The British Comedy Awards air live tonight on Channel 4, hosted by Jonathan Ross at London’s Fountain Studios.
The cream of British comedy will assemble to find out who’s triumphed across 11 categories and who will be crowned the King or Queen of Comedy 2011 in an award voted for by the public.
Last year’s winner, Miranda Hart, is nominated again, alongside Jo Brand, Sarah Millican, David Mitchell, Graham Norton and Jack Whitehall.
Mitchell and Hart also go head to head in the best sitcom category, having starred in Peep Show and Miranda respectively. Robert Popper’s new series, Friday Night Dinner, about a weekly family gathering, and Twenty Twelve, a mockumentary following the staging of the London Olympics, are also nominated.
Friday Night Dinner and Twenty Twelve both feature in the best new British TV comedy category, along with university-based comedy Fresh Meat, starring Jack Whitehall, and Spy, featuring Darren Boyd as an inept secret agent.
Fresh Meat also appears among the best comedy drama nominees, along with Comic Strip Presents: The Hunt for Tony Blair, Misfits and Psychoville.
Still in the middle of its run, Charlie Brooker’s satirical series, Black Mirror, misses out on a nomination, but Brooker himself appears in the best male TV comic and best comedy entertainment personality categories.
Meanwhile, children’s show Horrible Histories gets a nod, competing with Come Fly with Me, The One Ronnie and This Is Jinsy for best sketch show.
See below for the full list of categories and nominees and vote for your King or Queen of comedy in our just-for-fun poll.
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