British accent is thick at 2007 Rose d'Ors


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 with 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."

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

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.