Bob Dylan documentary wins big at Banff awards

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Martin Scorsese's 2005 documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan was the big winner at the 27th Banff Rockie Awards on Monday night, taking home the grand prize and the arts documentary prize at the Banff World Television Festival.

Scorsese's Dylan chronicle, which aired on the BBC and on public television in the United States, was chosen by an international jury led by chair Loren Mawhinney, a Canadian producer.

For the second straight year, British producers grabbed the bulk of trophies, beating out US producers during their traditional Banff Rockie award shoot-out.

British independent producers came away with seven Banff Rockie awards in all, either for programs the British produced on their own or as part of co-productions.

BBC 2's Extras: Kate Winslet grabbed the trophy for comedy, while BBC's Life on Mars earned the continuing series prize. And BBC 3's Mischief: A Dirty Weekend in Hospital took home the information or current affairs trophy, while the popular Channel 4's Jamie's School Dinners, featuring celebrity cook Jamie Oliver, won the lifestyle program award.

US producers earned trophies for family and youth program for The Hobart Shakespeareans, from PBS, and for sports program with Viva Baseball, a film from producers in the US, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.

Two British-US coproductions also earned glory Monday night, with BBC and HBO's Children of Beslan capturing the social and political documentary prize, and BBC and WGBH Boston's Bleak House coming away with the miniseries prize.

A complete list of winners can be found at www.hollywoodreporter.com.

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