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Whishaw and Walters triumph at International Emmys

Ben Whishaw in Criminal Justice

Story by Jack Foley

BRITISH stars Ben Whishaw (pictured) and Julie Walters triumphed in the top acting categories at the International Emmy Awards in New York on Monday (November 23, 2009).

Whishaw was honoured for his performance in BBC drama Criminal Justice, while Walters triumphed for the BBC’s assisted suicide drama A Short Stay In Switzerland.

Twenty-nine-year old Whishaw played a man accused of murdering a woman after a night of drink and drug-fuelled excess in five-part drama, while 59-year-old played a doctor with an incurable neurological disease seeking assisted suicide at a Zurich clinic.

Neither performer was at the New York awards, which was hosted by Graham Norton.

The International Emmys celebrate TV made outside of the US and were chosen from 41 nominees across 17 countries.

Elsewhere at the ceremony, Sir David Frost was presented with the Founders Award by US broadcaster Barbara Walters, who subsequently described him as “the best interviewer there is”.

Sir David’s TV career began in the early ’60s when he hosted satirical show That Was The Week That Was before his tussle with former President Richard Nixon turned him into a world-wide star and heavyweight interviewer.

The story of his Nixon interview has since been turned into the Oscar-nominated film Frost/Nixon as well as a stage play.

Further British recipients included Channel 4’s The Mona Lisa Curse (which won the arts programming award), Niall Ferguson’s The Ascent of Money, also shown on Channel 4, took the documentary prize, and CBBC’s Dustbin Baby in the children and young people category.

Danish show The Protectors was named best drama series, while Japanese programme Hoshi Shinichi’s Short Shorts won the comedy award.