Rose plucks British fare

U.K. features dominate TV festival

British content dominated this year’s Rose d’Or TV festival, which wrapped Wednesday, in Lucerne, Switzerland.

U.K. shows swept nearly all the major categories at the event, with Golden Rose kudos going to BBC’s “The Vicar of Dibley” and “Not Going Out” for comedy and sitcom, while S4C’s drama “Con Passionate,” about the members of an all-male choir dealing with their new female conductor, became the first Welsh-language Rose d’Or recipient.”The winners demonstrate a fantastic and diverse field of programming from big-budget productions in the U.K. to small, yet strong and highly creative programs from around the world,” said festival director Urban Frye.

Also winning for the first time was a Croatian format, “The Pyramid,” an interactive game/talk skein that won the Show category.

U.K. comedian Ben Elton, who hosted the ceremony, was awarded the Honorary Rose for his lifetime contribution to the arts. A 19-member jury selected the winners from a record 358 entries this year, 72 of which were nominated for nine main categories.

And the winners are:

Art Documentary: “Young @ Heart” (Walker George Films for Channel 4 Intl.)

Comedy: “The Vicar of Dibley” (Tiger Aspect Prods. for BBC) Performing Arts: “Peter and the Wolf” (Breakthru Films for Channel 4)

Reality: “Secret Millionaire” (RDF Media for Channel 4)

Show: “The Pyramid” (Castor Multimedia for Croatian Television)

Sitcom: “Not Going Out” (Avalon Television for BBC)

Soap: “Con Passionate” (Teledu Apollo for S4C U.K.)

Opera Special Prize: “Man on the Moon” (Tiger Aspect Prods. for Channel 4 Intl.)

Best of 2007 – Special Prize: “Young @ Heart” (Walker George Films for Channel 4 Intl.)

Performing Arts Special Mention: “Car Men” (Nederlandse Programma Stichting, Netherlands)

Soap Special Mention: “Home Affairs,” (Penguin Films for SABC, South Africa)

Opera Special Mention: “Mozart22 – Le Nozze di Figaro” (Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images, Unitel/Classica, Germany)

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