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Last Updated: Monday, 4 October, 2004, 15:17 GMT 16:17 UK
Channel 4 leads global Emmys race
Channel 4's comedy drama Shameless
Channel 4's comedy drama Shameless is up for best drama
UK broadcaster Channel 4 has got six nominations for 2004's International Emmy Awards, which honour non-US TV shows - more than any other channel.

Its hits including Wife Swap, Shameless and The Deal will be up for prizes at November's ceremony in New York, to be hosted by comedian Graham Norton.

The BBC got four nominations, announced in Cannes on Monday, for shows like The Canterbury Tales and Waking the Dead.

The UK's total of 11 nominations was followed by four for Canada and France.

ITV also received a nomination for best TV movie or mini-series for Henry VIII, in which Ray Winstone played the 16th Century monarch.

Julie Walters
Julie Walters won a Bafta for a new version of The Canterbury Tales
It will go up against Channel 4's The Deal, about UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's rise to power, and the BBC's modern reworking of The Canterbury Tales.

Channel 4's Wife Swap - which has already won a Bafta TV Award, a Golden Rose and transferred to the US - is up for the best non-scripted entertainment award.

It goes head-to-head with another Channel 4 show, Brat Camp, which followed six unruly teenagers as they went to a tough US behaviour camp.

Also in that category is Argentine satire Caiga Quien Caiga, which has broken the record for the most nominations for a single show, with five over different years.

UK - 11
France - 4
Canada - 4
Germany - 2
Chile - 2
Netherlands - 2
Comedy drama Shameless is up for best drama series, against BBC One's Waking the Dead.

A spokesman for Channel 4 said: "We have had a particularly strong year that has included some outstanding drama, documentary and entertainment series.

"We are delighted to see this recognised with so many of our programmes nominated for International Emmys."

In the documentary category, Channel 4's The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off is nominated alongside BBC Two's Seven Wonders of the Industrial World about the Hoover Dam.

George Orwell: A Life in Pictures, another BBC show, is the UK's representative on the arts shortlist, while Channel 4's The Illustrated Mum is in the children's category.

But the UK has no shows in the running for the comedy award - with two Canadian programmes dominating that race.

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