BBC shows win big at non-fiction Rockies

Kudos go to 'Van Gogh,' 'Forgotten Children'

BBC shows won the lion’s share of 14 non-fiction Rockies handed out Monday night at the Banff World Media Festival.

BBC winners included “Vincent Van Gogh Painted With Words” (best arts and performing program), “Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children” (investigative and current affairs) and episodes of “Wonders of the Solar System” (popular science and technology) and “Human Planet” (wildlife and natural history).

HBO’s “Sergio” (produced with BBC Storyville and others), Greg Barker’s docu about the late U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello, won best history and biography program.

An episode of “Architects of Change” (for RDI, TFO, TV5 Monde, Ushaia TV and TV8 Mont-Blanc) nabbed best environmental program; “Remote Control War” (for Canadian pubcaster CBC’s Doc Zone) nabbed best political docu, and “Living the End” (SBS) best social and humanitarian docu.

An episode of “Heston’s Feast,” which aired on the U.K.’s Channel 4, won best lifestyle and info program, while CBC’s “Dragon’s Den” won best reality program.

MTV’s “World of Jenks” nabbed docu-style reality program, HBO’s “A Family is a Family is a Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration” was named best children’s program and the “TeenNick Halo Awards 2010” the top youth program.

“Tchernobyl, une histoire naturelle?” (ARTE France) won best Francophone docu.

The Banff fest also announced the winners of its Intl. Pilots Competition, which were selected by juries. The Grand Prize went to “Peter Piper and the Plane People” (Studio Pascal Blais).

Other pilot winners include inMotion’s “Shoot to Thrill” (docu), Tech You Media’s “La Fontaine” (drama). Magee TV’s “Night Chef” (entertainment) and “Peter Piper” (youth and children’s). The winners are all produced by Canadian companies.

The Banff World Media Festival’s awards program continues Tuesday night with the Gala Awards.

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