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TV satire wins four Emmy honours

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin won the best actor award for 30 Rock

TV satire 30 Rock dominated the comedy side of the US TV Emmy Awards, winning four honours including best series.

Its stars, Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, took home the best acting honours while Fey also won the comedy writing award.

Period dramas Mad Men and John Adams won the awards for best drama series and best mini-series.

British actress Dame Eileen Atkins took home the award for best supporting actress in a mini-series for her role in the BBC drama Cranford.

"We're very grateful to be up here again and so grateful to have survived into our third season," Fey said as she accepted the best comedy series award.

Highlights from the Emmy awards - courtesy of ABC/ATAS

"We are all very grateful to have jobs in this turkey-burger economy."

Baldwin added: "This is the greatest job I've ever had in my life."

Tom Wilkinson was the only other Briton to win an award, taking the trophy for best supporting actor in a mini-series for John Adams.

The drama, about the United States' second president, saw best acting trophies for Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney and scooped the most awards of the night, winning five honours.

It took 13 Emmys in total, including eight won a week earlier at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards - the most ever by a mini-series.

Drama Mad Men, set in New York's advertising industry in the early 1960s, won the best drama series and best drama writing awards.

Five-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close was named best actress in a drama for her portrayal of a ruthless trial lawyer on the legal series Damages.

The show also won Zeljko Ivanek a best supporting actor award.

Jeremy Piven
Jeremy Piven won best supporting actor in a comedy series
Jeremy Piven and Jean Smart took home the comedy series supporting actor honours for their roles in Entourage and Samantha Who? respectively.

For the 60th anniversary of the awards show, organisers recognised the rise of reality TV by including a category for outstanding reality show host - a prize that went to Jeff Probst of Survivor.

The Office and Extras star Ricky Gervais provided some light relief to the ceremony by giving the celebrity audience some tips on how to make a good acceptance speech.

"Keep it short, particularly if you're not on-screen talent - no one wants to hear from a producer... and don't cry - it's pathetic, it's just an award," he advised.

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