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Flying the British flag: success at the star-studded Emmys for BBC drama

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Heidi Klum's huge baby bump, red carpet hits and misses, and Ricky Gervais' cheeky gags – there was no shortage of talking points at this year's Emmy Awards.

Among them was the success of one of the surprise winners on the night - British entry Little Dorrit. 

The BBC's serial adaptation of the Charles Dickens' novel scooped the most awards of the evening, winning an impressive seven categories.

The costume drama, which was honoured with the best mini series trophy, was not the only Anglo influence on the night.

Cat Deeley, glowing in a Grecian gown, and The Office star Ricky Gervais were among those presenting awards. And the Reading-born actor could not let the opportunity of getting up onstage pass by without poking fun at his peers.

Calling the Emmys his favourite awards show, Ricky said: "The thing about Oscars and the Golden Globes is they've got film stars there," he said. "With their jaw lines and chiselled looks, making me feel bad. But in this room, I'm probably above average," he told the audience which included Tom Hanks, Justin Timberlake and Drew Barrymore. Other winners included Mad Men, a period show about the advertising industry, which was awarded the gong for best TV drama for the second year running.

30 Rock, starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin - named best lead actor in a comedy series - picked up its third best comedy award.

Glenn Close took home the lead actress in a drama series gong for her part in Damages, and the best actor award was presented to Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad.