British TV Cleans Up At International Emmys

British TV was honoured last night after it bagged five awards at America’s International Emmys.

Out of ten highly competitive categories, Britannia emerged as ruler of the (air)waves… ahem… winning five prestigious awards.

Christopher Ecclestone took home the best actor accolade for his role in Accused, which followed the stories of suspects awaiting trial verdicts.

The former Dr Who played a plumber who found £20,000 in the back of a cab but was arrested after it turned out the money was forged in the BBC One drama.

National treasure, Julie Walters, slipped the trophy for best actress into her handbag after she was honoured for her Bafta-winning portrayal of Mo Mowlam in Channel 4’s biopic about the late politician.

OTB sweetheart, Gareth Malone, also triumphed. His series about a group of teenagers training to star in a new opera for the world renowned Glyndebourne opera house won best arts programme.

Malone’s production company, Twenty Twenty, also won the non-scripted entertainment award for The World’s Strictest Parents, which aired on BBC Three.

British TV producer and reality TV pioneer, Nigel Lythgoe, received an honorary prize presented by none other than Lady Gaga.

Lythgoe has worked on such projects as So You Think You Can Dance?, Pop Idol and American Idol over in the US.

Gaga said Lythgoe was her favourite TV executive – he returned the compliment, describing her as “the most creatively talented woman in showbusiness right now”.

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