Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders

Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley's Absolutely Fabulous comeback has helped land the TV veterans an International Emmy Award nomination for Best Comedy.

British TV shows, including the Ab Fab 20th anniversary specials, scored a total of seven nods when the shortlist was announced on Monday.

Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs will battle for the Best Performance by an Actor trophy for his role in detective drama series Case Histories - he'll be up against Argentina's Dario Grandinetti from Television por la Inclusion, Norway's Stein Winge (Norwegian Cozy), Singapore's Arthur Acuna (The Kitchen Musical) and China's Zhu Yawen (Flying Eagle).

Actress Joanna Vanderham will represent the U.K. in the Best Performance by an Actress category for her turn in The Runaway, opposite Denmark's Sidse Babett Knudsen (Government), China's Rina Sa (Zhong Guo Di) and Argentina's Cristina Banegas (Television por la Inclusion).

Meanwhile, controversial BBC film Terry Pratchett Choosing to Die, which chronicled the author's Alzheimer's Disease battle and his bid to end his life, is in the running for Best Documentary, up against South Korea's Across Land, Across Sea, Argentina's Hitler's Escape and Germany's Wettlauf Zum Sudpol (Race to the South Pole).

The Best Drama Series honor will be a fight between France's Braquo, Hong Kong's ICAC Investigators 2011, Singapore's The Kitchen Musical, Australia's The Slap and Argentina's The Social Leader.

Competing for the Best Comedy Series prize with Absolutely Fabulous will be Brazil's The Invisible Woman, Britain's Spy and Belgium's What If? The winners will be unveiled at the annual prizegiving in New York on 19 November (12).