Brit TV comes up Roses with 6 awards

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BERLIN -- British television dominated the 47th annual Rose D'Or international television festival, taking six of the seven Golden Roses awarded at Wednesday's closing ceremony in Lucerne, Switzerland.

BBC got the Rose jury laughing, winning best sitcom for "Not Going Out" and best comedy program for the final season of "The Vicar of Dibley."

Channel 4 plucked three Golden Roses -- best reality show for "Secret Millionaire," where millionaires go undercover in rough neighborhoods to shower the needy with thousands of pounds; best performing arts program for "Peter and the Wolf," an animated take on Prokofiev's children's classic; and best arts documentary for "Young @ Heart," a look at a chorus made up of singers over the age of 90.

"Young @ Heart" also won a special Golden Rose award as the best program of 2007.

The other Brit winner was Welsh-language broadcaster S4C, which took home a Golden Rose for best soap for "Con Passionate," which follows an all-male choir turned upside down by the arrival of a sexy conductor.

Channel 4's "Man on the Moon," an hourlong television opera based on the 1969 moon landing, was awarded a special opera prize for outstanding achievement in a genre not often programd for television.

Keeping the Brits from making it a clean sweep was "The Pyramid," which won in the best show category for Croatian Television. It's the first-ever Golden Rose for a Croatian program.

The interactive game show/talk show pits three VIPs against one another as they compete for viewer votes by trying to be the most original, concise and interesting in their treatment of five top issues in the week's news.

U.K. comedian Ben Elton, who received a lifetime achievement award at this year's Rose D'Or Festival, hosted the ceremony.

A complete list of Rose D'Or winners is available at www.hollywoodreporter.com.


ART DOCUMENTARY
"Young @ Heart," Channel 4 International (U.K.)

COMEDY
"The Vicar of Dibley," BBC 1 (U.K.)

PERFORMING ARTS
"Peter and the Wolf," Channel 4 (U.K.)

REALITY
"Secret Millionaire," Channel 4 (U.K.)

SHOW
"The Pyramid," Croatian Television (Croatia)

SITCOM
"Not Going Out," BBC 1 (U.K.)

SOAP
"Con Passionate," S4C (U.K.)

OPERA SPECIAL PRIZE
"Man on the Moon," Channel 4 International (U.K.)

BEST OF 2007 -- SPECIAL PRIZE
"Young @ Heart," Channel 4 International (U.K.)

PERFORMING ARTS SPECIAL MENTION
"Car men," Nederlandse Programma Stichting (NPS)

SOAP SPECIAL MENTION
"Home Affairs," SABC (South Africa)

OPERA SPECIAL MENTION
"Mozart22 -- Le Nozze di Figaro," Unitel/Classica GmbH (Germany)
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