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As television’s best-lubricated and worst-mannered awards ceremony, the British Comedy Awards are often the most fun to watch. While boisterous comics make amusing thank you speeches or heckle each other, it can take all of Jonathan Ross’s sangfroid to keep proceedings under control.
This year you could be forgiven for not having seen some of the most nominated programmes. For instance, not many tuned in to E4’s beautifully acted sketch show Cardinal Burns, but it gets nods for three awards, and quite right, too. Sky Atlantic’s little-watched Hunderby is up for two. Even BBC2’s The Thick of It (three), while a triumph, was no ratings blockbuster.
Other shining comic talents include Harry Hill (for the farewell series of
TV Burp) and the wondrous Olivia Colman, who gets not one but two nominations as best comedy actress. If she doesn’t win for one of them,
there should be a stewards’ inquiry.
Jonathan Ross hosts the live annual ceremony as the industry gathers to honour the best comedy actors, actresses, entertainment personalities and newcomers, along with the pick of the year's TV and film comedies. Last year Twenty Twelve won Best Sitcom, and Best Comedy Panel Show went to Shooting Stars. Darren Boyd and Miranda Hart were recognised for their small-screen performances, and Lee Evans received the Channel 4 Award for Special Contribution to Comedy. Who will take home the coveted prizes tonight?
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