Friday Night Dinner and Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror triumph at Rose d’Or Festival

Channel 4 comedy leads a great night for British television at the prestigious awards in Switzerland


Channel 4’s comedy output was the toast of this year’s Rose d’Or Television Festival as the broadcaster picked up both the best comedy and sitcom awards.


Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror: the National Anthem and Robert Popper’s Friday Night Dinner won Golden Roses in the comedy and sitcom categories respectively, and further success came to Channel 4 with The Million Pound Drop picking up the best gameshow award.

The BBC was honoured with Golden Roses for Horrible Histories and The Great British Bake Off in the children and lifestyle categories, and Top Gear received a special prize for its global appeal.

Jeremy Clarkson collected Top Gear’s Honorary Rose Award and quipped: “approximately 7 million cars had to be destroyed to win this award.” He added: “this is the best job in the world and I hope I can do it forever, thank you very much for this honour.”

Perhaps surprisingly, the much-maligned US airline drama Pan Am won the Golden Rose for best series, beating off competition from Martina Cole’s The Runaway and ITV1’s The Jury.

Australian drama Go Back to Where You Came From, about a group of racists who embark on journeys of self-discovery, was voted best factual entertainment show and also scooped the coveted Golden Rose for best programme of 2012.

Elsewhere at the event, German broadcaster NDR’s Homevideo topped the TV movie category; Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 won the multiplatform award; NKR in Norway won the arts documentary and performing arts prize with The Sound of Ole Bull; South Korean show Dream High won the youth award and Germany’s broadcast of Eurovision 2011 taking the live event prize.


The Rose d’Or Festival, which was founded in Montreux in 1961, presents awards in 12 categories to reward the best TV formats worldwide and is considered one of the world’s most prestigious TV awards.