6 items from 2013
The star-studded awards ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum was attended by the likes of Dallas stars Linda Gray, Brenda Strong and Patrick Duffy, Glee's Kevin McHale, Chuck Lorre, Arrow's Stephen Amell and Giancarlo Esposito.
Laurent Puons, CEO of the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo, said: "Our event in 2013 has been exceptional - beginning with a great Opening Ceremony during which Donald Sutherland was presented with the first ever Crystal Nymph Award by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.
"We have been very privileged to have such a strong line-up of jury members who have dedicated a great deal of time this week to screening many of the world's top shows. The winners they »
The Monte-Carlo Television Festival wrapped in Monaco tonight with the Golden Nymph Awards handed out at the Grimaldi Forum. Hungarian coming-of-age TV movie Aglaja, directed by Krisztina Deák, was the big winner with four prizes. Breaking Bad, Modern Family, Borgen and Fresh Meat were also singled out. The festival has been attracting an increasing number of high-profile talent to the principality with cast members and execs in attendance this year from such shows as The Big Bang Theory, Breaking Bad, Crossing Lines, Dallas, Grimm, Hatfields & McCoys, Once Upon A Time, Revenge, Revolution and Scandal. Donald Sutherland received a Crystal Nymph Award earlier this week. Below is the full list of tonight’s winners for excellence in international television: TV Movies Best Television Film Aglaja M-rtl Zrt, Hungary Outstanding Director Krisztina Deák, Aglaja M-rtl Zrt, Hungary Outstanding Actor Arsher Ali, Complicit Many Rivers Films, UK Outstanding Actress Eszter Ónodi, Aglaja M-rtl Zrt, »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Spain’s “Letter to Eva” took the miniseries award, and the show’s Julieta Cardinali was named top actress in a miniseries. The drama, which airs on Tve, centers on a visit to Franco’s Spain by Eva Peron and her attempts to save the life of communist Dona Juana, who had been condemned to death.
The miniseries actor honor went to Ivan Trojan for HBO’s “Burning Bush,” about the »
- Leo Barraclough
Complicit (C4) | 4oD
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By the usual rules of thumb, Channel 4's one-off spy drama Complicit was quite the anti-thriller, stripped of visceral excitement and boasting no graphic violence or scenes of a glamorous nature. No one died; there was no squealing of brakes or burning buildings; no one pointed a gun at anyone or had sex in the kitchen. It was determinedly not Spooks or Homeland.
But nor did it need to be, having reserves enough in character, mood and performance to go the distance, not to mention some forceful writing from Guy Hibbert, whose slow-burning story of a black, middle-ranking MI5 officer following a British Muslim terror suspect to Cairo had us readjusting »
- Phil Hogan
Complicit on 4oD
Flight of the Rhino on iPlayer
I think I know how Edward Ekubo in Complicit (Channel 4, Sunday) feels. We're both brilliant, talented, dedicated and passionate about our work – for the Guardian and for MI5. But we're being held back, professionally, because of our backgrounds. We went to the wrong universities – Newcastle and Warwick (one of us didn't even finish), instead of bloody Oxford or Cambridge. So we're constantly being overtaken by twerps with side-partings being fast-tracked to glamorous high-powered management positions or to head up exciting overseas bureaux. While we sit, forgotten, in small dark rooms watching TV. Made in Chelsea in my case, CCTV footage of terrorism suspect Waleed Ahmed in Edward's, but what's the difference, it's just crazy folks, on a screen.
Edward is convinced Waleed Ahmed is »
- Sam Wollaston
Directed by Chris Morris
At face value, the idea of a black comedy following the efforts of a group of second generation Muslims in modern Britain taking up Jihadism and suicide bombing doesn’t exactly sound tasteful or well judged, let alone a gold mine for potential gags. But one underestimates Chris Morris’ incredible but ulnar nerve smashing sense of humor if they think his debut feature film would be anything other than horribly funny while somehow making a very serious point, a poignant message hidden within the bowels of farce and politically incorrect high jinks. Always controversial, Morris had been in the shadow zone of public consciousness for the better part of a decade since the public outcry at his genius satire Brass Eye boiling up further acid as follow up to widely acclaimed news parody The Day Today. »
- Scott Patterson
6 items from 2013
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