'Daisies' comes up roses


ABC's "Pushing Daisies" blossomed at the 21st annual Reims International TV Festival, taking the prize for best series as the five-day event wrapped in the northern French town Sunday.

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, the first two episodes of the series about a pie-maker with the ability to bring the dead back to life won over a jury led by director-screenwriter-playwright Nina Companeez.

The series also captured the hearts of a special public jury, which gave the series the TeleObs.com prize for best series. "Daisies" is set to air on French pay TV network Canal Plus in the coming months.

Marc Munden's Iraq war drama "The Mark of Cain," broadcast on the U.K.'s Channel 4, was awarded the Claude Santelli prize for best telefilm. The film's stars, Gerard Kearns and Matthew McNulty, shared the best actor prize for their roles in the critically acclaimed telefilm, while director Munden was given a special Groupe 25 Images prize.

Yuan Zhibo was named best actress for her role in the Chinese telefilm "Wait for the Birth of the Husband," from CCTV-6.

The SACD Prize for best screenplay went to Magnus Fiennes for the BBC's "Five Days."

The public jury's TeleObs.com telefilm prize went to David Attwood's "Stuart: A Life Backwards," which aired on the U.K.'s BBC2.

"Stuart" also shared French movie network and Canal Plus subsidiary CineCinema Culte's top nod for best telefilm with Khalo Matabane's "When We Were Black," from South African network SABC.