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Y @ H musical documentary wins 2 Golden Roses

May 10, 2007

Young @ Heart wins Golden Rose Best of 2007 Special Prize and Best Art Documentary.

THE COVETED “GOLDEN ROSE” WINNERS ANNOUNCED
DURING AN AWARD CEREMONY AT
THE 47TH EDITION OF THE ROSE D’OR FESTIVAL

UK dominates with Croatia and Welsh-language drama series
scoring first-time wins

Germany, the Netherlands and South Africa awarded special mentions

Ben Elton awarded Honorary Rose for lifetime achievement

Lucerne, Switzerland – May 9, 2007 – During an award ceremony held on the final evening of the 47th edition of the Rose d’Or Festival of Lucerne, Switzerland, the coveted seven Golden Roses were presented to the winners by leading Swiss personalities, including Freddy Burger, chairman of Freddy Burger Management, which owns the rights to the Rose d’Or Festival; Armin Walpen, director general of SRG SSR idée suisse; and Ingrid Deltenre, director of Swiss Television. Well-known UK comedian, Ben Elton, who earlier in the festival was awarded the Honorary Rose for his lifetime contribution to the arts, hosted the evening with his trademark wit and irony.

“The winners demonstrate a fantastic and diverse field of programming from big-budget productions in the UK to small, yet strong and highly creative programmes from around the world,” commented Urban Frye, festival director. “The Rose d’Or is one of the most important festivals for entertainment and cultural programmes. My heart beats for such programming and this festival has proved that one can create cultural programmes that attract everyone”.


The festival received a record 358 entries, with 72 programmes nominated. A prestigious group of 19 jury members narrowed this field to the top winners in each of the following categories: Art Documentary, Comedy, Performing Arts, Reality, Show, Sitcom and Soap, as well as the Opera Special Prize and the Best of 2007 Special Prize. There were also three special mentions. The winners are as follows:

ART DOCUMENTARY
“Young @ Heart” (120-minute documentary film)
Production Company: Walker George Films Ltd
Broadcaster/Distributor: Channel 4 International - UK
The film follows chorus members as they prepare a new show, including 93-year-old Eileen, who sings a wicked version of Should I Stay Or Should I Go? The result is a moving and often hilarious portrait of an extraordinary group of people who may be old in body but refuse to grow old in spirit.



COMEDY
“The Vicar of Dibley” – (30-minute comedy series)
Production Company: Tiger Aspect Productions
Broadcaster/Distributor: BBC 1 – UK
“The Vicar of Dibley” finally comes to a close with two special-length episodes, the first of which aired on Christmas day on BBC 1. The village is up in arms at the arrival of a newcomer: a 'weekender' from London who clearly won't want to get involved in the community.


PERFORMING ARTS
“Peter and the Wolf” (29-minute animated film)
Production Company: Breakthru Films
Broadcaster/Distributor: Channel 4 – UK
A new animated film version of Prokofiev's timeless children’s classic, “Peter and the Wolf” to mark the 70th anniversary of the work. It is set to a new recording by the world-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra.


REALITY
“Secret Millionaire” (five x 60 minutes)
Production Company: RDF Media
Broadcaster/Distributor: Channel 4 – UK
Each week, a different multi-millionaire guarantees to give away thousands of pounds of their own money to people whose lives can be changed for the better. For 10 days, the millionaire leaves behind their wealthy lifestyle to live undercover in some of the UK's toughest districts, aiming to find the people they think deserve their help.

SHOW
“The Pyramid” (60-minute series)
Production Company: Castor Multimedia
Broadcaster/Distributor: Croatian Television – Croatia
“The Pyramid” is an interactive game/talk show in which the participants – three public figures –vie for viewer votes by being original, concise and interesting in their treatment of five top issues of the week.


SITCOM
“Not Going Out” (30-minute series)
Production Company: Avalon Television Limited
Broadcaster/Distributor: BBC 1 – UK
“Not Going Out” is a BBC 1 sitcom co-written by BAFTA-winning comic Lee Mack and Sony Award-winning writer/broadcaster Andrew Collins. It centres on flat mates Lee and Kate, whose friendship is moving into uncharted waters – a situation complicated by the fact Lee's best mate is Kate's ex.


SOAP
“Con Passionate” (60-minute series)
Production Company: Teledu Apollo
Broadcaster/Distributor: S4C – UK
The traditional world of a male-voice choir is turned upside down by the arrival of a siren of a conductor, after whom most of the male cast fall in lust. The Welsh-language drama explores the broken psyches and fragile lives of the community.


In addition, SPECIAL PRIZES were also awarded to:

OPERA SPECIAL PRIZE
“Man on the Moon” (60-minute special)
Production Company: Tiger Aspect Productions
Broadcaster/Distributor: Channel 4 International - UK
“Man on the Moon” is an hour-long television opera based on the first moon landing in 1969. With music by renowned British composer Jonathan Dove and words by Nicholas Wright, this is ostensibly a film about the lunar landing. At its heart, however, it is about the surreal nature of the mission, and the disillusionment that followed.

BEST OF 2007 - SPECIAL PRIZE
“Young @ Heart” (120-minute documentary film)
Production Company: Walker George Films Ltd
Broadcaster/Distributor: Channel 4 International - UK
The film follows chorus members as they prepare a new show, including 93-year-old Eileen, who sings a wicked version of Should I Stay Or Should I Go? The result is a moving and often hilarious portrait of an extraordinary group of people who may be old in body but refuse to grow old in spirit.



SPECIAL MENTIONS:

PERFORMING ARTS SPECIAL MENTION
“Car men” (28-minute film)
Production Company: Nederlandse Programma Stichting (NPS)
Broadcaster/Distributor: Nederlandse Programma Stichting (NPS)
A black-and-white film by choreographer Jiri Kylián and director Boris Paval, “Car men” is a story of a vivacious group of young people, who are bursting with ambition, love and hate. The film is a metaphor for time, speed, stillness, movement, youth and age.


SOAP SPECIAL MENTION
Home Affairs (60-minute series)
Production Company: Penguin Films
Broadcaster/Distributor: SABC
The acclaimed series “Home Affairs” looks at the lives of six South African women in separate universes who are all connected.


OPERA SPECIAL MENTION
“Mozart22 - Le Nozze di Figaro” (60-minute special)
Production Company: Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images
Broadcaster/Distributor: Unitel GmbH & Co KG/Classica GmbH
In the summer of 2006, the Salzburg Festival presented a project on a grand scale: to commemorate Mozart’s 250th birthday, all 22 operas by Mozart were incorporated into the Salzburg Festival programme.


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CONTACT:
Sheila Morris/Morris Marketing
Rose d’Or International Press Officer
+1 818 281-8387
sheila@morrispr.com

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