'Accused' wins drama series: Chile takes first trophy
The BBC’s “Accused” and Belgium’s “Benidorm Bastards” took the top drama and comedy series prizes at the 39th annual Intl. Emmy Awards, held Monday at the New York Hilton.“Accused,” from RSJ Films for BBC One, depicts the backstories of people accused of crimes as they await the verdicts of their trials. “Accused” star Christopher Eccleston won the lead actor trophy. “Benidorm,” from Shelter/VMMA, is a hidden-camera show featuring seniors pulling pranks on unsuspecting youths. Julie Walters won lead actress for her work in ITV’s “Mo.” Chile won its first-ever Emmy, in the children/young people’s programming category, for the Mi Chica Producciones/CNTV/TVN co-prod “What Is Your Dream?” The U.K’s Twenty Twenty TV won the unscripted series nod for “World’s Strictest Parents.” Sweden’s crime thriller “Millennium” (Yellow Bird/SVT/ZDF/Nordisk Film) prevailed in the movie/miniseries heat. Canada’s “Life With Murder” (JS Kastner Prods./National Film Board of Canada/CTV Canada) about a 20-year-old man accused of murdering his sister, nabbed the docu honor. Jason Priestly emceed the ceremony, which opened with a surprise appearance from Lady Gaga as a tribute to honorary Emmy recipient Nigel Lythgoe. Go to Variety.com for a complete list of winners.