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BBC WINS TWO INTERNATIONAL EMMYS

 NEW YORK, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The British Broadcasting Corporation took center stage at the 21st International Emmy Awards, winning top honors in two of the six award categories. The International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented a total of eight awards, including co-winners.
 "Unnatural Pursuits," a BBC TV Production in association with Arts & Entertainment Network, won in the drama category. Written by Simon Gray and starring Alan Bates, the program will make its U.S. television debut on A&E in January.
 In the popular arts category, "Absolutely Fabulous," a BBC TV production written by and staring Jennifer Saunders, shared honors with "Drop the Dead Donkey," from Channel Four Television (U.K.). "Absolutely Fabulous" is currently available for U.S. distribution through BBC Lionheart Television.
 The BBC also received an unexpected boost from Richard Dunn, chief executive officer of Britain's Thames Television. In accepting the 1993 Founders Award, Mr. Dunn made an emotional plea to the British Government to "provide full funding" for the BBC and allow it to operate without interference.
 Other winners included "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl," from Omega Films GmbH and Nomad Films (Germany/Belgium) (arts documentary); "Concerto!", from Initial Films and Television Ltd. (U.K.) (performing arts); "The Penknife," from NOS/AVRO Bos Bros. (The Netherlands) (children and young people); "Monika and Jonas: The Face of the Informer State," from NHK Japan Broadcasting Corp., and "Disappearing World: We are all Neighbors," from Granada Television Ltd. (U.K.) (co-winners, documentary).
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 /CONTACT: Joseph Kennedy of BBC Lionheart Television, 212-373-4108/


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