Brits fete ‘Weeds’

Lionsgate laffer wins RTS intl kudo

LONDON — Dope comedy “Weeds” beat “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost” to clinch the international award at the Royal Television Society’s program awards, held March 14.

In the U.K. “Weeds,” made by Lionsgate and sold to more than 130 markets, airs on Sky One and despite critical acclaim has not made anything like the impact of either “Desperate Housewives ” or “Lost.”

The RTS jury praised “Weeds” for bringing the darker side of the real world to screen in a direct, funny and uncompromising manner, and described the skein as a work of genius.

“It’s exciting to know that the U.K. television community has embraced the quality and unique sensibility of the series and is responding with the kind of critical recognition we’ve enjoyed in the U.S.,” said Kevin Beggs, president of television programming and production, Lionsgate.

The surprise gong for the show that stars Mary-Louise Parker as a suburban mum who resorts to selling weed to support her family after her husband unexpectedly dies was not the only unexpected winner at the RTS gongfest.

Cult BBC 3 medical drama, “Bodies,” triumphed against favorites “Doctor Who” and much feted Channel 4 skein, “Shameless,” in the drama series category, while sketch show “Little Britain” failed to win the comedy performance prize, which went instead to BBC2 laughter, “The Catherine Tate Show.”