Comedy gold

Brits sweep the Rose d'Or board

British comedies have swept the board at the prestigious Rose d'Or international television festival.

Every Golden Rose in the sitcom and comedy categories was won by a UK show, headed by Little Britain scooping a rare double gold.

The show won a Golden Rose for best comedy, while Matt Lucas and David Walliams collected the award for best male comedy performance at the event in Lucerne, Switzerland, last night.

Meanwhile, Pippa Haywood from Channel 4’s Green Wing picked up the Rose for best female comedy performance, as decided by an international jury. 

In the sitcom category, Peter Kay was named best actor for Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, and   Zoe Wanamaker was named best actress for her role in BBC1’sMy Family.

Julia Davis’s Nighty Night landed the best sitcom accolade.

BBC entertainment controller Jane Lush said: ‘This was a fantastic night for the BBC - our best result in years with an incredible range of shows from both entertainment and comedy.’

A total of 126 programmes have been shortlisted for awards at the festival, including Catherine Tate Show. Frank Skinner’s Shane, The Keith Barret Show and The Karen Dunbar show.

Published: 8 May 2005

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