‘Curie’ Takes Top Series Award At Monte Carlo

French drama series “Marie Curie” took top honors for best series at the 31st Monte Carlo TV Festival, and its star Marie Christine Barrault won best actress award.

Britain’s Channel 4 pocketed the runnerup prize, Nymphe d’argent, for “The Gravy Train,” and its star, Ian Richardson, received a special mention for his performance in the same series, a satire on the European Community.

The British were singled out for “the excellent quality of their entries in the series category.”

In the telefilm category, a CBC production, “Princes In Exile,” took home the Golden Nymph. Direction award went to Gosteleradio’s “The Children Of Sin,” while award for best script went to “Felipe Has Blue Eyes,” entered by Italy’s RAI 1.

James Garner won best actor award for his performance in the telepic “Decoration Day” (Marian Rees Prods.). Annabelle Apsion, in her first television experience, won for her performance for Central Television’s “The Widow Maker.” A special mention went to “The Story Of Edes Anna,” a production of Hungary’s MTV.

In news category, top prize for best news magazine show went to the BBC’s “Drowning In Blood,” and reporting award went to Finland’s YLE for “Baghdad.”

Other special prizes included:

General public jury award: “Felipe Has Blue Eyes.”

Critics award: (newsmagazine) “First Tuesday: Angel Is Missing,” (Yorkshire TV); (drama) “Le Piege,” (A-2).

Monaco Red Cross Award: “Firing Squad,” (Atlantis Films).

Prince Rainier Award: “Chernol – They Shall Harvest No More,” (NHK).

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