C4 sitcom The Inbetweeners wins Rose d'Or TV award

Inbetweeners stars Joe Thomas, Simon Bird, Blake Harrison and James Buckley The Inbetweeners tells of four teenagers who face humiliation and social exclusion at school

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Channel 4 show The Inbetweeners has been named best sitcom at the prestigious Rose d'Or television festival in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Another British show, BBC3 documentary Blood, Sweat and Takeaways, was named best reality and factual entertainment.

Special awards were also given to X Factor mogul Simon Cowell and long-running ITV soap Coronation Street.

The Golden Rose award for Best of 2010 went to Benidorm Bastards, a Belgian comedy show involving hidden cameras.

The awards came at the end of the festival which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

The event was originally held in the Swiss city of Montreux but has been held in Lucerne since 2004.

Former GMTV presenter Ben Shephard hosted Wednesday's awards ceremony alongside German TV star Nazan Eckes.

Celebrities present included former Countdown regular Carol Vorderman, former Big Breakfast presenter Gaby Roslin and former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

Events at this year's festival included a live edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, hosted by Chris Tarrant.

Cowell did not travel to Switzerland to receive his award for outstanding contribution to entertainment television.

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