'Levees' tops Banff TV awards


BANFF, Alberta -- Spike Lee's "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" earned top honors Monday at the 28th annual Banff World Television Awards.

The HBO documentary about race and class divides spawned by Hurricane Katrina earned the Grand Prize as Banff honored the best in international TV programming.

"This genuinely seminal work will leave a creative -- and political -- legacy for years to come," said Slawko Klymkiw, chairman of the Banff international jury.

Lee's portrait of an embattled New Orleans also picked up the best social and political documentary prize in Banff.

As in past years, the 2007 Banff World Television Awards competition turned into a shootout between U.S. and British producers.

NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" from Warner Bros. Television earned the trophy for best continuing series, while the best comedy award went to British sitcom "The Vicar of Dibley: The Handsome Stranger" from Tiger Aspect Prods.

Other award winners included the Channel 4 telefilm "Death of a President," a fictional account of the assassination of President Bush, which grabbed the best TV movie prize; while the U.K.'s "See No Evil: The Moors Murders," came away with the best miniseries prize.

In all, 800 TV shows from 38 countries competed for trophies handed out in 20 categories.

The Banff World Television Festival continues through Wednesday.

A complete list of winners follows:

Animation Program: "The Wrong Trainers," BBC, U.K.

Arts Documentary: "Knowledge Is the Beginning," EuroArts Music International, Germany

Children's Program: "Jackanory: The Magician of Samarkand," BBC, U.K.

Comedy: "The Vicar of Dibley: The Handsome Stranger," Tiger Aspect Prods., U.K.

Continuing Series: "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," Shoe Money Prods., U.S.

Family & Youth Program: "Heartlines: The Good Provider," Curious Pictures, South Africa

Feature Length Documentary: "Welcome Europa," Son et Lumiere, France
History & Biography Program: "Battle of Chernobyl," Discovery Networks International, U.S.

Information & Current Affair Program: "Die Story: It's time ... to Die in Huntsville," Convoi-Film, Germany

Interactive Program: "Fallen Alternate Reality Game," ABC Family, U.S.

Internet Only Production: "Darfur Is Dying," mtvU, U.S.

Mobile Program: "Shorts in Motion: The Art of Seduction," marblemedia/The National Film Board of Canada, Canada

Lifestyle Program: "Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie: China," WGBH Educational Foundation, U.S.

Made-for-TV Movie: "Death of a President," Channel 4, U.K.

Miniseries: "See No Evil: The Moors Murders," ITV Prods., U.K.

Performance Program: "False Waltz," Orkater, the Netherlands

Popular Science & Natural History Program: "Animals in the Womb," Pioneer Prods., the Incubator and Fox Television Studios for Channel 4, U.S., U.K.

Reality Format Program: "The Prison Choir," TVE, Spain

Social & Political Documentaries: "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," HBO Documentary Films, U.S.

Telenovela & Drama Serial Program: "Eastenders," BBC Drama Prods., U.K.