Scorsese biopic tops Banff TV kudos
BANFF, Alberta — Martin Scorsese’s biopic “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan” was tapped for the grand prize at the Banff World Television Awards, handed out at a festival gala Monday night in this resort town in the Rockie Mountains.
The U.S. and U.K. had boffo showings at the awards in the fest’s 27th year.
In addition to “No Direction Home,” which also won arts doc, PBS’ “The Hobart Shakespeareans” won family and youth program. Two U.S./U.K. co-productions took Rockies; “Bleak House,” from BBC and WGBH, nabbed miniseries, and “Children of Beslan,” from BBC and HBO, won the social and political Rockie.
The comedy nod went to “Extras: Kate Winslet,” produced by BBC in association with HBO; and the U.K.’s “Life on Mars” won the continuing series prize, beating out “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Law & Order.”
“Mischief: A Dirty Weekend in Hospital” took the nod in the information current affairs category; “Jamie’s School Dinners” took the Rockie for lifestyle program, and “Young Black Farmers” from Channel 4 won unscripted entertainment program.
Other winners include “Maria’s Last Journey” from German pubcaster ARD, which took made-for-TV movie; “Enough Rope,” broadcast on Sweden’s SVT, took the hardware for performance program; a special jury prize went to Finland’s “Y in Vyborg”; and another special jury prize went to “The Rise and Fall of the Russian Oligarchs,” a multihyphenate production broadcast on France’s ARTE.
Some 101 shows from 24 countries were nominated in 18 categories. More than 1,000 programs were entered for consideration.
Other recipients on Monday at a luncheon hosted by comedian Russell Peters include CBS Television, which took the festival’s inaugural outstanding achievement award; Allan Magee, winner of the Lionsgate/Maple Pictures innovative producer award; Wendy Mesley, recipient of the John Drainie Award; and Paul Haggis and David Shore, recipients of the fest’s award of distinction and award of excellence, respectively.