IT’S been a good 24 hours for British TV drama.
First came news that the opening episode of Cranford had been watched by no fewer than eight million viewers, beating I’m A Celebrity.
Then, in the early hours of today, another BBC1 drama hit the headlines.
The Street – filmed in Salford and Manchester – scooped two International Emmy Awards in New York.
That’s executive producer Sita Williams pictured picking up the best drama series award.
Jim Broadbent, who played warehouse foreman Stan (pictured below), was voted best actor.
As you can read in later editions of today’s MEN, it was a night of triumph for British TV, with seven wins from eight nominations.
The online version of the story is here.
A second series of The Street is currently being screened every Thursday night.
Those who saw Jim’s episode as Stan last year won’t be surprised at today’s award.
He was forced into retirement from his beloved job three weeks short of his 65th birthday and then discovered his pension was worthless.
Co-starring Sue Johnston as long-suffering wife Brenda, Stan was told the only way a lump sum payment could be made was if he died.
So deciding he was surplus to requirements, he resolved to kill himself.
It was a bittersweet story with several twists and turns, and one of the best things on TV in 2006.
Jim said at the time: “The script was just so funny, so moving, but entertaining.”
Six weeks later he was filming the role of Lord Longford for the acclaimed Channel 4 drama Longford.
Several media outlets are reporting that six of the seven British Emmy winners are BBC productions.
But that’s not strictly correct.
In the strange world of TV, The Street is actually made for the BBC by ITV Productions.
Sita works for them, not the BBC.
So congratulations are also due to the ITV Granada team in Manchester.
Double Emmy Win For The Street
The Street Series One
The Street Series Two
Right Up Our Street
Street Leveller For Timothy
Twin Peak For Actor David