Eighteen shows have been nominated for International Emmys in six categories. All but four are English-language productions.
The nominees are:
The End of Innocence (Germany; a production of Westdeutscher Rundfunk and Redaktion Fernsehspiel). Producer: Martin Wiebel; director: Frank Beyer; writer: Wolfgang Menge; cast: Jurgen Hentsch, Udo Samel, Rolf Hoppe. In England in 1945,10 interned German scientists hear that the atomic bomb has been dropped on Hiroshima and wonder how America was able to accomplish what they were unable to do.
The Black Velvet Gown (U.K.; a Worldwide Intl. production for Tyne Tees TV). Producer: Ray Marshall; director: Norman Stone; writer: Catherine Cookson; adaptation: Gordon Ilann; cast: Bob Peck, Janet McTeer, Jean Anderson, Geraldine Somerville, David Hunt, Brendan P. Healy. Set in the north of England, this drama is the story of a mother and daughter, often at odds with each other, facing the need to challenge and fight prejudice.
The World of Eddie Weary (U.K.; Yorkshire TV). Producers: Terry Mellis, Steve Lanning; director: Alan Grint; writer: Roy Clarke; cast: Ray Brooks, Connie Booth, Celia Imrie, Anita Dobson. The story of Alex Conway, a top TV actor who plays the role of Eddie Weary, a down-at-the-heels private eye.
El Caso 112 (Spain; Television Espanola). Producer: Jose Ramon Gutierrez Aja; director: Victoria Martinez. A TV team tries to identify the woman buried in Niche 112.
Cambodia: The Betrayal (U.K.; Central TV). Producer: David Munro; director/writer: John Pilger. Munro and Pilger return to Cambodia to investigate how and why the West has secretly continued to back Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge guerrillas.
Chasseurs des Tenebres (France: Antenne-2/MDI/National Geographic/Wind Horse). Producer/director/writers: Alain Majani, Eric Valli. Treasure hunters scour Thailand for the bird nests of swiflets, considered a delicacy and an elixir of youth.
Damned in the USA (U.K.; Berwick Universal Pictures for Channel 4 TV). Producers: Paul Yule, Jonathan Stack; director: Yule. The battle between American religious fundamentalists and anti-censorship forces.
Naked Hollywood: Funny For Money (U.K.; BBC). Producer: Nicolas Kent; director: Margy Kinmonth; exec producers: Michael Jackson, John Whiston. The spotlight is on screenwriters in Hollywood- why are they paid so much but treated so badly?
Menuhin – A Family Portrait (U.K.; Isolde Films). Producer/director: Tony Palmer. In this biographical film, Palmer explores famed violinist Yehudi Menuhin’s background and strips away many of the myths that have built up over 70 years. Featuring interviews with Menuhin.
Les Huguenots (Australia; Australian Broadcasting Corp.). Producer: Peter Butler; director: Virginia Lumsden; writer: Giacomo Meyerbeer; cast: Dame Joan Sutherland, Amanda Thane, Anson Austin, John Pringle. After dominating the international opera scene for over 30 years, Dame Joan Sutherland takes her final bow in a gala farewell performance of “Les Huguenots.”
Le Dortoir (The Dormitory) (Canada; Rhombus Media). Producer: Niv Fichman; director: Francois Girard; writers: Girard, Gilles Maheu, Daniele de Fontenay; cast: Maheu, the Carbone 14 Company. An adaptation of Quebec theater director Maheu’s stage production.
The Cunning Little Vixen (U.K.; BBC). Producer: Dennis Marks; director: Barrie Cavin; writer: Leos Janacek; cast: Gwynne Howell, Thomas Allen, Robert Tear, Diana Montague, Gillian Knight, Lillian Watson, John Dobson. Janacek’s “Vixen” was adapted for the Royal Opera by Simon Rattle and recorded at Covent Garden in June 1990.
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (U.K.; Hat Trick Prods, for Channel 4). Producer: Dan Patterson; director: Chris Bould; devised by Patterson and Mark Leveson; cast: Clive Anderson, Mike McShane, Ryan Styles, Greg Proops, George McGrath. Improvisational show in which Anderson, aided by the studio audience, selects scenes, characters and situations that four players must bring to life.
The Curse of Mr. Bean (U.K.; Thames TV). Producer/director: John Howard-Davies; writers: Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis, Robin Driscoll; cast: Atkinson, Angus Deayton, Matilda Ziegler. Mr. Bean (Atkinson) drives a bit, goes swimming, has lunch and demonstrates why he hasn’t got a girlfriend.
The Kids in the Hall (Canada: CBC). Producer: Joe Forristall; director: John Blanchard; writers/cast: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson. Popular comedy series comprised of various sketches. Nominated episode is titled “Cops 0 Canada.”
Children and young people
Boy Soldiers (Australia; Australian Children’s Television Foundation). Producer: Margot McDonald; director: Mark Joffe; exec producer: Patricia Edgar; writer: Cliff Green; cast: Tamblyn Lord, Nathan Croft, Gary Sweet, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Bruno Lawrence. In 1910, the Australian government passed a law requiring all boys age 12 to 17 to register for compulsory military training. Between 1911 and 1915, more than 30,000 boys were prosecuted for failing to obey the law. This story tells of one such boy, Will Barnes.
The Fool of die World and die Flying Ship (U.K.; Thames TV). Producers: Brian Cosgrove, Brian Hall; director: Francis Vose; writer: John Hambley; narrator: David Suchet. When a young boy discovers a magical flying ship, it leads him on an exciting journey. This animated film is derived from a folk tale set in 17th-century Russia.
Johnson & Friends (Australia; Film Australia). Producer: Ron Saunders; director: Ian Munro; writer: John Patterson. When Michael falls asleep, his bedroom (and toys) come to life.