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'Deutschland 83' aired in the U.S. on SundanceTV. (Photo: RTL)

If the Emmy Awards honor excellence in TV, then the International Emmys prove it extends well beyond our borders.

Hosted by The Good Wife star Alan Cumming, the award show held last night (November 21) in New York saw a total of 40 nominees from 15 countries compete in 10 categories for an International Emmy.

German thriller Deutschland 83, recently renewed for a second season by SundanceTV and Amazon, took home the trophy for best drama, while the U.K.’s Capital starring Toby Jones won the prize for best TV movie or miniseries.

Hoff the Record, a mockumentary-style series that sees former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff playing a fictionalized version of himself as he moves to the U.K. to get his career back on track, scored best comedy. Telemundo’s Francisco, El Jesuita won for U.S. non-English program.

Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman also received an award for his role in the recent BBC adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s Esio Trot narrated by James Corden. His co-star Dame Judi Dench missed out on a gong, however, when Christiane Paul was named Best Actress instead for her role in German drama Unterm Radar (Under the Radar).

Meanwhile Shonda Rhimes, the creator of hit shows like Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, and producer of How To Get Away With Murder, was presented with an honorary International Emmy.

Above all, the ceremony demonstrated how rich and diverse storytelling from around the world is. “Only 10 years ago it would have been very rare to see French dramas, German dramas or even the quantity of U.S. dramas that we have today. The world feels like a smaller place,” Capital producer Derek Wax recently told The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s a huge sense of what’s possible, particularly in terms of the scale and ambition of storytelling.”

Not only that, but a few months back we pointed out how the best of the world’s TV is now at our fingertips thanks to online streaming. So why not add some of these shows to your viewing list?

Deadline has the complete list of winners.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.