We've always thought British TV was worth celebrating and, at last night's 38th International Emmy Awards, American critics agreed. The United Kingdom won six of the coveted awards, including the majority of the main prizes. Not bad, eh?
British actors Bob Hoskins and Helena Bonham Carter won the top acting awards for their roles in The Street and Enid respectively. Meanwhile, The Street, which recently ended on BBC One, was given the gong for best drama series. The American award goes some way to make up for the drama's loss at this year's BAFTAs to admittedly brilliant Misfits, which shocked even the E4 show's cast.
Small Island, which was successful at this year's BAFTAs (winning an award for David Oyelowo's acting), also won at last night’s Emmys. The drama, about Jamaican immigrants in the UK during and after World War II, was given the gong for best TV movie/mini-series. Also scooping a trophy, in the Children and Young People category, was the CBBC cartoon Shaun the Sheep.
The last winning Brit was Simon Cowell, who picked up a special gong for his TV and charity work. The International Emmy Founders Award was presented to him by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who among other things owns Fox--the network that Cowell's stateside talent show, American Idol, airs on.
Does this news make you proud to be British?