Pratchett and Brooker scoop Emmys

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Terry Pratchett's documentary about assisted suicide won an International Emmy Terry Pratchett's documentary about assisted suicide won an International Emmy

Author Terry Pratchett's investigation into assisted suicide and a satirical look at technology have won International Emmy awards for Britain.

Terry's Choosing To Die, in the documentary category of the awards, handed out in New York, followed the author after his Alzheimer's diagnosis as he travelled to Swiss clinic Dignitas for a first-hand look at assisted suicide methods.

Channel 4's Black Mirror, created by Charlie Brooker, a suspenseful and satirical look at the unease created by modern technology, won an Emmy in the TV movie/mini-series category.

Unlike previous years when Britain dominated the awards, honouring excellence in television production outside the US, the winners in the nine categories this year spanned six countries - Argentina, Brazil, Britain, Australia, France and Germany.

Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy paid tribute at the awards to TV veterans Norman Lear and Alan Alda, whose cutting-edge, socially-conscious shows in the 1970s changed the face of television.

He closed the awards ceremony by delivering a moving tribute to Norman, now 90, and M*A*S*H star Alan as he presented them with the 40th Anniversary Special Founders Award.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences marked the milestone anniversary by presenting special awards honouring a producer and performer who had groundbreaking shows on TV in 1972 when the International Emmys were first presented.

Ryan was honoured midway through the awards ceremony hosted by Regis Philbin at the Hilton New York Hotel. Jessica Lange, the star of his contemporary gothic TV series American Horror Story, presented him with the honorary 2012 International Emmy Founders Award.

The writer, director and producer whose credits also include Nip/Tuck and Popular, was recognised for the impact his shows have had in recognising diversity and encouraging people to become more inclusive.

With Glee, he also essentially created a novel TV format mixing music with drama/comedy.

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