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Thursday, 7 March, 2002, 16:53 GMT
Pop Idol battles Norton at Montreux
Graham Norton
Norton is no stranger to award ceremonies
Pop Idol and Bafta-winner Graham Norton will fight it out at the Golden Rose Festival for best variety show.

The shows are just two of the UK entries at the prestigious television festival to be held in Montreux, Switzerland, in April.

In total, 36 UK shows have been nominated for awards including Harry Hill's TV Burp, Smack the Pony and My Family.

The ratings success of ITV's Pop Idol has ensured it a place on the shortlist where it will compete with dating show Perfect Match, Travel Sick and So Graham Norton.

The ITV talent search Popstars, which created the pop group Hear'Say, won a Silver Rose award at last year's festival. La Rose d'Or, or Golden Rose, is decided by the Grand Jury and awarded to the best entertainment programme from the winners of all the categories.

Gimme, Gimme. Gimme
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme made the move from BBC Two to BBC One
The sitcom section features BBC One's Sunday evening comedy My Family, Ardal O'Hanlon's much-maligned My Hero, Gimme Gimme Gimme and Los Dos Bros which premièred on E4.

Comedy shows recognised for 2002 include The Frank Skinner Show, Alistair McGowan's Big Impression and animation satire 2DTV.

Gameshow host

Robbie Williams gets two nominations in the music show category for his One Night With Robbie Williams special and Robbie Williams - Cologne.

He is up against the series Walk On By: The Story of Popular Song and Just One of Those Things.

In a separate category for gameshows a couple of less-than-successful quizzes have made it onto the list.

Robert Kilroy-Silk's Shafted was touted by ITV as its big new gameshow but it failed to ignite the viewers' imagination and was quickly dumped from primetime schedules.

Climax

Newsreader Kirsty Young's outing as a quiz host also faired badly as The People Versus was also given the push.

Lenny Henry
Lenny Henry in Pieces was hailed a winner in 2001
Lining up alongside these are Temptation Island, Make My Day and the Channel 4 cult hit Banzai.

Three UK entries have made the arts and specials shortlist including the Omnibus on Harry Potter author JK Rowling and Derren Brown - Mind Control.

The awards will be presented as a climax to the Golden Rose Festival which runs between 23-28 April.

In total, 25 countries compete for award glory.

Last year's big winner was Lenny Henry in Pieces, a one-off sketch show which has since been turned into a full series by Tiger Aspect.

See also:

07 Mar 02 | TV and Radio
Golden Rose 2002: UK nominees
14 May 01 | TV and Radio
Bafta triumph for Channel 4
30 Apr 01 | TV and Radio
Golden Rose for Henry
14 May 01 | TV and Radio
Graham Norton: So naughty but nice
30 Apr 01 | TV and Radio
BBC cleans up at radio Oscars
09 May 00 | Entertainment
BBC admits Royle mistake
06 Apr 01 | TV and Radio
Race awards recognise diversity
28 Apr 99 | Entertainment
UK blossoms at Golden Rose awards
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