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UK FAMILY FAVOURITE TAKES ON CONTROVERSIAL NEWCOMER AT ROSE D’OR TV AWARDS

Female Stars from Traditional Sitcom ‘My Family’ and the Surreal ‘Nighty Night’ Go Head-To-Head for Best Sitcom Actress Award

London 29 April 2005. Zoë Wanamaker, one of the UK’s best-loved actresses is up for the Best Sitcom Actress Award at next week’s Rose d’Or TV Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. Her nomination comes for her portrayal of Susan Harper in the highly successful BBC1 show My Family . Zoë is up against Julia Davis, who has been on an award-winning streak recently for her role in the dark comedy ‘Nighty Night’ for BBC THREE.

Can Zoë stop Julia’s winning run?

These nominations are for two contrasting roles, in two starkly different sitcoms.

My Family, produced by UK indie DLT Entertainment in association with Rude Boy Productions and now in its fifth series, is a traditional sitcom format, focusing on the lives of the Harper family. It is a feel-good show, which is up beat, highly entertaining and is loved by the UK audience, often receiving viewing figures topping 11 million. Susan is a wife and mother; she is intelligent, sharp, witty and something of a control freak who somehow, against the odds, keeps the family ticking along.

My Family is also nominated for a Rose d’Or in the Sitcom category and will be looking to beat eight other shows, including Nighty Night, The Worst Week of My Life, Shane, Max & Paddy’s Road To Nowhere and Still Game from the UK plus two German offerings and one from Denmark.

The awards ceremony takes place on Saturday 7 May, 2005.

British comedy stars dominate the Sitcom categories at the awards, with comedic genius Peter Kay nominated for Max & Paddy’s Road To Nowhere and David Mitchell getting a nomination for Peep Show. Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams are up for Best Male Comedy Performance – competing against Germany’s Bastian Pastewka.

Green Wing actress Pippa Haywood is in the running for a best comedy performance prize against Scottish actress Karen Dunbar, the star of her own comedy series for BBC Scotland, The Karen Dunbar Show. Outgoing GM:TV presenter Eamonn Holmes has also received a nomination for fronting the BBC’s spelling format Hard Spell.

For further information please contact Jo Hyland at Premier PR
Tel + 44 (0) 20 7292 8331 Fax +44 (0) 20 7734 2024
Email: jo@premierpr.com

Notes to Editors:
With offices in London, New York and Los Angeles, DLT Entertainment Ltd. is engaged in every aspect of television distribution and production around the world, as well as stage production in the US and in the UK.

Founded in 1963 as a distribution company by Don Taffner Senior, the company added television production to its portfolio in 1977. DLT Entertainment has enjoyed terrific success over the last forty plus years with legendary hits including the multiple award-winning sitcom My Family, As Time Goes By, Three’s Company, Too Close For Comfort and Meet My Folks. In addition DLT has built a reputation as a leading distribution company with classics such as The Benny Hill Show, The World at War, The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood and The Russ Abbot Show.

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