CBC's Dragons' Den has been named best reality program at the Banff World Television Festival.
The non-fiction Rockies, awards given for TV excellence, were handed out Monday in Banff, Alta.
Dragons' Den, a reality program where aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts and products to a panel of Canadian business moguls, was chosen ahead of five other international programs. The competition, all from the U.K., included Don't Tell the Bride, Take Me Out, The Cube, The Money Drop and Undercover Boss.
The CBC series, in its sixth season, has made stars of dragons such as Kevin O'Leary and W. Brett Wilson.
Remote Control War, aired on CBC Doc Zone, won a Rockie in the political documentary category. The film about robots in the military was made by Zoot Pictures with DocBot Films.
A francophone Canadian documentary, Architects of Change, took the prize for best environmental documentary.
The BBC dominated many of the other non-fiction categories. Its wins include:
- Arts and performing arts program: Vincent Van Gogh Painted with Words.
- Investigative and current affairs program: Zimbabwe's Forgotten Children.
- Wildlife and natural history program: Human Planet.
- Popular science and technology program: Wonders of the Solar System.
American winners included MTV's World of Jenks and HBO's Sergio, about UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello and youth program TeenNick HALO Awards 2010 on Nickolodeon.
Sergio, based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning book, went on to take the grand jury prize on Tuesday.
Awards for drama, comedy and other fiction programs were given out on Sunday.