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The BBC's Tom Brook
"British TV offerings dominate the Emmys"
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Monday, 20 November, 2000, 12:26 GMT
Best of British battle for Emmys
Sacha Baron Cohen as Ali G
Sacha Baron Cohen is better known as Ali G
The cream of British television programmes will find out on Monday night if they have won a coveted International Emmy award.

The UK have garnered 12 out of the 21 nominees for the awards, which take place in New York.

Channel 4's Da Ali G Show and Smack the Pony have been nominated for best comedy show.

Smack The Pony won the prize at last year's ceremony.

Ali G, a character created by Sacha Baron Cohen, whether he wins or not, has caused a real stir with the Emmys' committee members.

Georges Leclere told the BBC's Tom Brook: "Everbody laughed so much when they saw it.

"I don't know if it will win, but some people said he should be a presenter at next year's awards."

BBC One's drama Warriors, which has already won a number of prizes, is nominated for best drama.

It starred Ioan Grufford, Matthew MacFadyen and Shaun Dooley as British soldiers patrolling in Bosnia.

Warriors is up against Channel 4's historical drama Longitude.

The BBC has six nominations, Channel 4 has five while ITV has one, for a ITN news report on the Mozambique floods.

The International Emmys award prizes for productions from outside the US, as opposed to the domestic Emmy awards.

A win at the ceremony or a nomination can help establish a foothold in the American market.

"We have many cases where a winning programme, or even just a nominated programme, can be taken by American TV," said Mr Leclere.


International Emmy nominations:

DRAMA:
All Stars: VARA/M+B Film (Netherlands)
Longitude: Granada Film for Channel 4 (UK)
Warriors: BBC in association with Deep Indigo Productions (UK)

PERFORMING ARTS:
Masterworks: Six Pieces of Great Britain - Ralph Vaughn Williams: The Tallis Fantasia: BBC (UK)
Gloriana, a film: Illuminations for the BBC (UK)
Ode to Joy - 10,000 Voices Resound! Mainichi Broadcasting Systems Inc. (Japan)

POPULAR ARTS:
Ali G - Part 2: Talkback for Channel 4 (UK)
Caiga Quien Caiga: Cuatro Cabezas (Argentina)
Smack the Pony II - programme 1: Talkback for Channel 4 (UK)

NEWS:
Correspondent: Inside Chechnya: BBC in association with Wilton Films (UK)
Zone Interdite, Chile: Torturers Running Free: Tony Comiti Productions/Metropole Television (France)
The Mozambique Floods: ITN (UK)

DOCUMENTARY:
Stolen Generations: Jotz Productions (Australia)
Kapo: A Set Productions Film in Association with RAI 3 and Spiegel TV (Israel)
Playing the China Card - Nixon and Mao: Brook Lapping Productions for Channel 4 and WGBH (UK)

ARTS DOCUMENTARY:
The Jazzman from the Gulag: France 3/Ideale Audience (France)
Tell Me The Truth About Love: BBC (UK)
Howard Goodall's Big Bangs - Notation: Tiger Aspect for Channel 4 (UK)

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE:
Street Cents - #17 "Wide Open": Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Canada)
The Magician's House: Kudos Productions/Forefront for the BBC (UK)
The Daltons: VPRO (The Netherlands)

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