Twenty Twenty has been awarded not one, but two International Emmy Awards. The company brought home two of the five British wins at the ceremony which was held in New York last night.
The World's Strictest Parents won the Emmy for non-scripted entertainment, and Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne won in the arts programming category.
Now in its fourth series, The World’s Strictest Parents is the show that takes some of Britain’s most obnoxious, materialistic, drug using, education shunning, drink fuelled hedonistic British teenagers abroad, to give them a dose of good old fashioned, traditional parenting. Airing on BBC Three, the format follows two teens each week as they leave their own fraught family lives to spend 10 days living under the rules and roofs of some of the ‘World’s Strictest Parents’. From Jaipur to Jamaica and Accra to Alabama, discontented Brits have met head on with the daily discipline, educational values and moral principles of parents who believe that enforcing their beliefs and discipline is the best way to raise a well balanced child. Adapting to a new life style isn’t easy but as the week unfolds, living with firm rules and enforced consequences produces genuine emotional journeys and personal turnarounds in these kids’ behaviours.
Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne was part of Opera on the BBC. Choirmaster Gareth Malone was given the task of finding 50 teenagers from across East Sussex, to sing on the main stage of one of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, Glyndebourne. Gareth was asked to be the chorus master of a brand new opera Knight Crew, written by composer Julian Philips, based on a novel by author Nicky Singer. With the urban retelling of the King Arthur legend, it was Gareth’s mission to go deep into the local community, to find teenagers to sing in his chorus who may have never heard an opera. He wanted to find teenagers with the right edge and life experience. Over two months Gareth auditioned 450 teens, whittling them down to a final 100 who had to sing solo in front of a Glyndebourne panel. With just six months to spare, the final 50 chorus members were chosen and had to cope with the demands of learning a two hour opera and performing it onstage at Glyndebourne.
Forty nominees from a record 20 countries competed in 10 categories for International Emmys, honouring excellence in television programming outside the U.S.