Britain wins 7 International Emmys
International Herald Tribune
The Associated Press
25 November 2008
NEW YORK: The time-traveling detective show “Life on Mars” picked up its second International Emmy for best drama series, leading a British sweep of seven of the 10 awards handed out Monday night at a ceremony that also honored “Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf.
Sam Waterston, who has appeared as prosecutor Jack McCoy in more than 325 “Law & Order” episodes since 1994, presented the special International Emmy Founders Award to Wolf whose shows are seen in their original or locally produced versions in almost every corner of the globe.
He was joined onstage at the New York Hilton Hotel by his co-star Linus Roache, as well as Dann Florek, Tamara Tunie and Michaela McManus from the spinoff “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
David Suchet took home the best actor Emmy for his portrayal of Robert Maxwell in the biography series “Maxwell” about the scandal-plagued final stages of the British media mogul’s life.
The best actress honors went to Lucy Cohu for her role in the true-life drama “Forgiven” about a suburban housewife who reports her husband to authorities for sexually abusing their daughter and later decides to rebuild their lives together.
“The I.T. Crowd,” which centers on the world of socially-awkward information technology geeks working for a British corporation, received the Emmy in the comedy category.
“Life on Mars,” whose U.S. version premiered on the ABC network this fall, also won the Emmy for best drama series for its first season in 2006.
The latest Emmy was for the show’s second and final season which wrapped up the mystery of how time-traveling detective Sam Tyler, played by John Simm, ended up trapped in 1973 after a car crash.