HBO, Brit nets come up big at Banff

'White Light' Hiroshima docu takes Grand Jury prize

BANFF, Alberta -- The HBO documentary "White Light/Black Rain" grabbed the Grand Jury prize and the best Asian program trophy Monday night as the Banff World Television Awards were handed out.

The Channel 4 teen drama "Skins," which revolves around a group of partying students in Bristol, took the best continuing series trophy, while "Extras," the HBO-BBC sitcom created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, won for best comedy.

"Extras" also earned a Special Jury prize for best entertainment.

Another U.S.-Brit collaboration, BBC-HBO show "Stuart, A Life Backwards," won for best made-for-TV movie and earned a Special Jury award for best drama.

The miniseries award went to "Cranford," from BBC and WGBH Boston.

Other Special Jury winners included ARTE's "Iron Ladies of Liberia," for best documentary, and the HBO film "What Remains: Life and Work of Sally Mann," which won for best feature-length documentary.

The Special Jury prize for overall program was shared by the BBC series "Top Gear" and "51st Birch St.," a U.S.-German co-production for HBO, ZDF and ARTE.
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