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Tuesday, November 25, 1997 Published at 09:47 GMT


Brits dominate International Emmy Awards
image: [ And the winner is... ]
And the winner is...

British television programmes have dominated the International Emmy Awards in New York, taking four of the top prizes.

The BBC won the Drama and Performing Arts sections. Channel Four received the Arts Documentary and Children's programming prizes.

The UK had nine of the 18 nominations for programmes made outside the United States. The finalists were selected from 370 entries.

The winners can expect their Emmy to boost their profile in the international television community and, in many instances, help strike distribution deals in those countries that have not yet seen their programmes.

The Drama Emmy went to Crossing The Floor, a Hat Trick Production shown on BBC2, about a prominent Conservative politician who crosses the floor of the House of Commons to join the opposition Labour Party.

It was a surprise victory, beating strong competition in the category from the Granada television drama Hillsborough, about the football stadium tragedy.

[ image: Guy Jenkin: pleased comedy won for a change]
Guy Jenkin: pleased comedy won for a change
Guy Jenkin, the director of Crossing the Floor, said it was nice for a comedy drama to win instead of the usual serious productions, because comedy could be an equally powerful weapon.

The Performing Arts Emmy was won by Enter Achilles, a dance piece featuring eight men in a pub who move between reality and fantasy.

Avril MacRory, head of music at the BBC, said the award was important for British dance, British choreographers, British filmmakers and the BBC.

The NVC Arts production, Dancing For Dollars: The Bolshoi In Vegas, which charts the Russian troupe's disastrous 1996 trip to Las Vegas, received the Arts Documentary award.

[ image: Wise Up: putting children on television]
Wise Up: putting children on television
The Children and Young People's Emmy was awarded to Carlton's Wise Up which has won before. The producer, Mick Robertson, said: "It is putting real children on television, allowing them to express themselves freely and not many people do that."

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