Onions Bloom at Rose d’Or 2015

The nominations for this year’s Rose d’Or have been announced, and British comedy leads the way.

© Sophie Mutevelian / BBC

© Sophie Mutevelian / BBC

Also known colloquially as the Golden Rose Awards, the Rose d’Or are organised by the European Broadcasting Union and for almost 40 years were synonymous with the Swiss city of Montreux, before they began to move around Europe in 2013, with this year’s ceremony set to take place in London at the British Museum on 9th December.

Awards are split into eleven categories – six for television, and five for radio. Over 400 programmes from all over Europe were submitted to the shortlisting process, with a number of TVO faces making the final cut.

© Scott Kershaw / Tiger Aspect

© Scott Kershaw / Tiger Aspect

Battling it out for the Comedy award are critically acclaimed, soon to be returning, blockbuster smash Inside No. 9 from Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, and the criminally underrated and definitely also deserving a third series Sky Arts sketch show Pyschobitches starring a list of talents too long to fit into this sentence. Also in the running in this catagory is BBC Three show The Revolution Will Be Televised, but we’d be lying if we told you we wanted it to win as much as one of its ‘rivals’.

© Tim Bret Day

© Tim Bret Day

Over in the Sitcom category, Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney‘s masterstroke Catastrophe will be battling it out with UK/US co-production Workaholics and Belgium’s Safety First for the potential win.

And in Radio Comedy, Kevin Eldon Will See You Now – the surrealist soundscape from the legendary character comic faces still competition from fellow BBC comedies The Infinite Monkey Cage and Newsjack (which featured Ellie White in its last two seasons).



The full list of nominees are as follows, with TVO related programming highlighted:

Television Arts

  • Monty Python: The Meaning of Live – Ian Johnson Publicity/UKTV (United Kingdom)
  • Our Gay Wedding: The Musical – Channel 4 (United Kingdom)
  • This is Opera: Turandot – TVE (Spain)

Reality & Factual Entertainment

  • Street Jungle – Media Ranch (Canada)
  • The Great British Bake Off – BBC (United Kingdom)
  • Who Cares? – Nice Entertainment Group (Sweden)

Game Show

  • My Mom Cooks Better Than Yours – FremantleMedia Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • Sweden’s Greatest Know-It-All – Sveriges Television (Sweden)
  • Wild Things – Zodiak Media, IWC and Mad Monk Productions (United Kingdom)


  • Inside No. 9BBC (United Kingdom)
  • Psychobitches Tiger Aspect (United Kingdom)
  • The Revolution Will Be Televised – Hat Trick Productions (United Kingdom)


  • CatastropheAvalon Entertainment Limited (United Kingdom)
  • Safety First (Season 2) – Shelter/Carambole (Belgium)
  • Workaholics – Avalon Entertainment Limited (United Kingdom)


  • Friendly Fire (Mein Bester Feind) –  Endemol/Shine Germany GmbH (Germany)
  • The Graham Norton Show – BBC (United Kingdom)
  • The Museum – Nice Entertainment Group (Sweden)

Radio Comedy

  • Kevin Eldon Will See You NowPozzitive Television Ltd. (United Kingdom)
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage – BBC (United Kingdom)
  • NewsJackBBC (United Kingdom)
Radio Entertainment Event
  • Lemn Sissay’s Homecoming – BBC (United Kingdom)
  • Top 2000 Global Overview – NPO Radio 2 (Netherlands)
  • Summer on P1 – Sveriges Radio AB (Sweden)
 Radio Talk Show
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage – BBC (United Kingdom)
  • Woman’s Hour – BBC (United Kingdom)
  • Chain Reaction – BBC (United Kingdom)
 Radio Game Show
  • The 3rd Degree – Pozzitive Television Ltd. (United Kingdom)
  • Ken Bruce’s Pop Master – BBC (United Kingdom)
  • The Unbelievable Truth – Random Entertainment (United Kingdom)
 Radio Music Show
  • Army of Me: Björk Now – BBC (United Kingdom)
  • A Friday Night is Music Night: The Sinatra Legacy – BBC (United Kingdom)
  • John Grant’s Songs from a Dark Place – Random Entertainment (United Kingdom)
If you’d like to attend the Rose d’Or Awards ceremony, and don’t mind blowing €150 on a ticket, you can register online now.

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