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'Little Britain' big at Rose d'Or

LUCERNE, Switzerland — Edgy British sketch show “Little Britain” had the last laugh at the Rose d’Or Festival here, where it nabbed the comedy trophy.

David Walliams and Matt Lucas, the BBC skein’s creators and main performers, took home the Rose d’Or Award for male comedy performance.

Of the 20-odd awards doled out at the fest, which wrapped Sunday, U.K. shows or acts pocketed almost half. But it was also a good night for German producers.

The U.S. scored a total of four gongs at the annual entertainment bash.

Lesley-Anne Down won the Rose d’Or for soap actress for CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Herb Granath, chairman emeritus of ESPN, received an honorary Rose d’Or for his industry achievements.

The Rose d’Or social awareness award, for shows that have done the most to highlight issues involving AIDS/HIV, went to Sesame Workshop for “Takalani Sesame Presents ‘Talk to Me.’ ”

Mark Burnett’s international hit “The Apprentice” won the FRAPA reality format award.

British minority web Channel 4 scored the reality show prize with “Supernanny.”

Other gongs for U.K fare included Pippa Haywood from Channel 4’s cult comedy “Green Wing,” for female comedy performance, and sitcom thesps Zoe Wanamaker for BBC1’s “My Family” and Peter Kay for C4’s “Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere.”

The Beeb triumphed in the sitcom category with cult show “Nighty Night,” while BBC1’s breakout hit “Strictly Come Dancing” waltzed away with the Rose d’Or for variety show.

Gameshow host trophy went to Thomas Gottschalk for Germany’s long running “Wetten Dass?”

The press prize went to German comedy skein “Schillerstrasse,” produced by Hurricane Fernseh Prods.

Germany also won the soap award with ZDF’s “Verbotene Liebe.”

In the arts categories, BBC3’s “Flashmob — The Opera” was named best music program, while “The Cost of Living,” from DV8 Films and aired by Blighty’s C4, took the arts and specials category.

The Rose d’Or charity award went to rocker-turned-antipoverty campaigner Bob Geldof, commemorating the 20th anniversary of Live Aid.

Other winners: Soap actor: Pat Nolan for “Fair City” (RTE)

Gameshow: “Test the Nation” (BBC)

Pilot award: “Dinner Dating” (First Entertainment, Germany)

Paper format award: “Day Care Dilemma” (SBS Scandinavia)

FRAPA Format Awards: gameshow format: “Test the Nation” (Eyeworks NL); reality format: “The Apprentice” (Mark Burnett Prods., U.S.), scripted format: “Ladykracher” (Brainpool, Germany).

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