Michael from 'Love on the Spectrum'.

Australia has five nominees across four categories for this year’s Rose d’Or Awards, which will be presented in a virtual ceremony at the end of this month.

Two are from the Northern Pictures’ slate, with Strong Female Lead set to vye for the Documentary award, while Love on the Spectrum got a nod in Best Reality and Factual Entertainment, where it will be up against the ABC’s You Can’t Ask That.

Elsewhere, In Films’ documentary Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra is nominated in the Arts category, and the ABC’s Australia Talks is part of the field for Studio Entertainment award.

The prestigious awards have previously been a happy hunting ground for Australian titles, with Epic Films’ First Day and Ludo Studios’ Content triumphing at last year’s ceremony.

This year marks their 60th anniversary, having been created to recognise achievement in entertainment broadcasting and programming.

More than 750 entries were received this year across the 12 categories, with the shortlist voted for by a jury of 150 broadcast executives and leading producers, from across the international television industry.

‘Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra’.

Chair of the 2021 judges Mark Rowland said production standards had been higher than ever.

“Despite the very considerable production challenges faced during the pandemic, we’ve seen an amazing breadth of subjects and creative treatments,” he said.

“Congratulations to all the nominees on an amazing achievement.”

This year Rose d’Or Awards will be presented in a virtual ceremony, hosted by Sue Perkins on Rosedor.com on November 29.

This year’s nominees are:

Reality and Factual Entertainment

The Rap Game UK

Naked Television (Part of Fremantle)/A+E Content Sales/BBC3/UK

Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace

Wall to Wall Media Ltd/Line Up Industries/ITV/UK

Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back

Rumpus Media/Channel 4/UK

Love On The Spectrum

Northern Pictures/Australian Broadcasting Corporation/Australia

Married at First Sight

CPL/Channel 4/E4/UK

You Can’t Ask That

Australian Broadcasting Corporation/Australia


FIRESTARTER – The Story of Bangarra

In Films Production/ICON FILMS DISTRIBUTION/Australian Broadcasting Corporation/Australia

My Rembrandt

Discours Film/Cinephil/NTR/Netherlands

The Dying Swans Project

Theaterhaus Stuttgart/Gauthier Dance/ZDF/3sat/Germany

Song Exploder

Tremolo Productions/Netflix/USA


POSVIDEO/IDTV/dutchcore/AVROTROS/NPO 2/Netherlands

The Carnival of the Animals – The Story of a Score

Sounding Images GmbH/C Major Entertainment GmbH/WDR/arte/Germany

Studio Entertainment


Avalon/Channel 4/UK

America’s Got Talent

Fremantle North America/SYCO/Fremantle Media/NBC/USA

Australia Talks

Australian Broadcasting Corporation/Australia

A League of Their Own

CPL Productions/Sky Max/UK

Strictly Come Dancing

BBC Studios/BBC One/UK

The Masked Singer UK

Bandicoot/Abacus Media Rights/ITV/STV/UK

Children and Youth

Like Me

Norsk Rikskringasting AS/Norway

Horrible Histories Black History Special

Lion TV/CBBC/BBC iPlayer/UK

Talking Heads

Keplerfilm/BETA FILM/VPRO/Netherlands

Tekens van leven (Scars for life)

De Mensen/Newen/Ketnet (VRT)/Belgium

Our School

Twofour/Twofour Studios/CBBC/UK

World’s Worst Diseases

Delta Studios/SVT/SVT Barn/Sweden

Multiplatform Series


MC2production/Russian Federation

About Saturday

Maipo Film/TV 2 Norway/Norway



InterConnected: Fred Gets Feedback

BBC Writersroom/BBC/UK


Yle – The Finnish Broadcasting Company/Yle TV2/Yle Areena/Facebook/Instagram/Youtube/Finlan

It Takes Guts

EFFERVESCENCE DOC/France TV Slash/ARTE/Radio France/TV5 Monde/INA/France Médias Monde/France

Audio Entertainment


Sybel & Jolie Rouge/France

Finding Q: My Journey into QAnon

Tortoise Studios/Audible/UK

The Lazarus Heist

BBC World Service/BBC World Service Podcasts/UK

Cold Case Crime Cuts


I’m Not A Monster

BBC Radio Current Affairs/BBC Sounds & BBC Radio 5 Live/Frontline PBS/UK

Have You Heard George’s Podcast?

BBC Sounds/BBC Radio 5 Live/BBC Radio 1Xtra/BBC Radio 4/UK



BBC Studios/BBC Three/UK


Merman Television/Twofour/Lionsgate/BBC Two/UK

Bo Burnham: Inside


Journey (Vegferd)

Glassriver/Keshet International/Channel 2/Iceland

The New Black 2

Dori Media Darset/Dori Media International/HOT/Israel


Infinity Hill/GCB Films/No Mystery/Rainmaker Content Limited/BBC One/UK

Soap or Telenovela


De Mensen/Red Arrow International/VTM (DPG Media)/Belgium

District 31

Aetios Productions/Aetios Distribution/Radio-Canada/Canada

Our Love Songs

SP Televisão S.A./SIC- Sociedade Independente de Comunicação S.A./Portugal

Star Hill

SP Televisão S.A./SIC- Sociedade Independente de Comunicação S.A./Portugal

Two Lives

Bambu Producciones, a STUDIOCANAL Company/STUDIOCANAL/RTVE/Spain



Comedy Drama and Sitcom

The Chair


I Hate Suzie

Bad Wolf/Sky Atlantic/UK

JERK Series 2

Roughcut TV/Primal Media/BBC Three

Call My Agent

Mon Voisin Productions and Mother Productions/Netflix/France télévision/France

Love & Anarchy


We Are Lady Parts

Working Title/Channel 4 and NBC Universal/UK



A Netflix Original Series in association with shondalandmedia/Netflix/UK

Mare of Easttown

HBO/Sky Atlantic/USA

It’s A Sin

Red Production Company/All3Media International/Channel 4/UK


The Forge/All3Media International/Channel 4/UK

Time by Jimmy McGovern

BBC Studios/BBC1/UK

Squid Game

Siren Pictures/Netflix/Republic of Korea


Strong Female Lead

Northern Pictures/SBS (Special Broadcasting Service)/Australia

Dying to Divorce

Dying to Divorce Ltd/Java Films/WDR/ARTE/UK

Schwarzer Adler

Broadview Pictures/Broadview Distribution/Amazon Prime/ZDF/Germany

9/11: Inside the President’s War Room

Wish/Art Films/APPLE TV+ /BBC One/UK

The Reason I Jump

MetFilm Production/Picturehouse Entertainment/Netflix/UK

Surviving 9/11

Top Hat Productions/Keshet International/BBC Two/UK

News and Current Affairs

India’s Rape Scandal

Quicksilver Media/Channel 4/PBS Frontline/UK

Panorama: The Missing Princess


Myanmar Coup: Digital Resistance

NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)/Japan

The Return: Life After ISIS

Alba Sotorra Productions, MetFilm/Sky Documentaries/UK

Storming the Capitol: The Inside Story


Taliban – the Police, the Thief and the Runaway Wife

Horisont, Danish Broadcasting Corporation/DR, Danish Broadcasting Corporation/DR1, Danish Broadcasting Corporation/Denmark

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