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Tuesday, 23 November, 1999, 10:52 GMT
UK shows in Emmys haul
Pony prize: Fiona Allen, Sally Phillips and producer Victoria Pile celebrate

British productions have dominated the International Emmys in the US - winning six out of seven categories in the prestigious television awards.

Twenty-one programmes from eight countries were nominated for the seven Emmys in the New York ceremony, which was hosted by BBC chat show presenter Clive Anderson.

The International Emmys honour productions from outside the US, as opposed to the domestic Emmy awards which take place each September.

Channel 4's comedy sketch show Smack The Pony led the winners, winning the popular arts award. The sketch show - featuring Sally Phillips, Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sarah Alexander - returns for its second series early in 2000.

Fiona Allen gets to know The Phil directors Roy Ackerman and Graham Johnson
Another success for Channel 4 came for The Phil - a fly-on-the-wall account of life at the Philharmonia orchestra. Made by Diverse Productions, it shared the best arts prize with Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, a Canadian documentary featuring interviews with the US author, who died last week.

A new prize for news programming went to Channel 4's Dispatches programme A Witness To Murder. Made by Hardcash Productions, it showed eyewitness accounts of an atrocity during the Kosovo conflict when a gang of armed Serbs arrived in the village of Velika Krusa, rounded up ethnic Albanians, and murdered the men in earshot of their relatives.

The best documentary was Born In The USSR - 14 Up. Made for the BBC by Granada Television, it revisited a group of 14-year-old children for the first time since they last appeared on film at the age of seven.

Dame Thora Hird and Pete Postlethwaite in Lost for Words
The drama prize went to Yorkshire Television's Lost For Words, which starred Dame Thora Hird as an elderly woman known for her eccentric opinions, who is silenced by a stroke.

Another British success came for a TV film stage production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! It won best the performing arts prize in a tie with a Canadian show, Karen Kain: Dancing In The Moment.

Japanese production Tell Us About Your Life - Battlefield Doctor won the remaining award, for best children's show.

The British trophy haul beats last year's triumph, when UK producers won three out of the six prizes on offer.

Although the International Emmys do not have a high public profile, winning a trophy can give producers and broadcasters prestige - and the chance of securing lucrative deals to sell shows and formats worldwide.

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