Rose d'Or

The Rose d'Or (Golden Rose) is an international awards festival in entertainment broadcasting and programming. Eurovision first acquired the Rose d’Or in 1961, when it was created by Swiss Television in the lakeside city of Montreux. The awards stayed with Eurovision for almost 40 years. Eurovision re-acquired the awards in 2013 and successfully re-launched the event that year in Brussels.

In 2014 the event took place on 17 September in Berlin, Germany. For the first time in its 53-year history, the competition categories were extended to include radio and online video programmes in addition to the traditional focus on television. Producers, executives from independent and public service broadcasters and heads of production companies from several countries took part. The Rose d'Or rewards originality, quality and creativity and sets the gold standard of excellence in entertainment programming.


There are six Award categories for television and online video:

  1. Comedy (non-scripted and scripted comedy shows excluding sitcoms, but including sketches, panel, improvisation, clips, comedy specials and stand-up routines.)
  2. Sitcom (scripted situational comedy shows involving regular characters in various everyday situations, in a limited number of sets. A main plot is to be resolved within an episode.)
  3. Game Show (studio or location-based shows which, through a range of physical or mental challenges, culminate in winners and losers. This category includes quizzes, panel games, reality programmes, and puzzle-based shows.)
  4. Reality and Factual Entertainment (programmes in which a situation or topic is treated through real-life characters or actors (reenactment) or programmes which follow real-life characters.)
  5. Arts (programmes featuring stage recordings and television adaptations of performing arts, or documentaries dedicated to art forms or artists.)
  6. Entertainment (variety and event show programmes, single or continuing episodes which showcase performing talent.)

There are three radio Award categories:

  1. Comedy (non-scripted and scripted comedy shows excluding sitcoms, but including sketches, panel, improvisation, clips, comedy specials and stand-up routines.)
  2. Reality and Factual Entertainment (programmes in which a situation or topic is treated through real-life characters or actors (reenactment) or programmes which follow real-life characters.)
  3. Entertainment (variety and event show programmes, single or continuing episodes which showcase performing talent.)


The festival was founded by Marcel Bezençon, who was inspired by the need of what was then a small group of international colleagues to find programmes to fill their summer schedules. He had the idea that Switzerland could produce an entertainment programme, which could then be swapped with programmes from other national broadcasters. The festival was held in the spring to have programmes ready for broadcast in the summer, and the Golden Rose awards established as an extra incentive. As the festival grew, programme swaps ceased to be viable and the innovative concept of the Film Kiosk was born. This idea – widely copied since then – rapidly turned the Rose d'Or into one of the world's most important entertainment programme markets. The awards became an important part of European television culture, and Golden Rose winners usually receive much prestige and publicity in their home countries.

Golden Rose winners


Category Winner Television network Country
Arts & Specials Amelia Rhombus Canada
Comedy Creature Comforts Aardman Animations / ITV UK
Game Show My New Best Friend Tiger Aspect UK
MusicOne Bullet LeftSF DRSSwitzerland
Reality ShowWife SwapChannel 4UK
SitcomPeep ShowChannel 4UK
SoapSaint Tropez (Sous le soleil)MarathonFrance
Variety Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Granada TelevisionUK
Press PrizeLittle BritainBBCUK
Paper formatFrom Rust to RichesTeam GryttjomSweden
Pilot awardFur TVMTVUK
Charity awardPeter UstinovUK
Honorary RoseJohn de MolNetherlands
Best performances:
ComedyF: Anke Engelke in LadykracherBrainpool / Sat.1Germany
M: Harry Hill in Harry Hill's TV BurpAvalonUK
SitcomF: Felicitas Woll in Berlin, BerlinStudio HamburgGermany
M: Martin Freeman in HardwareTalkback ThamesUK
SoapF: Bénédicte Delmas in Sous le soleilMarathonFrance
M: Shane Richie in EastEndersBBCUK
Game showAnthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly
in Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Granada TelevisionUK


Category Winner Television network Country
Arts & Specials The Cost Of Living DV8 Films
Comedy Little Britain BBC UK
Game Show Test the Nation Talent TV / BBC UK
MusicFlashmob – The OperaBBCUK
Reality ShowSupernannyChannel 4UK
SitcomNighty NightBBCUK
SoapVerbotene LiebeARDGermany
Variety Strictly Come Dancing BBCUK
Press PrizeSchillerstraßeHurricane Fernseh ProductionsGermany
Paper formatDaycare DilemmaSBSSweden
Pilot awardDinner DatingFirst EntertainmentGermany
Charity awardBob GeldofIreland
Honorary RoseHerbert KloiberGermany
Best performances:
ComedyF: Pippa Haywood in Green WingChannel 4UK
M: David Walliams and Matt Lucas in Little BritainBBCUK
SitcomM: Peter Kay in Max & Paddy's Road to NowhereChannel 4UK
F: Zoë Wanamaker in My FamilyBBCUK
SoapF: Lesley-Anne Down in The Bold and the BeautifulCBSUnited States
M: Pat Nolan in Fair CityRTÉIreland
Game showThomas Gottschalk in Wetten, dass..?Germany


Category Winner Television network / Production Company Country
Arts & Specials Girl in a Mirror ABC TV Australia
Comedy Look Around You BBC UK
Game Show Deal or No Deal Channel 4 UK
MusicGospel in ParadisoNetherlands
Reality ShowThe ApprenticeBBCUK
SoapVerliebt in BerlinSat.1Germany
Variety Friday Night Project: Billie Piper Channel 4UK
Press PrizePastewkaSat.1Germany
Paper format
Pilot awardAlex FMGermany
Charity awardFuji TelevisionJapan
Honorary RoseRicky GervaisUK
Best performances:
ComedyF: Jo Joyner in SwingingFiveUK
M: Chris Lilley in The NomineesABCAustralia
SitcomM: Bastian Pastewka in PastewkaSat.1Germany
F: Ashley Jensen in ExtrasBBCUK
SoapF: Alexandra Neldel in Verliebt in BerlinSat.1Germany
M: Jack Wagner in The Bold and the BeautifulUS
Game showStephen Fry in QIBBCUK
FRAPA Awards:[1]
Scripted Format AwardThe NannySony Pictures TelevisionUS
Game Show Format AwardDeal or No DealEndemolNetherlands
Reality Format AwardThe Biggest LoserReveille ProductionsUS


Category Winner Television network Country
Arts Documentary Young@Heart Channel 4 UK
Comedy The Vicar of Dibley BBC UK
Performing Arts Peter and the Wolf Channel 4 UK
Performing Arts: Special Mention Car men NPS Netherlands
Reality Secret Millionaire Channel 4 UK
Reality: Special Mention My Last Words Palm Plus Productions Netherlands
Show The Pyramid Castor Multimedia Croatia
Sitcom Not Going Out BBC UK
Soap Con Passionate S4C UK
Soap: Special Mention Home Affairs SABC South Africa
Best of 2007 Special Prize Young@Heart Channel 4 UK
Opera Special Prize Man on the Moon Channel 4 UK
Opera Special Prize: Special Mention Mozart 22 - Le Nozze di Figaro Unitel GmbH & Co KG Germany


Category Winner Television network Country
Arts Documentary Strictly Bolshoi Channel 4 UK
Comedy Kombat Opera Presents BBC Two UK
Drama Skins E4 UK
Drama: Special Mention The Street II BBC UK
Entertainment Hider in the House BBC Two UK
Game Show Power of 10 CBS US
Performing Arts Mozart's Magic Flute - Onstage and Backstage Schweizer Fernsehen Switzerland
Reality The Phone AVRO Netherlands
Sitcom The IT Crowd Channel 4 UK
Best Entertainer Peter Serafinowicz BBC Two UK
Best of 2008 Kombat Opera Presents BBC Two UK


Category Winner Television network Country
Arts Documentary The Curse of the Mona Lisa Channel 4 UK
Comedy Rick Mercer Report CBC Canada
Drama Windfall & Misfortunes Canada
Entertainment El hormiguero Cuatro Spain
Game Show Relentless ITV UK
Performing Arts The Eternity Man ABC Television Australia
Performing Arts: Special Mention La Traviata at Zurich Main Station Switzerland
Reality I Survived a Japanese Game Show ABC US
Sitcom My Family BBC One UK
Best of 2009 I Survived a Japanese Game Show ABC US


CategoryWinnerTelevision networkCountry
Arts Documentary & Performing ArtsThe NeighbourNRKNorway
ComedyBenidorm BastardsVMMaBelgium
SitcomThe InbetweenersE4United Kingdom
Drama & Mini SeriesHopevilleSouth Africa
Soap & TelenovelaDate BlindArgentina/Switzerland
Children & - Web AttackGermany
Variety & Live Event ShowLa Bohème at the Tower BlockSwitzerland
Game ShowBingo BankoDenmark
Reality & Factual EntertainmentBlood, Sweat and TakeawaysBBCUnited Kingdom
Multi-PlatformÁguila RojaRTVESpain
Social AwardsDesert TearsGermany
Social AwardsSofa SurfersBBCUnited Kingdom


CategoryWinnerTelevision networkCountry
Arts Documentary & Performing ArtsThe Sound of Ole BullNRKNorway
ComedyBlack Mirror: "The National Anthem"Channel 4United Kingdom
SitcomFriday Night DinnerChannel 4United Kingdom
SeriesPan AmABCUnited States
TV MovieHomevideoNDRGermany
ChildrenHorrible HistoriesBBCUnited Kingdom
YouthDream HighKBSSouth Korea
Live Event ShowEurovision Song Contest 2011ARDGermany
Game ShowThe Million Pound Drop LiveChannel 4United Kingdom
Factual EntertainmentGo Back To Where You Came FromSBSAustralia
LifestyleThe Great British Bake OffBBCUnited Kingdom
Multi-PlatformPlan BAntena 3Spain
Best of Rose 2012Go Back To Where You Came FromSBSAustralia


CategoryWinnerTelevision networkCountry
ComedyWhat if?VMMaBelgium
SitcomSpyBSkyBUnited Kingdom
Game ShowOh Sit!The CWUnited States
ArtsFreddie Mercury: The Great PretenderBBCUnited Kingdom
Reality & Factual EntertainmentMake Bradford BritishChannel 4United Kingdom
EntertainmentGruen SweatABCAustralia


CategoryWinnerTelevision networkCountry
ComedyLittle MomDori Media GroupIsrael
SitcomToast of LondonChannel 4United Kingdom
Game ShowPointlessBBCUnited Kingdom
ArtsPeter and the Wolf/Pierre et le LoupCamera Lucida ProductionsFrance
Reality & Factual EntertainmentGoggleboxChannel 4United Kingdom
EntertainmentCircus HalliGalliProSiebenSat.1 MediaGermany


CategoryWinnerTelevision networkCountry
ComedyPsychobitches Sky ArtsUnited Kingdom
SitcomCatastropheChannel 4United Kingdom
Game ShowWild ThingsSky OneUnited Kingdom
ArtsOur Gay Wedding: The MusicalChannel 4United Kingdom
Reality & Factual EntertainmentStreet JungleCanal DCanada
EntertainmentThe Graham Norton ShowBBCUnited Kingdom


CategoryWinnerTelevision networkCountry
ComedyInside No. 9BBC TwoUnited Kingdom
SitcomRaised by WolvesChannel 4United Kingdom
Game ShowPick Me!ITVUnited Kingdom
Reality & Factual EntertainmentThe Real Marigold HotelBBC TwoUnited Kingdom
EntertainmentEurovision Song Contest 2016SVTSweden
DramaRiverBBC OneUnited Kingdom


CategoryWinnerTelevision networkCountry
ComedyFleabagBBC ThreeUnited Kingdom
SitcomHenry IXGoldUnited Kingdom
Game ShowBigheadsITVUnited Kingdom
Reality & Factual EntertainmentYou Can't Ask ThatABC iviewAustralia
EntertainmentStasera casa MikaRai 2Italy
Children & YouthAnti Bully ClubSkyhigh TVNetherlands
ArtsBalletboyzBBC TwoUnited Kingdom
TV MovieThe VerdictARDGermany
Entertainer of the YearJames CordenN/AUnited Kingdom
Lifetime Achievement AwardAngela LansburyN/AUnited Kingdom


CategoryWinnerTelevision networkCountry
ComedyGrotesco’s Seven Masterpieces – The Refugee Crisis: a musicalSVTSweden
SitcomDetectoristsBBC FourUnited Kingdom
DramaThe CrownNetflixUnited Kingdom
Limited Series and TV MovieA Very English ScandalBBC OneUnited Kingdom
Augmented Reality & Virtual RealityDamming the NileBBC NewsUnited Kingdom
Reality & Factual EntertainmentDown the RoadVRTBelgium
ArtsBetroffenheitBBC FourUnited Kingdom
Game ShowSorry voor allesVRTBelgium
EntertainmentRoberto Bolle – Danza con meRai 1Italy
Children & YouthThe Highway RatBBC OneUnited Kingdom
Entertainer of the YearJan BöhmermannN/AGermany
Lifetime Achievement AwardJoanna LumleyN/AUnited Kingdom


CategoryWinnerTelevision networkCountry
Soap or TelenovelaOrphans of a NationGloboBrazil
Children & YouthZombieLarsNRKNorway
ArtsThe Greenaway AlphabetNTRNetherlands
Audio Entertainment13 Minutes to the MoonBBC World ServiceUnited Kingdom
Social Media Video SeriesSWIPENPO 3Netherlands
Studio EntertainmentMichael McIntyre's Big ShowBBC OneUnited Kingdom
ComedyBaroness von Sketch ShowCBCCanada
Reality and Factual EntertainmentThe Repair ShopBBC TwoUnited Kingdom
Comedy Drama and SitcomArde MadridMovistar+Spain
DramaChernobylSky UK/HBOUnited Kingdom/United States
Golden Rose
Performance of the YearRicky Gervais for After LifeNetflixUnited Kingdom
Lifetime Achievement AwardMaren KroymannN/AGermany


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