France’s TV movie London River was the big winner at Tuesday night’s Banff World Television Awards. The movie tells the story of two lives who intersect hours after London’s first suicide bombing.  The win for the film was bittersweet since it’s co-star Sotigui Kouyate, passed away just two months ago.  During the awards, they showed several clips of the powerful movie, so although I haven’t seen the whole thing, it was easy to see why it won Best Drama and The Grand Jury Prize.

Here is the list of all the winners:


  • Sir Peter Ustinov Award for Comedy: Ricky Gervais
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: William Shatner

  • NBC Universal Canada Award of Distinction: Eric McCormack


  • Best Drama: London River, 3B Productions in association with ARTE France, ARTE France – France
  • Best Kids + Animation : Le Printemps de Melie/ Molly in Springtime, National Film Board of Canada in association with Folimage, PIWI, Divertissement Subsequence Inc – Canada
  • Best Francophone: Aveux, Productions Pixcom inc., Radio-Canada – Canada
  • Best Green Program: Bang Goes The Theory: The Human Power Station, Dragonfly Film and Television Productions, BBC – United Kingdom
  • Best Canadian Program: 65 Red Roses Force Four Entertainment in association wtih CBC News Network, Knowledge  CBC (The Passionate Eye) – Canada
  • Best Entertainment: Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra, Glassbox Productions, BBC – United Kingdom
  • Best Documentary: Life, BBC in association with Discovery/SKAI/Open University, RTI Spa – BBC1 – United Kingdom
  • Grand Jury Prize: London River, 3B Productions in association with ARTE France, ARTE France – France


  • Green Grand Prize: Louie Psihoyos, Oscar Winner and director of The Cove.

Watch the trailer for London River:

Mike Morrison


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