Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror and Terry Pratchett’s Choosing to Die win International Emmys

Channel 4's dark satirical drama series and BBC2's powerful documentary about assisted suicide took home awards at the annual US event


Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker’s series of satirical musings on the future of media and technology, has won this year’s International Emmy in the best TV movie/minseries category, while Terry Pratchett’s Choosing to Die, about assisted suicide, has been named best documentary at the annual awards.


Brooker’s Channel 4 series presented viewers with three comedic, yet disturbing, scenarios set in the not-too-distant future, including a talent show format taken to its logical conclusion and a tale in which a cyber-terrorist forces the British Prime Minister to perform an unspeakable act with a pig.

On a more serious note, Pratchett’s powerful BBC2 documentary followed patients at Switzerland’s Dignitas clinic, who had chosen to end their lives through assisted suicide, and was prompted by the author’s own diagnosis with Alzheimer’s. Last night’s award follows a win for best single documentary at this year’s Baftas.

Taking place each November at the Hilton Hotel in New York, the International Emmys presents awards for programmes produced outside the United States. In previous years, British productions have dominated but this year the nine category winners came from six countries, also including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France and Germany.


Meanwhile, special 40th Anniversary Honorary International Emmy Founders awards went to US television writer and producer Norman Lear and M*A*S*H star Alan Alda, while Ryan Murphy, creator of American Horror Story and Glee, received a 2012 International Emmy Founders award.