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British talent dominates at Emmys

British Emmy Winners

British talent has dominated at the International Emmys in New York, winning seven out of the 10 awards.

David Suchet was among the British winners as he took best actor for his 2007 BBC role as tycoon Robert Maxwell.

The BBC's Shaun the Sheep and Life On Mars won the children and young people and best drama series awards. Channel 4's The IT Crowd was best comedy.

Forty nominees from 16 nations competed for awards recognising excellence in TV programmes produced outside of the US.

'Thrilled'

The best actress prize went to Lucy Cohu for her role in Channel 4's Forgiven as a housewife who reports her husband for abusing their daughter, but then decides to try to salvage their relationship.

Backstage at the ceremony at the New York Hilton Hotel, Suchet said: "It's been an unbelievable night for the Brits. I'm absolutely thrilled to bits, I can't believe it's really true.

Actor David Suchet says he is 'knocked out and delighted' at winning an Emmy award

"This is my first Emmy ever, and I can't tell you what it feels like to win for England because it's international, and to represent my acting community as well."

Cohu said: "It was absolutely fantastic. I can't believe it.

"This is the first award I've won. You don't do this for awards, but they do open doors."

The other British winners were Strictly Bolshoi, for arts programming, and The Beckoning Silence, in the documentary section, both screened on Channel 4.

Transplant hoax

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

The programme triggered fury when its producers announced a terminally ill woman would decide on television which of three patients needing a transplant would receive her kidney.

Ashley Pharoah and Cameron Roach
Writer Ashley Pharoah (l) and producer Cameron Roach (r) collected the award for Life on Mars for best drama series.

But later it was revealed the woman was not dying and that it had been a hoax intended to pressure the Dutch government into reforming organ donation laws.

Jordan's Al-Igtiyah (The Invasion) won the newly established telenovela category and Argentina's Television por la identidad won in the TV movie/mini-series category.

Producer Dick Wolf, whose shows are seen throughout the world, was given the International Emmy Founders Award.

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