- John Cleese picks up Lifetime Achievement as 55th Rose d’Ors celebrate world’s best entertainment shows -
The best in TV, radio and online entertainment has been honoured at the 55th Rose d’Or Awards in Berlin.
Programmes from Sweden, Ireland and the United Kingdom were awarded trophies in 11 categories including for the first time in 2016, Drama and Audio Stories.
Among the winners were the BBC's River which won Best TV Drama and SVT's Eurovision Song Contest 2016 which took home the prize for Best TV Entertainment. The full list of winners is below.
British comedy legend John Cleese was honoured with a lifetime achievement award for his outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry.
In an acceptance speech peppered with anecdotes from his career including the making of "A Fish Called Wanda" and "Monty Python's The Life of Brian", Cleese made a plea for executives to trust performers and writers: ”When Monty Python was commissioned we didn't really know what we were going to do but we were trusted. The talent has a better record than the suits so why don't they bear that in mind?"
He continued: "The trouble with executives isn't that they have no idea what they are doing but that they have no idea that they have no idea."
Cleese had previously been part of the BBC team who won a Rose d’Or Award in 1967 for "Frost over England.”
The ceremony, held at the Axica venue next to Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate, was attended by around 200 industry luminaries and hosted by BBC presenter Paddy O’Connell.
The Director of Media at the European Broadcasting Union, which runs the awards, Jean Philip de Tender said the standard of entries in 2016 was excellent: “Once again the Rose d’Ors have showcased the very best in global entertainment content. This is a key industry award. Taking home a Rose d’Or is still something programme makers aspire to and I congratulate all the winners - and indeed all the runners up who gave the juries a tough job.”
Juries made up of industry professionals from 10 different countries selected winners from a shortlist of three programmes in each of the eleven categories competing for a Rose d’Or. For the first time in 2016 producers from nominated programmes were involved in selecting the winners following a short presentation of their work.
The Rose d'Or Awards are one of the world's most prestigious awards for entertainment programming. It is a Eurovision and Euroradio event, operated by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).