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Small Island wins big at International Emmys

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 38th International Emmy® Awards at a Gala event on 23rd November, held at the New York Hilton, hosted by actor Jason Priestley.

SMALL ISLAND, a Ruby Television production in association with AL Films/ Northern Ireland Screen for BBC, co-produced with WGBH Boston, won the best TV Movie/Mini Series category.

Adapted from Andrea Levy's best-selling award-winning novel Small Island is an epic love story about the determined pursuit of dreams in the face of seemingly insurmountable barriers. Small Island filmed in Northern Ireland in 2009.

Set against the backdrop of the Second World War in a time when landlords would put up signs that read "No Irish, no coloureds, no dogs", Small Island follows the interlocking lives of Londoner Queenie, the young Jamaican couple who become her lodgers, Gilbert and Hortense, Queenie's husband Bernard and the mysterious and handsome Michael.

Small Island shot on location in Belfast, Portaferry and in Northern Ireland’s studio facility the Paint Hall, transforming parts of Northern Ireland into post war London. Small Island received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The cast of Small Island includes Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean), David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland), Ruth Wilson (Jane Eyre), Benedict Cumberbatch (Starter For Ten), Nikki Amuka-Bird (The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Survivors) and Ashley Walters (Hustle).

Small Island is written by Paula Milne (The Virgin Queen) and Sarah Williams (Becoming Jane, The Secret Life Of Mrs Beeton) and directed by John Alexander (Life On Mars, Survivors)

Small Island previously picked up RTS and BAFTA TV Craft Awards.

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