Rose d’Or finds Australians at both ends of the spectrum

Rose d'Or Awards hopes are up, fired by very hot vegetable.

The Rose d’Or television awards don’t get the attention of the Emmies or the BAFTAs or anything else in English because it started in Switzerland and has mostly been run by the Eurovision team, probably relieved by the freedom from bling. 

But in the industry these awards are coveted. As Wikipedia lays them out there are six categories:

  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.)

This year the ABC is turning cartwheels because it has been nominated for Employable Me in the Reality, Factual Entertainment category. It is credited to Northern Pictures, All3Media and the ABC. 

There is another, more surprising award. In the Audio Entertainment slot, 7Digital (offspring of a certain Australian TV network) is up for an award for a piece called It Burns: The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chilli.

It is an audible podcast by Marc Fennell, the interviewer, journalist and presenter, and is about the dudding of honest Australian farmers by an evil American conspiracy. 

David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.