ABC’s You Can’t Ask That has won a prestigious Rose d’Or Award in Berlin, picking up Best Reality and Factual Entertainment Program.
It beat entries from Belgium and the United Kingdom, including This Time Next Year. Australia’s only other entry Here Come the Habibs lost to stiff competition in the UK’s Fleabag.
Aaron Smith, director and co-producer, stated after the win that “this show started from a small idea that then grew to be recognised on a global scale. You Can’t Ask That, 100% relies on the graciousness and bravery of the participants who are kind enough to lend their voice. We wish to say thank you to those who put their trust in us.”
The internally-produced ABC series has sold internationally, and is on the way to becoming the ABC’s biggest format hit.
David Anderson, Director Television, ABC said: “You Can’t Ask That is a great example of the distinctive, relevant and valued content that the ABC can create and share with all Australians and has also resonated with audiences all over the world. To have this kind of international recognition is tremendous and our congratulations to all involved.”
You Can’t Ask That Production Credits: An ABC production. Series Produced and Directed by Kirk Docker and Aaron Smith. ABC Executive Producer Lou Porter.
2017 Rose d’Or winners:
Reality & Factual Entertainment
• You Can’t Ask That – Australia
• Young Men – United Kingdom, Balletboyz Ltd.
• Bigheads – United Kingdom, Primal Media
• Stasera Casamika (Tonight At Mika’s Home) – Italy
Children & Youth
• Anti Bully Club – The Netherlands
• Fleabag – United Kingdom
• Henry Ix – United Kingdom
• Nobel – Peace At Any Cost – Norway
• The Verdict – Germany
• The Enemy – France
Entertainer Of The Year
• James Corden
Lifetime Achievement Award
• Dame Angela Lansbury