News: British Comedy Awards Nominations

Adam Hills

The British Comedy Awards 2013 nominations have just been revealed with Adam Hills picking up three nods. The feelgood Australian is in the running for three prizes - Breakthough Artist and Best Entertainment Personality while his topical chat show The Last Leg is up for Best Entertainment Programme.  Hospital comedy Getting On is also linked to three awards, with the programme up for Best Sitcom and Vicki Pepperdine and Jo Brand up against each other for Best Comedy Actress. Count Arthur Strong is up for two awards with his creator Steve Delaney up for a third.

The winner of the Best New Comedy Programme will be revealed at The British Comedy Awards Nomination Show on C4 on December 4 at 10.45pm. The other winners, along with the winner of the King or Queen of Comedy Public Vote, will be announced next Wednesday, December 12 in the live C4 broadcast, hosted by Jonathan Ross. There will also be three special awards given out on the night; The British Comedy Outstanding Achievement Award, The Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award and the award for International Achievement.

Good to see Fresh Meat doing so well with Jack Whitehall and Zawe Ashton being in the running, but overall it does not look like the freshest of years, with a lot of familiar names from previous awards cropping up again. The Best Female TV Comic category is particularly thin. Mel & Sue's nomination is for their work on the not particularly comedic Great British Bake Off, while Nina Conti is nominated for her appearance on Live At The Apollo. The awards might just as well have nominated Bridget Christie for her appearance on The Alternative Comedy Experience. It would have been nice if The Alternative Comedy Experience had got some recognition. At least we might have seen some different faces on the podium that way.


Best Comedy Panel Show

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, C4
A League of Their Own, Sky
Have I Got News For You, BBC
Would I Lie To You, C4

Best Comedy Entertainment Programme

Alan Carr Chatty Man, C4
Saturday Night Takeaway, ITV
The Graham Norton Show, BBC
The Last Leg, C4

Best Sketch Show

Harry & Paul, BBC
Horrible Histories, BBC
It's Kevin, BBC
Psychobitches, Sky

Best Sitcom

Bad Education, BBC
Count Arthur Strong, BBC
Getting On, BBC
Peep Show, C4

Best New Comedy Programme

Count Arthur Strong, BBC
Cuckoo, BBC
Plebs, ITV
Psychobitches, Sky

Best Male TV Comic

David Mitchell, Would I Lie To You, BBC
James Corden, A League of Their Own, Sky
Jon Richardson, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, C4
Lee Mack, Would I Lie To You, BBC

Best Female TV Comic

Miranda Hart, Room 101, BBC
Nina Conti, Live At The Apollo, BBC
Sarah Millican, The Sarah Millican Television Programme, BBC
Sue Perkins & Mel Giedroyc, The Great British Bake Off, BBC

Best Comedy Entertainment Personality

Adam Hills, The Last Leg, C4
Alan Carr, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, C4
Ant & Dec, Saturday Night Takeaway, ITV
Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show, BBC

Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist

Adam Hills, The Last Leg, C4
Jonny Sweet, Chickens, Sky
Steve Delaney, Count Arthur Strong, BBC
Tom Basden, Plebs, ITV

Best TV Comedy Actor

David Mitchell, Peep Show, C4
Greg Davies, Cuckoo, BBC
Jack Whitehall, Fresh Meat, C4
Kevin Eldon, It's Kevin, BBC

Best TV Comedy Actress

Jo Brand, Getting On, BBC
Miranda Hart, Miranda, BBC
Vicki Pepperdine, Getting On, BBC
Zawe Ashton, Fresh Meat, C4



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