U.K. shows land 7 Emmy nominations

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U.K. shows land 7 Emmy nominations

British television productions received a leading seven International Emmy nominations Monday, including best actor and actress nods for Jason Isaacs in “Case Histories’’ and newcomer Joanna Vanderham in “The Runaway.’’ Isaacs, best known for playing the villainous Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, was nominated for his role in the series based on Kate Atkinson’s crime mystery novels in which he portrays Jackson Brodie, an Edinburgh-based, tough-but-empathetic private detective with a tragic past.

Vanderham, who was plucked out of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to make her professional debut in “The Runaway,’’ plays a young girl who grows up on the streets of London’s sleazy Soho district in the ’60s and ’70s and has a doomed romance with a childhood sweetheart.

Britain had two nominees for best comedy: the Jennifer Saunders-Joanna Lumley sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous,’’ which returned for three specials to mark its 20th anniversary, and “Spy,’’ about a single father accidentally recruited as a trainee spy for MI5.

The other British nominees included “Queen: Days of Our Lives’’ (arts programming), “Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die’’ (documentary) and “Black Mirror’’ (TV movie/mini-series).

Brazil had five nominations, all for TV Globo productions, including “The Good Men’’ for TV movie/mini-series and “The Invisible Woman’’ for comedy. 

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