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


CategoryWinnerTelevision networkCountry
Arts & SpecialsAmeliaRhombusCanada
ComedyCreature ComfortsAardman Animations / ITVUK
Game ShowMy New Best FriendTiger AspectUK
MusicOne Bullet LeftSF DRSSwitzerland
Reality ShowWife SwapChannel 4UK
SitcomPeep ShowChannel 4UK
SoapSaint Tropez (Sous le soleil)MarathonFrance
VarietyAnt and Dec's Saturday Night TakeawayGranada TelevisionUK
Press PrizeLittle BritainBBCUK
Paper formatFrom Rust to RichesTeam GryttjomSweden
Pilot awardFur TVBBCUK
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


CategoryWinnerTelevision networkCountry
Arts & SpecialsThe Cost Of LivingDV8 Films
ComedyLittle BritainBBCUK
Game ShowTest the NationTalent TV / BBCUK
MusicFlashmob – The OperaBBCUK
Reality ShowSupernannyChannel 4UK
SitcomNighty NightBBCUK
SoapVerbotene LiebeARDGermany
VarietyStrictly Come DancingBBCUK
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 BeautifulCBSUSA
M: Pat Nolan in Fair CityRTÉIreland
Game showThomas Gottschalk in Wetten, dass..?Germany


CategoryWinnerTelevision networkCountry
Arts & SpecialsGirl in a MirrorABC TVAustralia
ComedyLook Around YouBBCUK
Game ShowDeal or No DealChannel 4UK
MusicGospel in ParadisoNetherlands
Reality ShowThe ApprenticeBBCUK
SoapVerliebt in BerlinSat.1Germany
VarietyFriday Night Project: Billie PiperChannel 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


CategoryWinnerTelevision networkCountry
Arts DocumentaryYoung@HeartChannel 4UK
ComedyThe Vicar of DibleyBBCUK
Performing ArtsPeter and the WolfChannel 4UK
Performing Arts: Special MentionCar menNPSNetherlands
RealitySecret MillionaireChannel 4UK
Reality: Special MentionMy Last WordsPalm Plus ProductionsNetherlands
ShowThe PyramidCastor MultimediaCroatia
SitcomNot Going OutBBCUK
SoapCon PassionateS4CUK
Soap: Special MentionHome AffairsSABCSouth Africa
Best of 2007 Special PrizeYoung@HeartChannel 4UK
Opera Special PrizeMan on the MoonChannel 4UK
Opera Special Prize: Special MentionMozart 22 - Le Nozze di FigaroUnitel GmbH & Co KGGermany


CategoryWinnerTelevision networkCountry
Arts DocumentaryStrictly BolshoiChannel 4UK
ComedyKombat Opera PresentsBBC TwoUK
Drama: Special MentionThe Street IIBBCUK
EntertainmentHider in the HouseBBC TwoUK
Game ShowPower of 10CBSUS
Performing ArtsMozart's Magic Flute - Onstage and BackstageSchweizer FernsehenSwitzerland
RealityThe PhoneAVRONetherlands
SitcomThe IT CrowdChannel 4UK
Best EntertainerPeter SerafinowiczBBC TwoUK
Best of 2008Kombat Opera PresentsBBC TwoUK


CategoryWinnerTelevision networkCountry
Arts DocumentaryThe Curse of the Mona LisaChannel 4UK
ComedyRick Mercer ReportCBCCanada
DramaWindfall & MisfortunesCanada
EntertainmentEl hormigueroCuatroSpain
Game ShowRelentlessITVUK
Performing ArtsThe Eternity ManABC TelevisionAustralia
Performing Arts: Special MentionLa Traviata at Zurich Main StationSwitzerland
RealityI Survived a Japanese Game ShowABCUS
SitcomMy FamilyBBC OneUK
Best of 2009I Survived a Japanese Game ShowABCUS


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
Best of 2010Benidorm BastardsVMMaBelgium


CategoryWinnerTelevision networkCountry
Arts Documentary & Performing ArtsThe Sound of Ole BullNRKNorway
ComedyBlack Mirror: The National AnthemChannel 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
Comedy"Little Mom"Dori Media GroupIsrael
SitcomToast of LondonChannel 4/Objective ProductionsUnited Kingdom
Game ShowPointlessBBCUnited Kingdom
ArtsPeter and the Wolf/Pierre et le LoupCamera Lucida ProductionsFrance
Reality & Factual EntertainmentGoggleboxChannel 4United Kingdom
EntertainmentCircus HalliGalliProSiebenSat.1 MediaGermany