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International Emmys honor top TV shows outside U.S.

November 25, 1997 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ British productions, including a drama about a prominent politician who switches parties, captured four of the six International Emmy Awards Monday.

Eighteen television shows from seven countries _ Britain, France, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Kazakstan and Poland _ competed for the top prizes, which honor television programs made outside the United States.

In addition to the six main categories awarded, the Nabiian Broadcasting Corp. won a special UNICEF award for its childrens’ program about AIDS.

There were also three special awards. Dieter Stolte, director general of ZDF German Television, was awarded the Directorate Award; Jac Venza, the director of cultural and arts programs at New York’s public television station, WNET, was given the Founders Award and the first annual Peter Ustinov Scriptwriting Award was going to Tatyana Murzakova of Russia for ``Smile of the Kings.″

The International Emmy winners were:

DRAMA: Britain’s BBC 2 and Hat Trick Production for ``Crossing the Floor.″ About a politician who switched parties.

DOCUMENTARY: ``Gerrie and Louise,″ about the relationship between a South African colonel and a journalist investigating the hit squads he ran during apartheid, by Blackstock Pictures, Inc., and Eurasia Motion Pictures Inc., in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

POPULAR ARTS: The Netherlands’ NOS-TROS-Ivo Niehe Productions for ``Libert Zappt ... ,″ a show about a traveling pianist.

ARTS DOCUMENTARY: Britain’s Channel 4 for ``Dancing for Dollars: The Bolshoi in Vegas.″ Traces the famous Soviet troop’s 1996 trip to Las Vegas.

PERFORMING ARTS: ``Enter Achilles,″ a play about fantasy and reality, adapted by BBC and RM Arts and produced by DV8 Films.

CHILDREN-YOUNG PEOPLE: Britain’s Channel 4 for ``Wise Up.″ The show’s ideas are thought up and executed by children and address their concerns.