Drama series put Brits atop '08 Banff list


British TV producers earned a leading 35 Banff World Television Award nominations Thursday, including four of five available in the series competition.

U.S. producers followed with 22 nominations, with three of those going to Warner Bros. TV's "Big Bang Theory," ABC's "Desperate Housewives" and HBO's "Extras" in the best comedy category.

HBO, a perennial favorite in Banff, grabbed a half-dozen nominations this year, including competition entries for the documentaries "What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann" and "White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki."

Canada was close behind with 21 nominations, while German and Australia also were strong contenders.

The U.K. dominated the best drama series competition, with entries for the BBC's "Life on Mars" and "The Street," Channel 4's "Skins" and ITV's "Time of Your Life" pitted against FX's "Nip/Tuck."

In all, Banff organizers unveiled 100 nominated programs, many of which are international co-productions, from 44 countries.

The Banff World Television Festival is set to run June 8-11 in the ski town in the Canadian Rockies.

A complete list of Banff nominees is available at THR.com.