The stars were out in New York for the International Emmies, the International Academy of Television Arts and Science’s awards for non-US TV programmes.
The night’s big winners were Britain with three awards, France and Brazil with a pair each, and Australia, Germany, and South Korea. Britain’s “Moone Boy” was best comedy, and “Freddie Mercury the Great Pretender” tied for the arts award with South Korea’s “Hello? Orchestra!” German channel RTL won an industry award.
Superstar Sean Bean won his best actor award for a bravura turn in one episode of a BBC crime series “Accused”, very different to his dashing Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones roles of old.
Best actress award went to Brazil’s Fernanda Montenegro, an Oscar nominee in 1998 and veteran of Brazilian television for her role as an adventurous 85-year-old in telefilm “Doce de Mae”. Brazil also won a prize for best telenovela, a year-long daily series, with “Lado a Lado”.
The annual Founders Award given to people who have made a contribution to the industry as a whole went to one of the most creative and prolific directors and producers of recent times JJ Abrams, currently busy reviving the “Star Wars” franchise.
French-produced “Five Broken Cameras” by a Palestinian-Israeli directing team won best documentary, while the acclaimed and creepy “The Returned” won best drama.