The Roses Winners

BBC1 Controller, Danny Cohen overall winner of the Roses Older People in the Media Awards

BBC1 Controller, Danny Cohen, was last night crowned the overall winner of the Independent Age and Barchester Healthcare Roses Awards for his “brave” and “groundbreaking” season of BBC1 documentaries: When I’m 65.

The series, which aired on primetime TV this summer and explored the issues and concerns facing older people today, saw Cohen beat off stiff competition to become the winner of winners. The evening recognised and rewarded the best examples of coverage, across all media, concerning older people’s issues; from news reporting, through to photojournalism and the best portrayals of older people in films or TV drama.

The trophy was one of 10, given out in a glittering ceremony, held in centralLondonand hosted by broadcaster and journalist, Janet Street-Porter.

Geraldine Bedell, Editor of Gransnet and Chair of Judges for the Roses Media Awards, explained the reasons behind the judge’s choice: “We were delighted by the number and quality of submissions and nominations for this year’s Roses Awards, but Danny Cohen’s decision to air this series on primetime TV was a brave, brave move. We were blown away by the series, which showed how amazing, astonishing and delightful older people can be. It was that much more difficult to be prejudiced after watching these programmes, which drew attention to the contribution older people make as well as showing some of the issues they face. With its When I’m 65 season, the BBC has succeeded in encouraging much wider debate about older people in society.” 

The winners of the Roses Awards are: 

1)Best factual newspaper or magazine article about older people’s issues

Winner: Yours Magazine: The NHS needs more compassion not more money / Are you listening Mr Lansley? / Jury still out on hospital care issue by Joy Harris and Laura Bradder

Highly commended: Times 2: Won’t give up the day job, by Daisy Greenwell


2)Best use of photography to illustrate older people’s issues

Winner: Happy at 100, by Karsten Thormaehlen, images published in the Guardian

Highly commended Reflections: Elderly people as they see themselves, by Tom Hussey, published on the English Group blog


3)Best factual radio programme about older people’s issues

Winner: BBC RadioKent: Julia George, on caring/on planning for old age care/would you rather die than have dementia?


4) Best factual new media/social media content about older people’s issues

Winner: The Kings Fund Blog

Highly commended: Alex Fox’s Blog: Shared Lives Plus

5)Best coverage of issues around dementia and/or social care (Barchester special award)

Winner: BBC2: Louis Theroux – Extreme Love: Dementia

Highly commended: The Independent: Dealing with dementia: “My dad was treated like lost luggage on a carousel,” by Arifa Akbar


6) Best provision of advice and information through the media to older people (Independent Age special award)

Winner: Paul Lewis for both the Paul Lewis Money blog and Money Box

Highly commended: Yours Magazine: Sharing the Caring – special feature looking into social care issues, by Rosie Sandall


7) Best factual TV programme about older people’s issues

Winner: BBC1: How to live beyond 100


8) Best older person’s character in a film, TV or radio drama (Gransnet special award, voted on by the readers of Gransnet)

Winner: Maggie Smith for Violet, Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey


9) ‘The Thorn Award’: worst example of stereotyping, factual error or misleading information in the coverage of older people’s issues.

Winner: David Cameron vs Dennis Skinner: The Prime Minister advises the veteran MP to take his pension and, on a separate occasion, refers to him as a dinosaur


10) The ‘Rose Hacker Award’: overall contribution to the debate on older people’s issues.

Winner: Danny Cohen for BBC1’s When I’m 65 season