'Wat als?' wins Golden Rose
The absurd comic sketch programme ‘Wat als’ What if has won a Golden Rose award for best international comedy programme in Brussels. The programme’s second season, televised by the commercial broadcastor VTM’s second network 2BE, was up against the two British programmes, Cardinal Burns produced by the digital broadcaster E4 and the BBC 3 show The revolution will be televised. “When you compete with British comedy you don’t have expect much, so we were happy just to be nominated. Winning the Golden Rose has exceeded all our expectations,” said Tim Van Aelts, director and owner of the production house Shelter. The response from 2BE, which televised the comedy’s second season earlier this year, has been equally positive. “When Shelter proposed the programme to us we were immediately taken,” says network manager Lieve Vyverman. “We are proud to see the unique potential of 'Wat als?' and its creativity achieve international recognition. This means there will certainly be a third season.” This is the second Golden Rose for Shelter, who walked away with two Roses for Benidorm Bastards three years ago: one for best comedy programme and one for best television programme in 2010. The only other production to receive this honour was De Mol, produced by Woestijnvis, in 2000. The Golden Rose is the second international TV award won by 'Wat als?' in a matter of weeks. Earlier this month it won the Intermedia Globe Gold Award in Hamburg and next week it will contend on the BANFF festival in Canada. 'Wat als?' was also nominated for an International Emmy Award last year.