Brit TV dominates Rose d'Or's record lineup


COLOGNE, Germany -- British television content is dominant and U.S. series conspicuously absent from the lineup for this year's Rose d'Or, Europe's oldest TV entertainment festival, which kicks off in Lucerne, Switzerland, on May 2.

The NBC Universal pilot "Life," a crime drama about a cop who returns to the force after years of wrongful imprisonment, was the only U.S. series picked for the 48th annual event.

That compares to 31 programs from the U.K. out of a total of 75 nominated shows.

British productions are particularly dominant in the fiction categories. Five of the 10 programs nominated for best drama are Brit-based, including Hartswood Films' "Jekyll" featuring Golden Globe nominee James Nesbitt; Company Pictures' teen drama "Skins;" Tiger Aspect production "Secret Diary of a Call Girl"; Carnival Films' "The Whistleblowers"; and Granada Prods.' BAFTA-winning "The Street."

The Rose d'Or sitcom selection also has a heavy English accent with four nominees, among them the BBC's "Gavin & Stacey," Channel 4's "The IT Crowd" and DLT Entertainment's "My Family."

Although well behind the Brits, German and Dutch productions will be strongly represented at this year's Rose d'Or, with eight nominations each.

Highlights include Ziegler Film's sci-fi drama "2030 -- The Senior Rebellion," which explores the demographic threat of Europe's aging population and comedy game show format "Beat the Blondes" from Dutch group Eyeworks.

Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, and a pioneer in the international television business, will receive this year's honorary Rose.