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International Emmys: UK productions win three awards

Still from Utopia Image copyright Channel 4
Image caption Utopia starred Fiona O'Shaughnessy as the mysterious Jessica Hyde

British TV productions have won three awards at the International Emmys, including best drama series for Utopia.

The cult thriller, which was axed by Channel 4 after its second run, beat Sky Atlantic's crime drama The Tunnel and shows from Chile and Japan.

Britain's Stephen Dillane won best actor for The Tunnel.

Documentary series Educating Yorkshire also won at the ceremony in New York, hosted by Little Britain star Matt Lucas.

The producers of the fly-on-the-wall series, filmed at Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury, picked up the award.

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Image caption Educating Yorkshire producers David Brindley, David Clews and Andy Mackenzie collected its prize

Conspiracy drama Utopia was criticised during its first series for a violent scene involving a primary school shooting.

The second series also drew censure for weaving the 1979 assassination of politician Airey Neave into its fictional narrative.

Channel 4 announced in October it would not make a third series of Dennis Kelly's drama.

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Image caption Mad Men creator Weiner (left) helped make stars out of Christina Hendricks and John Slattery

HBO is to make its own version of the series with director David Fincher and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn.

The Netherlands' Bianca Krijgsman was named best actress for The New World ahead of Broadchurch's Olivia Colman.

The BBC's Doctor Who drama An Adventure in Space and Time, meanwhile, was denied the best TV movie award by Germany's World War II drama Generation War.

Sweden's No Burqas Behind Bars, examining the harsh conditions for inmates at a women's prison in Afghanistan, won the best documentary prize.

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner was presented the 2014 Founders Award by series stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery.

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