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Britain Takes 9 International Emmy Nominations

The BBC scored with its spy series ”Spooks” and a best acting nom for Julie Waters.

The British television empire ruled the International Emmy Award nominations announced Monday, with Brazil a distant second and Thailand posting its first-ever mention.

U.K. productions received nine nominations, including a best drama slot for the BBC’s long-running ”Spooks” (MI-5) and a best acting nom for Julie Waters, who played a suicidal patient in the BBC’s ”A Short Stay in Switzerland."

Channel 4’s "The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall" is up against Brazil’s "Maysa — When the Heart Sings" (TV Globo) and two other entries in the movie/miniseries category. The channel’s talent-show spoof ”Peter Kay’s Got the Pop Factor …” is in the field for top comedy.

Brazil garnered five nominations, while the Philippines, Germany and Mexico had three apiece. Thailand’s nomination came in the kids TV category.

Famed British broadcaster David Frost will receive the group’s Founders Award at the 37th International Emmy Awards ceremony in New York on Nov. 23. Markus Sch├Ąchter, director general of Germany’s ZDF, gets the International Emmy Directorate Award. The nominations were announced at the Mipcom television event in Cannes.

The show will be hosted by Graham Norton.

"As interest in our competition builds every year, The Academy is proud to serve as a cultural showcase of television from all continents," Academy President & CEO Bruce Paisner said in a statement.

Read the complete list of International Emmy nominees.