Gervais smells like a Rose

'Extras' takes sitcom award

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British comedy wunderkind Ricky Gervais, recently depicted in a much-hyped episode of “The Simpsons,” pocketed two Golden Rose gongs at the Rose d’Or festival in Switzerland that wrapped over the weekend.

“Extras,” Gervais’ U.K. follow-up to “The Office,” scooped the sitcom award. In addition, he was handed an honorary Rose d’Or for “his exceptional contribution to the entertainment industry” at a glitzy closing ceremony held in the mountainside resort.

His co-star in “Extras,” British thesp Ashley Jensen, won the award for sitcom actress.

Soap actor nod went to Jack Wagner for U.S. sudser “The Bold and the Beautiful” (Bell-Phillip Television Prods.), while soap actress went to Alexandra Neldel for “Verliebt in Berlin” (Grundy UFA TV Prods. for Sat 1).

U.S. reality show “The Apprentice” scored the reality gong. Music program kudos went to “Gospel in Paradiso” (Palm Plus and Ikon), while “Girl in a Mirror” (Toi-Toi Films for ABC TV) won in the arts and special category.

Fuji Television received the charity award for corporate philanthropy in recognition of 33 years of fund-raising. Unicef U.K. president and film producer David Puttnam presented the award.

And the winners are…

Performance categories:
Gameshow host: Stephen Fry, “QI” (TalkbackThames for BBC)
Female comedy performance: Jo Joyner, “Swinging” (Money Kingdom for Five)
Male comedy performance: Chris Lilley, “The Nominees” (Princess Pictures for ABC)
Soap actor: Jack Wagner, “The Bold & the Beautiful” (Bell-Phillip Television Prods.)
Soap actress: Alexandra Neldel, “Verliebt in Berlin” (Grundy UFA TV Prods. for Sat 1)
Sitcom actor and Rose d’Or press prize: Bastian Pastewk, “Pastewka” (Brainpool TV for Sat 1)
Sitcom actress: Ashley Jensen, “Extras” (BBC)

Program categories:
Reality show: “The Apprentice” (Mark Burnett Prods./TalkbackThames for BBC)
Comedy: “Look Around You” (BBC)
Music program: “Gospel in Paradiso” (Palm Plus and Ikon)
Arts and special: “Girl in a Mirror” (Toi-Toi Films for ABC TV)
Soap: “Verliebt in Berlin” (Grundy UFA TV for Sat 1)
Variety program: “The Friday Night Project: Billie Piper” (Princess Prods. for Channel 4)
Gameshow: “Deal or No Deal” (Endemol U.K. for Channel 4)
Rose d’Or social awareness award: “Paradise Lost” (TV2 Norway)
Rose d’Or pilot award: “Alex FM” (MementoFilm Berlin)
Frapa reality format award: “The Biggest Loser” (Reveille Prods.)
Frapa gameshow format award:
“Deal or No Deal” (Endemol NV)
Frapa scripted format award: “The Nanny” (Sony Pictures Television)

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