Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Blackpool takes all at Banff TV Awards

This looks good:

From today's Globe and Mail:

"A stylish British miniseries synthesizing music, gambling and drama took top prize at the Banff Rockie awards on Monday, leading a British invasion that captured nine trophies as the best shows in international television were honoured.

Canada, Japan and the United States each won three international Rockies at the 26th annual awards.

The creative innovation of the miniseries Blackpool, one of six BBC productions honoured Monday, was praised as it picked up the $50,000 Global television grand prize.

“What emerges in this production is nothing less than a new genre of television programming, a major step forward in advancing the kind of quality television that this festival was born to celebrate,” said Fil Fraser, the festival's funding chair and a member of an international judging panel."

From the BBC website:
Blackpool (DVD) (released in the UK - August 2005)

This story of the bright lights and faded grandeur of Britain's famous seaside resort is at once an entertaining musical and a thrilling murder mystery. A darkly comic look at greed, love and family, the story follows the rise and fall of local arcade owner Ripley Holden, a charismatic family man with a dark past, who is now poised to make top dollar - if the city can successfully reinvent itself as the Las Vegas of the Lancashire coast.

As Ripley struggles to keep his chaotic family in check, he hangs on to one hope: that the good life is just around the corner. But he soon finds himself under suspicion and out of control, when the a young man is found dead in his showpiece arcade. Investigating officer Carlisle is determined to get to the truth, no matter what it takes...

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