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British stars dominate Emmy TV awards

David Suchet declared an "unbelievable night for the Brits" as they monopolised the International Emmys in New York, picking up seven of the 10 awards on offer.

Hollyweird: The Emmys

Some classic Hollyweird activity was to be found at the entrance to the 60th Emmy Awards on Sunday. Apparently, security guards struggled to get the 6,500 guests through the airport-style security and into the Nokia Theatre in time for the ceremony. It seems that, despite there being four metal-detector arches available, the majority of the guests wanted to bask in the glory of the tabloid-media spotlight and joined the line for the arch dedicated solely to stars of the small screen.

Bill Melendez: Animator who worked on Disney classics and adaptations of the 'Peanuts' cartoons

Animator, producer and director, Bill Melendez had a distinguished career in animation that spanned more than 60 years, from the early Disney classics through the vintage era of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck to a long, highly successful spell as producer of television shows and movies based on the long-running comic strip "Peanuts", about Charlie Brown and his friends. Melendez was the only animator authorised by Charles M. Schultz, the creator of "Peanuts", to bring his legendary characters to life.

Leading article: Unconventional wisdom

Awards should always be taken with a pinch of salt, as any aficionado of the critics' favourite TV show The Wire will tell you. But even fans of that long-ignored programme must have allowed themselves a little satisfaction at the latest Emmy Awards, where, for once, the right shows won. That included Mad Men as Best Dramatic Series. Set in New York's fledgling 1960s advertising industry, Mad Men will feel totally unfamiliar to anyone used to the conventions of most American primetime TV drama.

British talent disappoints at Emmys with only two awards

Tom Wilkinson and Dame Eileen Atkins were the only two British prize-winners at the 60th annual Emmy awards, held in Los Angeles late on Sunday night.

Brits miss out at Emmys

British TV stars had a disappointing night at the 60th annual Emmy awards today.

Emmy awards: the full list of winners

Mad Men made Emmy history while the sitcom 30 Rock and its stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin took the top honours at this year's Emmy awards in Los Angeles.

Guy Adams: Hollywood reaches for the begging bowl

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Alec Baldwin's angry dad guide to parenting

Embroiled in a vicious divorce, accused of bullying his daughter, what makes this Hollywood star feel he has something to contribute to the parenting debate? Guy Adams reports

Sex files: David Duchovny in rehab

In a move that Hank Moody, the writer whose mid-life crisis he chronicles in Californication, should have taken years ago, David Duchovny has checked himself into rehab to seek treatment for sex addiction.

Lost in translation: British TV goes abroad

'Shameless' and 'Little Britain' are going to America, 'Life on Mars' to Spain and 'The Office' to Russia. But British humour doesn't always travel well. Alice Jones reports

Thomas Sutcliffe: Sexist, racist – and absolutely brilliant

Fifty years ago it was cowboys that stood tall in American television. Three out of five Emmy nominations for Best Dramatic Series were cowboy shows and virtually all the top rated series at the time were westerns. These days, if the latest Emmy nominations are any guide, office politics is the new frontier. With Mad Men picking up 16 nominations, 30 Rock scooping 17 and Damages and the American version of The Office also in the running for America's top broadcasting awards, the definition of watercooler television increasingly describes programmes for which the props department have to go out and find a watercooler.

Cable TV shows break through at Emmys

Two new cable TV shows, "Mad Men" and "Damages," claimed Emmy nominations for best drama series on Thursday, marking a turning point in the 60-year-old competition for US television's highest honours.

Stan Winston: Oscar-winning special-effects artist on 'Jurassic Park' and 'Aliens'

Stan Winston was a master make-up and special-effects artist, responsible for some of the most memorable characters in fantasy cinema, notably the liquid metal cyborg assassin of Terminator 2, the enormous dinosaurs of Jurassic Park and the 14-foot alien queen of Aliens. He also created the high-tech armoured suits worn by Robert Downey Jnr in the recent hit Iron Man.

Earle H. Hagen: Composer of film and TV scores

Earle H. Hagen was a trombonist for Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman, and an arranger who worked with Marilyn Monroe, but is best known for scoring around 3,000 episodes of some of the best-loved US television series.

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