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, then relocated to Berlin from 2014 to 2018.

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.

In 2019 the EBU partnered with international publishing company and digital channels business C21Media to take over the organisation of the Rose d’Or Awards. The 58th Rose d’Or was held in London, December 2019.


Categories for the 2020 awards:

  1. Comedy: scripted and non-scripted comedy shows including sketch shows, panel, improvisation, clips, comedy specials and stand-up. Series or single programmes.
  2. Comedy Drama and Sitcom: scripted comedy series or one-off dramas, involving regular characters in various situations.
  3. Drama: scripted series or one-off dramas involving characters in various situations. A main plot can be resolved within a single episode or over a series.
  4. Soap or Telenovela: best multi-episode popular drama or melodrama, either on-going or limited run.
  5. Reality and Factual Entertainment: programmes or series in which a situation or topic is treated or created through real people or which tell their story by following real-life characters.
  6. Arts: programmes or series featuring performing arts and cultural programmes,  stage recordings and television adaptations of performing arts or documentaries dedicated to art forms or artists.
  7. Documentary: factual programme or series providing in-depth analysis of a specific subject or point of view supported by evidence and informed commentary, on any subject other than the Arts.
  8. Studio Entertainment: studio-based game shows, variety shows,  event series and specials.
  9. Children and Youth: all genres produced for children and youth older than 6 years. Series or single programmes will be considered.
  10. Social Media Video Series: original fiction or non-fiction short-form video series, (under a half an hour duration) that premiere on social, web, mobile and video platforms.
  11. Audio Entertainment: scripted or unscripted original podcast, audio-first books and radio shows. Entries accepted from producers, platforms, distributors or talent.
  12. Innovation in the time of Covid: Award for the programme or series, that, against all the odds, defined what television can achieve – and how television can be produced – in a time of unprecedented crisis.

In addition, the Rose d’Or recognises significant individual achievements by awarding one trophy each for:

  • Emerging Talent Award: the Organiser, in consultation with the panel of judges, will present this award to a new talent who has made a breakthrough performance in a programme or series in the past year.
  • Performance of the Year: the Organiser, in consultation with the panel of judges, will present this award to a personality who has made an outstanding performance in a programme or series in the past year.
  • Lifetime Achievement: the Organiser, in consultation with the panel of judges will award the Lifetime Achievement to a personality who has made an outstanding and extensive contribution to the world of entertainment including, but not exclusively, their work in television, audio or online media.

The ultimate accolade for a programme or series, The Golden Rose, awarded to the programme, series or individual that, in the opinion of the judges, has made the outstanding contribution of 2020.


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 concept of the Film Kiosk was born. The awards became an important part of European television culture, and Golden Rose winners usually receive publicity in their home countries.

Golden Rose winnersEdit


Year Winner Network Country
1961 The Black and White Minstrel Show BBC United Kingdom
1962 Kaskad SR Sweden
1963 Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall CBS United States
1964 Happy End SSR / TSR Switzerland
1965 The Cold Old Days YLE Finland
1966 L'Arroseur arrosé ORTF France
1967 The Frost Report BBC United Kingdom
1968 Historia de la frivolidad TVE Spain
1969 Holiday in Switzerland SRG / SF DRS Switzerland
1970 Les six évadés ČST Czechoslovakia
1971 Lodynski's Flohmarkt Company ORF Austria
1972 The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine UKIB United Kingdom
1973 The N.S.V.I.P.'s SR TV1 Sweden
1974 Don Juan TVE Spain
1975 Fatti e Fattacci RAI Italy
1976 The Nor-Way to Broadcasting NRK Norway
1977 The Muppet Show UKIB United Kingdom
1978 The Shirley MacLaine Special – Where Do We Go From Here? CBS United States
1979 Rich Little's Christmas Carol CBC Canada
1980 Dream Weaver CBC Canada
1981 Mikhail Baryshnikov on Broadway ABC United States
1982 Dizzy Feet UKIB / Central United Kingdom
1983 Al Paradise RAI Italy
1984 I am a Hotel CBC Canada
1985 The Paul Daniels Magic Easter Show BBC United Kingdom
1986 Penn and Teller Go Public CPB United States
1987 The Prize SVT Sweden
1988 The Comic Strip Presents... The Strike Channel 4 United Kingdom
1989 Hale & Pace UKIB / LWT United Kingdom
1990 Mr. Bean UKIB / Thames United Kingdom
1991 A Night on Mount Edna LWT United Kingdom
1992 Brian Orser: Night Moves CBC Canada
1993 The Kids in the Hall Broadway Canada
1994 Sevillanas Sogepaq Spain
1995 Don't Forget Your Toothbrush Ginger / Channel 4 United Kingdom
1996 Itzhak Perlman – In the Fiddler's House CPB United States
1997 Cold Feet Granada Television United Kingdom
1998 Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach Rhombus Canada
1999 The League of Gentlemen BBC United Kingdom
2000 The Mole VRT Belgium
2001 Lenny Henry in Pieces Tiger Aspect / BBC United Kingdom
2002 Pop Idol Thames TV / ITV UK
2003 Faking It RDF Media / Channel 4 United Kingdom


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
Music One Bullet Left SF DRS Switzerland
Reality Show Wife Swap Channel 4 UK
Sitcom Peep Show Channel 4 UK
Soap Saint Tropez (Sous le soleil) Marathon France
Variety Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Granada Television UK
Press Prize Little Britain BBC UK
Paper format From Rust to Riches Team Gryttjom Sweden
Pilot award Fur TV MTV UK
Charity award Peter Ustinov UK
Honorary Rose John de Mol Netherlands
Best performances:
Comedy F: Anke Engelke in Ladykracher Brainpool / Sat.1 Germany
M: Harry Hill in Harry Hill's TV Burp Avalon UK
Sitcom F: Felicitas Woll in Berlin, Berlin Studio Hamburg Germany
M: Martin Freeman in Hardware Talkback Thames UK
Soap F: Bénédicte Delmas in Sous le soleil Marathon France
M: Shane Richie in EastEnders BBC UK
Game show Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly
in Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Granada Television UK


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
Music Flashmob – The Opera BBC UK
Reality Show Supernanny Channel 4 UK
Sitcom Nighty Night BBC UK
Soap Verbotene Liebe ARD Germany
Variety Strictly Come Dancing BBC UK
Press Prize Schillerstraße Hurricane Fernseh Productions Germany
Paper format Daycare Dilemma SBS Sweden
Pilot award Dinner Dating First Entertainment Germany
Charity award Bob Geldof Ireland
Honorary Rose Herbert Kloiber Germany
Best performances:
Comedy F: Pippa Haywood in Green Wing Channel 4 UK
M: David Walliams and Matt Lucas in Little Britain BBC UK
Sitcom M: Peter Kay in Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere Channel 4 UK
F: Zoë Wanamaker in My Family BBC UK
Soap F: Lesley-Anne Down in The Bold and the Beautiful CBS United States
M: Pat Nolan in Fair City RTÉ Ireland
Game show Thomas 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
Music Gospel in Paradiso Netherlands
Reality Show The Apprentice BBC UK
Sitcom Extras BBC UK
Soap Verliebt in Berlin Sat.1 Germany
Variety Friday Night Project: Billie Piper Channel 4 UK
Press Prize Pastewka Sat.1 Germany
Paper format
Pilot award Alex FM Germany
Charity award Fuji Television Japan
Honorary Rose Ricky Gervais UK
Best performances:
Comedy F: Jo Joyner in Swinging Five UK
M: Chris Lilley in The Nominees ABC Australia
Sitcom M: Bastian Pastewka in Pastewka Sat.1 Germany
F: Ashley Jensen in Extras BBC UK
Soap F: Alexandra Neldel in Verliebt in Berlin Sat.1 Germany
M: Jack Wagner in The Bold and the Beautiful US
Game show Stephen Fry in QI BBC UK
FRAPA Awards:[1]
Scripted Format Award The Nanny Sony Pictures Television US
Game Show Format Award Deal or No Deal Endemol Netherlands
Reality Format Award The Biggest Loser Reveille Productions US


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
Honorary Rose Ben Elton (Lifetime Achievement)[2] UK


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


Category Winner Television network Country
Arts Documentary & Performing Arts The Neighbour NRK Norway
Comedy Benidorm Bastards VMMa Belgium
Sitcom The Inbetweeners E4 United Kingdom
Drama & Mini Series Hopeville South Africa
Soap & Telenovela Date Blind Argentina/Switzerland
Children & Youth - Web Attack Germany
Variety & Live Event Show La Bohème at the Tower Block Switzerland
Game Show Bingo Banko Denmark
Reality & Factual Entertainment Blood, Sweat and Takeaways BBC United Kingdom
Multi-Platform Águila Roja RTVE Spain
Social Awards Desert Tears Germany
Social Awards Sofa Surfers BBC United Kingdom


Category Winner Television network Country
Arts Documentary & Performing Arts The Sound of Ole Bull NRK Norway
Comedy Black Mirror: "The National Anthem" Channel 4 United Kingdom
Sitcom Friday Night Dinner Channel 4 United Kingdom
Series Pan Am ABC United States
TV Movie Homevideo NDR Germany
Children Horrible Histories BBC United Kingdom
Youth Dream High KBS South Korea
Live Event Show Eurovision Song Contest 2011 ARD Germany
Game Show The Million Pound Drop Live Channel 4 United Kingdom
Factual Entertainment Go Back To Where You Came From SBS Australia
Lifestyle The Great British Bake Off BBC United Kingdom
Multi-Platform Plan B Antena 3 Spain
Best of Rose 2012 Go Back To Where You Came From SBS Australia


Category Winner Television network Country
Comedy What if? VMMa Belgium
Sitcom Spy BSkyB United Kingdom
Game Show Oh Sit! The CW United States
Arts Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender BBC United Kingdom
Reality & Factual Entertainment Make Bradford British Channel 4 United Kingdom
Entertainment Gruen Sweat ABC Australia


Category Winner Network Country
Comedy Little Mom Dori Media Group Israel
Sitcom Toast of London Channel 4 United Kingdom
Game Show Pointless BBC United Kingdom
Arts Peter and the Wolf/Pierre et le Loup Camera Lucida Productions France
Reality & Factual Entertainment Gogglebox Channel 4 United Kingdom
Entertainment Circus HalliGalli ProSiebenSat.1 Media Germany


Category Winner Network Country
Comedy Psychobitches Sky Arts United Kingdom
Sitcom Catastrophe Channel 4 United Kingdom
Radio Comedy Newsjack BBC Radio 4 Extra United Kingdom
Game Show Wild Things Sky One United Kingdom
Arts Our Gay Wedding: The Musical Channel 4 United Kingdom
Reality & Factual Entertainment Street Jungle Canal D Canada
Entertainment The Graham Norton Show BBC United Kingdom


Category Winner Network Country
Comedy Inside No. 9 BBC Two United Kingdom
Sitcom Raised by Wolves Channel 4 United Kingdom
Game Show Pick Me! ITV United Kingdom
Reality & Factual Entertainment The Real Marigold Hotel BBC Two United Kingdom
Entertainment Eurovision Song Contest 2016 SVT Sweden
Drama River BBC One United Kingdom


Category Winner Network Country
Comedy Fleabag BBC One United Kingdom
Sitcom Henry IX Gold United Kingdom
Game Show Bigheads ITV United Kingdom
Reality & Factual Entertainment You Can't Ask That ABC iview Australia
Entertainment Stasera casa Mika Rai 2 Italy
Drama Nobel NRK Norway
Children & Youth Anti Bully Club Skyhigh TV Netherlands
Arts Balletboyz BBC Two United Kingdom
TV Movie The Verdict ARD Germany
Entertainer of the Year James Corden N/A United Kingdom
Lifetime Achievement Award Angela Lansbury N/A United Kingdom


Category Winner Network Country
Comedy Grotesco’s Seven Masterpieces – The Refugee Crisis: a musical SVT Sweden
Sitcom Detectorists BBC Four United Kingdom
Drama The Crown Netflix United Kingdom
Limited Series and TV Movie A Very English Scandal BBC One United Kingdom
Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality Damming the Nile BBC News United Kingdom
Reality & Factual Entertainment Down the Road VRT Belgium
Arts Betroffenheit BBC Four United Kingdom
Game Show Sorry voor alles VRT Belgium
Entertainment Roberto Bolle – Danza con me Rai 1 Italy
Children & Youth The Highway Rat BBC One United Kingdom
Entertainer of the Year Jan Böhmermann N/A Germany
Lifetime Achievement Award Joanna Lumley N/A United Kingdom


Category Winner Network Country
Soap or Telenovela Orphans of a Nation Globo Brazil
Children & Youth ZombieLars NRK Norway
Arts The Greenaway Alphabet NTR Netherlands
Audio Entertainment 13 Minutes to the Moon BBC World Service United Kingdom
Social Media Video Series SWIPE NPO 3 Netherlands
Studio Entertainment Michael McIntyre's Big Show BBC One United Kingdom
Comedy Baroness von Sketch Show CBC Canada
Reality and Factual Entertainment The Repair Shop BBC Two United Kingdom
Comedy Drama and Sitcom Arde Madrid Movistar+ Spain
Drama Chernobyl Sky UK/HBO United Kingdom/United States
Golden Rose
Performance of the Year Ricky Gervais for After Life Netflix United Kingdom
Lifetime Achievement Award Maren Kroymann N/A Germany


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  2. ^ "Channel 4 wins five Rose d'Or awards". the Guardian. 10 May 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2021.

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