Princely couple shine on Monte-Carlo Television Festival’s blue carpet

The 2024 Monte-Carlo Television Festival ended with a bang, featuring four world premieres, over 200 VIP guests and a glamourous blue carpet appearance by Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II, who presented an Honorary Golden Nymph to legendary actor and director Olivier Marchal.  

Celebrities and stars of the small screen walked the blue carpet for the final evening of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival at the Grimaldi Forum on Tuesday 18th June. The night was a celebration of all the great work done in the industry over the past year and gave recognition to those whose projects stood out from the crowd. 

Hosted by French actress Laury Thilleman and TV and radio star Vincent Niclo, the closing ceremony was also the scene of the presentation of the truly international Golden Nymph Awards, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival’s most prestigious prizes. 


Prince Albert II personally handed the Honorary Golden Nymph to director and actor Olivier Marchal, whose 35-year career all started when he was working as a policeman and taking acting lessons on the side.  

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Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II awarded the Honorary Golden Nymph to legendary actor and director Olivier Marchal (third from right). Photo credit: Stéphane Danna

“I was thrilled to present special distinctions, recognising their talent and outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry, to both Olivier Marchal and Morgan Freeman,” said the Prince. “I send my sincere congratulations to the laureates and all the nominees of the Golden Nymphs competition, which celebrates the very best international scripted and factual programming.” 

See more: Morgan Freeman: “It felt really nice to receive such a great honour from Prince Albert”

Winners in the fiction category included Swedish offering Little Did I Know for Best Film, The UK’s The Gathering for Best Series and Madam from New Zealand for Best Creation. 

The Best Actress award went to Eva Morgan for The Gathering, while her co-star, Warren Brown, won Best Actor. The Jury Special Prize went to the Israeli drama Night Therapy.  

Helgoland from Germany nabbed the BetaSeries Public Prize, and the AMADE Prize was taken home by Sweden’s chilling Mines of Death. The Monaco Red Cross Prize went to The Law of the Sea, a dramatic film from Spain about the selflessness of a group of people who risked their lives to save refugees stranded in the Mediterranean. The Prince Rainier III Special Prize was awarded to Germany’s How Extreme Will The Weather Be, Sven Plöger?, a documentary on the El Niño phenomenon and its effects on the planet.  

The News and Documentary category saw the Best News Programme award go to France’s La Guerre de l’Info: Israel/Hamas, while The UK’s Ukraine’s War: The Other Side won Best Documentary. The Special Jury Prize went to Italy’s Broken Dream.  

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Photo credit: Stéphane Danna