was not dying of a brain tumour.

The winners were chosen from among 40 nominees from 16 countries competing for International Emmys, honouring excellence in TV programming produced outside the United States, in 10 categories.

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