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“You Can’t Ask That,” “Bigheads” receive Rose D’Or Awards

ABC Australia’s You Can’t Ask That and ITV’s Bigheads were among the unscripted winners at the 56th Rose d’Or Awards in Berlin. The Rose d’Or Awards honor entertainment programming from around the ...
September 20, 2017

ABC Australia’s You Can’t Ask That and ITV’s Bigheads were among the unscripted winners at the 56th Rose d’Or Awards in Berlin.

The Rose d’Or Awards honor entertainment programming from around the world and is operated by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). More than 400 programs from 130-plus broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for consideration this year.

Juries made up of industry professionals from 21 countries shortlisted four nominees before selecting winners in each of the 10 categories. Awards were presented Tuesday (Sept. 19) at the Axica Convention Center in Berlin across 10 television- and virtual reality-focused categories.

“For nearly 60 years the Rose d’Or Awards have recognized the very best in global entertainment content,” said Jean Philip De Tender, director of media at the EBU, in a statement. “Our winners, and indeed all the nominees, tonight truly represent the gold standard of entertainment.”

ABC’s You Can’t Ask That, which was developed in-house, was feted with the Reality & Factual Entertainment award. The series looks to offer insight into the lives of marginalized communities by asking questions the general populace are afraid to ask.

The Primal Media- and Sony Pictures Television-made Bigheads (pictured), meanwhile, took home the Game Show award. Each episode of the format sees contestants, dressed as celebrities with oversized heads, competing in a variety of challenges until a winner is decided.

Italy’s Stasera Casa Mika (Tonight at Mika’s Home), was honored with the prize for Best Entertainment series. Produced for Rai2, the variety series follows the British-Lebanese singer as she opens her home for international guests to perform songs and share a collection of stories from around Italy.

The Late Late Show host James Corden, meanwhile, picked up Entertainer of the Year honors.

More information on the winners and nominees is made available here.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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