BBC scoops four International Emmy Awards

I am delighted the BBC won such prestigious awards across three of our channels. It shows just how distinctive and varied BBC output is and I want to congratulate all those involved with the programmes.George Entwistle, Director of BBC Vision
Date: 22.11.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.07
Last night at the 39th International Emmy awards ceremony in New York the BBC scooped four out of ten TV awards for all its nominated categories.

The winners were:

  • For best arts programme: Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne (BBC Two by Twenty Twenty Television)
  • For best performance by an actor: Christopher Eccleston as Willy Houlihan in Accused (BBC One by RSJ Films)
  • For best drama series: Accused (BBC One by RSJ Films)
  • For best non-scripted entertainment: The World's Strictest Parents (BBC Three by Twenty Twenty Television)

George Entwistle, Director of BBC Vision says: “I am delighted the BBC won such prestigious awards across three of our channels. It shows just how distinctive and varied BBC output is and I want to congratulate all those involved with the programmes.”

Notes to Editors

The BBC won four out of the total five awards that went to the UK

The second series of Accused, Jimmy McGovern’s drama for BBC One, has started filming with Anne-Marie Duff, Olivia Colman, John Bishop, Robert Sheehan, Sheridan Smith and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in leading roles. More info here: bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/accused.html

Programme descriptions

Accused (BBC One)

Christopher Eccleston starred in the opening episode of Accused – a six-part drama from Jimmy McGovern, Alice Nutter, Danny Brocklehurst and Esther Wilson about crime and punishment. The unflinching contemporary stories boasted a stellar casts comprising: Mackenzie Crook, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Andy Serkis, Marc Warren, Naomie Harris, Warren Brown and, in his first leading role, Ben Smith.

Each story was about an ordinary person who ended up in the dock but the questions were posed - should these men and women be there? Are they innocent or guilty or somewhere in-between? As each hour long episode unravelled we saw how these people became the accused and finally whether they walk free or go down.

Gareth Malone Goes To Glyndebourne (BBC Two)

Gareth Malone, star of BBC Two's The Choir, took on one of his biggest challenges, joining the production team at Glyndebourne in the role of Chorus Master on his first opera, the critically acclaimed Knight Crew. Knight Crew was Glyndebourne’s largest outreach project in a long tradition of education commissions for the main stage. The programme was part of the Pan-BBC Opera Season and was made by Twenty Twenty Television for and on behalf of Controller of BBC Two, Janice Hadlow, by Commissioning Editor of Music and events Jan Younghusband.

The World's Strictest Parents (BBC Three)

Unruly British teenagers are sent to live with strict families in different countries.

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