31st International Emmy Awards

31st International Emmy Awards
  • November 24, 2003 (2003-11-24)
LocationNew York Hilton Hotel
New York City, New York, U.S.
Hosted byBob Costas
Founders AwardHBO

The 31st International Emmy Awards took place on November 24, 2003, at the Hilton Hotel in New York City, United States. The ceremony was hosted by Bob Costas.[1]


The nominees for the 31st International Emmy Awards were announced by International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, on October 10, 2003, at a press conference at MIPCOM in Cannes. The United Kingdom led the list of nominees the 31st edition of the International Emmy Awards with 10 nominees, followed by Germany with 5 nominations. Japan pocketed two, the BBC was the broadcaster with the largest number of indicated programs, six in total.

The BBC was the big winner of the night taking home three awards, including the Children & Young People Award for Legend of the Lost Tribe. The project was a co-production between BBC Bristol and Comic Relief. The Kumars at No. 42 won the best popular arts award, while Arena: The Life and Times of Count Luchino Visconti took best arts programme.[2]

The evening was highlighted by a program from Denmark being honored for the second year in a row in the Drama Series category -- Nikolaj og Julie from DR1. Additionally, programs from Germany were awarded in two categories. Colonia Media Filmproduktion GmbH's Mein Vater captured the TV Movies/Mini-Series category and Das Leben geht weiter took the Documentary category for Starcrest Media GmbH.[3]

Channel 4's Without Prejudice won the popular arts category. The Channel 4 had already been handed the news coverage Emmy for The Fall of Saddam at a National Television Academy news and documentary ceremony in September.[4]

Bob Costas and Sarah Jessica Parker were invited by the International Academy to present the 31st edition gala. Parker presented the International Emmy Founders Award to HBO, for its innovative programming, Greg Dyke - BBC director general - received the International Emmy Directorate Award, for outstanding services to broadcasting.


Arts Programming

Winner Country Network Result
Arena  United Kingdom BBC Won
Visions of Space  United Kingdom BBC Nominated
Viaje al centro de la música  Chile Canal 13 Nominated
Living Architecture: The Work of Tadao Ando  Japan NHK Nominated

Children & Young People

Winner Country Network Result
Legend of the Lost Tribe  United Kingdom BBC Won
The Little Polar Bear: The Big Harbour  Germany Westdeutscher Rundfunk Nominated
Det brinner!  Sweden SVT Nominated
An Angel for May  United Kingdom Portman Film / Guerilla Films / Allumination FilmWorks Nominated


Winner Country Network Result
The Kumars at No. 42  United Kingdom BBC Won
Alt und durchgeknallt  Germany Brainpool TV Nominated
The Perfect Manual  Japan TV Asahi Nominated
Lenny Henry in Pieces  United Kingdom BBC Nominated


Winner Country Network Result
Das Leben geht weiter  Germany GmbH Won
Stalingrad  Germany ZDF Nominated
Avenging Terror  United Kingdom Channel 4 Nominated
The Last Peasants  United Kingdom Channel 4 Nominated

Drama Series

Winner Country Network Result
Nikolaj og Julie  Denmark DR1 Won
Cuéntame cómo pasó  Spain Televisión Española Nominated
MDA  Australia Australian Broadcasting Corporation Nominated
Waking the Dead  United Kingdom BBC Nominated

Non-Scripted Entertainment

Winner Country Network Result
Without Prejudice?  United Kingdom Channel 4 Won
Caiga Quien Caiga  Argentina Cuatro Cabezas Nominated
Home on Their Own  United Kingdom ITV Nominated
Me lo dices o me lo cuentas  Spain Telemadrid Nominated

TV Movie/Mini-Series

Winner Country Network Result
Mein Vater  Germany Westdeutscher Rundfunk Won
Ramona  Sweden SVT Nominated
Jean Moulin – A Hero’s Destiny  France TF1 Nominated


  1. ^ "Bob Costas to host 31st International Emmy Awards". indiantelevision.com/. 17 September 2003. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "BBC wins at Emmys". broadcastnow.com/. November 27, 2003.
  3. ^ "Robbie the Reindeer Nabs International Emmy Award". awn.com. November 25, 2003.
  4. ^ "Dyke attacks US war coverage". The Guardian. November 25, 2003.

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