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British Comedy Guide
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Screenshot of the British Comedy Guide homepage on 15 January 2016.
Type of site
Online British comedy TV, radio and film guide. Host of British comedy podcasts.
OwnerMark Boosey and Aaron Brown
URL http://www.comedy.co.uk/
RegistrationRequired to post (free)
LaunchedAugust 2003
Current statusActive

British Comedy Guide or BCG (formerly the British Sitcom Guide or BSG) is a British website covering all forms of British comedy, across all media. [1] [2] At the time of writing, BCG has published guides to more than 7,000 individual British comedies - primarily TV and radio situation comedy, sketch shows, comedy dramas, satire, variety and panel games. Other notable features on BCG include a news section, a message board, interviews with comedians and actors, a series of comment and opinion articles, a searchable merchandise database, and a section offering advice to aspiring comedy writers. The website also runs The Comedy.co.uk Awards and hosts several podcast series, some of which have won awards.

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Reportedly, British Comedy Guide attracts over 500,000 unique visitors a month, making it Britain's most-visited comedy-related reference website. [1] [3]

Background

The logo for the British Comedy Guide between 11 May 2009 - 1 January 2011. British Comedy Guide Logo.jpg
The logo for the British Comedy Guide between 11 May 2009 – 1 January 2011.
The BCG logo between 2 January 2011 and 15 January 2016. British Comedy Guide (logo).jpg
The BCG logo between 2 January 2011 and 15 January 2016.

The website was founded in August 2003 as the British Sitcom Guide (BSG), a website devoted to British sitcom TV programmes. The website was established by Mark Boosey, a freelance web developer, originally as a hobby. [1] However, in 2008, it was decided to expand the remit of the website to cover all forms of British comedy, and thus the BSG was re-launched as British Comedy Guide or BCG, and has continued to expand since this point.

Other features added since the site's re-launch in 2008 as British Comedy Guide include a series of podcasts, a section featuring interviews with people working in the British comedy industry and a Twitter-based news service.

The website went through another relaunch in 2016, where it underwent a re-design of the layout, a new logo, and increased coverage of online comedy and people working in British comedy.

In 2015, BCG's data specialist Ian Wolf was awarded the inaugural "Unsung Hero" at the first FringePig Ham Fist awards for his work collating reviews during that year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. [4]

Key people

RefJoinedPersonJob Title(s)
[5] 2003Mark BooseySite Editor
[6] 2005Aaron BrownSite Editor
[7] 2006Ian Dunn (aka Ian Wolf)Data Specialist
[8] 2009Si HawkinsRegular Columnist

Podcasts

BCG hosts a range of podcasts, some of which have gone on to win awards. As It Occurs To Me was nominated for a Sony Radio Academy Award in 2010, [9] Do The Right Thing won the Bronze Sony Award for "Best Internet Programme" in 2012, [10] Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown won the 2012 Loaded Lafta award for "Best Podcast", [11] and Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast won the Bronze Sony Radio Award for comedy in 2013. [12]

In June 2013, an episode of Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast saw host Richard Herring interviewing Stephen Fry, in which Fry revealed that he had attempted to commit suicide. The story was also reported widely across the media, including the BBC and Sky News. [13] [14]

The podcasts hosted by BCG are: [15]

NameYear
The Collings and Herrin Podcast 2008-2011
Richard Herring: As It Occurs To Me 2009-2011
What Are You Laughing At?2011–Present
Richard Herring's Edinburgh Fringe Podcast 2011–Present
Me1 vs Me2 Snooker with Richard Herring 2011–Present
Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown2011–Present
Do The Right Thing2011–Present
Talking Cock With Richard Herring 2012–2013
Live From Kirrin Island2012–Present
Mat Ricardo's London Varieties2012–Present
No Pressure To Be Funny2011–Present
Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast 2012–Present
The John Dredge Nothing To Do With Anything Show2013–Present
The Comedian's Comedian with Stuart Goldsmith 2013–Present
Richard Herring: We're All Going To Die2013–Present
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Podcasts2015–Present
Sitcom Geeks2015–Present
My Dad Wrote a Porno 2015–Present
ManBuyCow2015–Present
Richard Herring: Happy Now?2016–Present
Isy Suttie's The Things We Do For Love2016–Present
The Adventures of Grett Binchleaf2016–Present
Hayley & Ruth: Two Stars2016–Present

The Comedy.co.uk Awards

In January 2007, the website launched The British Sitcom Guide Awards, which were later renamed The British Comedy Guide Awards and are now known as The Comedy.co.uk Awards. [16] The awards are notable for allowing the public to choose the winners via an online poll, but with no shortlist - all broadcast programmes are available to choose. This differs from the British Comedy Awards which relies on broadcasters to put their programmes forward for nomination, and only uses a small panel of judges to determine the results. Additionally, The Comedy.co.uk Awards seeks to name not just the winners, but the worst programme in each category too. [17]

In order to be considered for a Comedy.co.uk Award, a programme must be a British comedy which has had at least one new episode broadcast on British TV or radio between 1 January and 31 December of the previous year. The only exception is shows which span across the new year, in which case it is nominated only in the first of the years. [16]

Up until the 2015 awards the visitors taking part in the poll are asked to give three votes in each category: one to their favourite show, one to their second favourite show, and one to their least favourite show. The vote for "top favourite" scores two points for the selected programme, and a vote for a "second favourite" scores one. The comedy programme with the most points is declared the winner in that category. The show which receives the highest number of "worst" votes is declared the worst comedy in that category. The 2016 awards change format, removing the "worst" categories, and people voting for the top three programmes, with their favourite show scoring three points, their second favourite two points, and their third favourite one point. In the first week of voting all comedies from the year could be voted on, in the second week the six most popular shows in every category formed a shortlist.

All of the awards are voted for by the website's users except one, the British Comedy Guide Editors' Award, which is an award voted for just by the controllers of the guide, and is given "to the show, person, channel, or indeed anything else comedy related that deserves some recognition." [18]

2006

The first awards were presented in January 2007 and were known at the time as The British Sitcom Guide Awards 2006, but have since been renamed. Below are the awards. [18]

AwardBestWorst
New British TV Sitcom The IT Crowd Bo! in the USA
Returning British TV Sitcom Green Wing (Series 2) My Hero (Series 6)
British TV Sitcom Special The Vicar of Dibley The Green Green Grass
British TV Sketch Show That Mitchell and Webb Look Tittybangbang
British TV Panel Show / Satire QI Best of the Worst
Best and Worst of David Mitchell That Mitchell and Webb Look Blunder
Comedy Of The YearGreen WingN/A
Editors' Award The Complete Guide to Parenting N/A

2007

The second awards were presented in January 2008, originally under the title The British Sitcom Guide Awards 2007. Below are the results. [19]

AwardBestWorst
New British TV Sitcom Gavin & Stacey The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle
Returning British TV Sitcom Peep Show (Series 4) Hyperdrive (Series 2)
British TV Sitcom Special Extras To the Manor Born
British TV Sketch Show The Armstrong and Miller Show The Catherine Tate Show
British TV Panel Show / SatireQI And Then You Die
Comedy Of The Year The IT Crowd Tittybangbang
Editors' Award Outnumbered N/A

2008

The third awards were presented in January 2009 and were the first to include radio shows. The 2008 awards were known as the British Comedy Guide Awards 2008, but were renamed in 2009 to reflect the website's new URL. Below are the awards. [20]

AwardBestWorst
New British TV Sitcom The Inbetweeners Lab Rats
Returning British TV SitcomOutnumbered (Series 2) Coming of Age (Series 2)
British Radio Sitcom Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency The Lost Weblog of Scrooby Trevithick [fn 1]
British TV Sketch Show Harry and Paul Little Miss Jocelyn
British Radio Sketch Show Laura Solon: Talking and Not Talking Tilt [fn 2]
British TV Panel Show / Satire Harry Hill's TV Burp The Wall
British Radio Panel Show / Satire The Now Show Act Your Age
Comedy Of The Year Peep Show Coming of Age
Editors' Award Bleak Expectations N/A

2009

The fourth awards were presented in January 2010. Below are the results. [17] [21]

AwardBestWorst
New British TV Sitcom Psychoville Big Top
Returning British TV SitcomPeep Show (Series 6) Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (Series 8)
British Radio Sitcom Bleak Expectations Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!
British TV Sketch ShowThat Mitchell and Webb Look Horne & Corden
British Radio Sketch Show That Mitchell and Webb Sound Ayres on the Air
British TV Panel Show / Satire QI Celebrity Juice
British Radio Panel Show / Satire I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue The Christian O'Connell Solution
Comedy Of The Year The Thick of It Horne & Corden
Editors' Award Horrible Histories / Sorry I've Got No Head N/A

2010

The fifth awards were presented in January 2011. Below are the results. [22]

AwardBestWorst
New British TV Sitcom The Trip Trinny & Susannah: From Boom To Bust
Returning British TV SitcomPeep Show (Series 7)Coming of Age (Series 2)
British Radio Sitcom Another Case of Milton Jones N/A
British TV Sketch ShowThat Mitchell and Webb Look Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights
British Radio Sketch Show Sarah Millican's Support Group N/A
British TV Panel ShowQICelebrity Juice
British Radio Panel Show I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue N/A
British TV Entertainment Show Newswipe with Charle Brooker James Corden's World Cup Live
British Radio Entertainment Show French and Saunders N/A
British TV Comedy Drama Misfits Shameless
Comedy of The Year Miranda Mrs Brown's Boys
Editors' Award Roy Clarke N/A

2011

The sixth awards were presented on 23 January 2012. [23] Below are the results. [24]

AwardBestWorst
New British TV Sitcom Spy Mrs. Brown's Boys
Returning British TV Sitcom Absolutely Fabulous (2011 Special)Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (Series 9)
British Radio Sitcom Cabin Pressure N/A
British TV Sketch ShowHorrible Histories Lee Nelson's Well Good Show
British Radio Sketch Show John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme N/A
British TV Panel Show Would I Lie To You? Celebrity Juice
British Radio Panel Show The Unbelievable Truth N/A
British TV Entertainment Show The Graham Norton Show The Ricky Gervais Show (animated series)
British Radio Entertainment ShowFrench and SaundersN/A
British TV Comedy Drama Fresh Meat Shameless
Comedy of The YearHorrible HistoriesMrs. Brown's Boys
Editors' Award Sky Television N/A

2012

The seventh awards were presented on 21 January 2013. [25] Below are the results. [26]

AwardBestWorst
New British TV Sitcom Hebburn Lemon La Vida Loca
Returning British TV SitcomMiranda (Series 3)Mrs. Brown's Boys (Series 3)
British Radio Sitcom Bleak Expectations N/A
British TV Sketch ShowHorrible Histories Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy
British Radio Sketch ShowJohn Finnemore's Souvenir ProgrammeN/A
British TV Panel ShowQI Chris Moyles' Quiz Night
British Radio Panel ShowI'm Sorry I Haven't a ClueN/A
British TV Entertainment ShowThe Graham Norton ShowN/A
British Radio Entertainment Show Mark Steel's in Town N/A
British TV Comedy DramaFresh MeatShameless
Comedy of The YearMirandaN/A
Editors' Award Threesome N/A

2013

The eighth awards were presented on 20 January 2014. [27] Below are the results. [28]

AwardBestWorst
New British TV Sitcom The Wrong Mans The Wright Way
Returning British TV SitcomThe IT Crowd (Final special)Mrs. Brown's Boys (Series 4)
British Radio Sitcom Cabin Pressure N/A
British TV Sketch ShowHorrible Histories Lee Nelson's Well Funny People
British Radio Sketch ShowThat Mitchell and Webb SoundN/A
British TV Panel ShowWould I Lie to You?Celebrity Juice
British Radio Panel ShowI'm Sorry I Haven't a ClueN/A
British TV Entertainment ShowThe Graham Norton Show That Puppet Game Show
British Radio Entertainment Show Susan Calman is Convicted N/A
British TV Comedy DramaFresh MeatShameless
Comedy of The YearWould I Lie to You?The Wright Way
Editors' Award ITV N/A

2014

The ninth awards were presented on 26 January 2015. [29] Below are the results. [30]

AwardBestWorst
New British TV Sitcom Detectorists Catherine Tate's Nan
Returning British TV SitcomMiranda (Final specials)Mrs. Brown's Boys (2014-15 specials)
British Radio SitcomCabin PressureN/A
British TV Sketch ShowHorrible HistoriesNoel Fielding's Luxury Comedy
British Radio Sketch ShowJohn Finnemore's Souvenir ProgrammeN/A
British TV Panel ShowWould I Lie to You?Celebrity Juice
British Radio Panel ShowI'm Sorry I Haven't a ClueN/A
British TV Entertainment ShowThe Graham Norton Show Dapper Laughs: On the Pull
British Radio Entertainment ShowSusan Calman is ConvictedN/A
British TV Comedy Drama Inside No. 9 Jonathan Creek
Comedy of The YearCabin PressureDapper Laughs: On The Pull
Editors' Award Blandings N/A

2015

The tenth awards were presented on 1 February 2016. Below are the results. [31]

AwardBestWorst
New British TV Sitcom Peter Kay's Car Share Hoff the Record
Returning British TV SitcomPeep Show (Series 9)Mrs. Brown's Boys (2015-16 specials)
British Radio Sitcom John Finnemore's Double Acts N/A
British TV Sketch ShowHorrible Histories The Keith Lemon Sketch Show
British Radio Sketch Show Dead Ringers N/A
British TV Panel ShowWould I Lie to You?Celebrity Juice
British Radio Panel ShowI'm Sorry I Haven't a ClueN/A
British TV Entertainment ShowThe Graham Norton Show Keith Lemon's Back T'Future Tribute
British Radio Entertainment ShowMark Steel's in TownN/A
British TV Comedy DramaInside No. 9 A Gert Lush Christmas
Comedy of The YearPeter Kay's Car ShareMrs. Brown's Boys
Editors' Award Ballot Monkeys N/A

2016

The 11th awards will be presented on 23 January 2016. Below are the nominations and winners. [32]

Best New TV SitcomBest Returning TV Sitcom
Best Radio SitcomBest TV Sketch Show
Best Radio Sketch ShowBest TV Panel Show
Best Radio Panel ShowBest TV Entertainment Show
Best Radio Entertainment ShowBest TV Comedy Drama
Comedy of the YearEditors' Award
Red DwarfN/A

2017

The 12th awards were presented on 29 January 2017. Below are the nominations and winners. [33]

Best New TV SitcomBest Returning TV Sitcom
Best Radio SitcomBest TV Sketch Show
Best Radio Sketch ShowBest TV Panel Show
  • Austentatious
  • Dead Ringers
  • Harry And Paul Present: The Gentlemen's Club
  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme
  • Kevin Eldon Will See You Now
  • Newsjack
Best Radio Panel ShowBest TV Entertainment Show
  • Fighting Talk
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
  • Just a Minute
  • The Museum of Curiosity
  • The News Quiz
  • The Unbelievable Truth
Best Radio Entertainment ShowBest TV Comedy Drama
Comedy of the YearN/A
Inside No. 9N/A

2018

The 13th awards were presented on 4 February 2019. Below are the nominations and winners. [34]

Best New TV SitcomBest Returning TV Sitcom
  • Peter Kay's Car Share (Finale special)
  • Friday Night Dinner (Series 5)
  • Not Going Out (Series 9)
  • Still Game (Series 8)
  • This Country (Series 2)
  • Upstart Crow (Series 3)
Best Radio SitcomBest TV Sketch Show
Best Radio Sketch ShowBest TV Panel Show
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
  • Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule
  • Have I Got News for You
  • Mock the Week
  • QI
  • Would I Lie to You?
Best Radio Panel ShowBest TV Entertainment Show
  • Fighting Talk
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
  • Just a Minute
  • The Museum of Curiosity
  • The News Quiz
  • The Unbelievable Truth
Best Radio Entertainment ShowBest TV Comedy Drama
Comedy of the YearN/A
Inside No. 9N/A

2019

The 14th awards were presented on 27 January 2020. Below are the nominations and winners. [35]

Best New TV SitcomBest Returning TV Sitcom
  • Derry Girls (Series 2)
  • Fleabag (Series 2)
  • Gavin & Stacey (2019 Christmas Special)
  • Mrs. Brown's Boys (2019 Specials)
  • Not Going Out (Series 10)
  • Still Game (Series 9)
Best Radio SitcomBest TV Sketch Show
  • Clare In The Community
  • Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!
  • Ed Reardon's Week
  • The Missing Hancocks
  • The Shuttleworths
  • Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang Ups
Best Radio Sketch ShowBest TV Panel Show
  • The Absolutely Radio Show
  • Dead Ringers
  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme
  • Kevin Eldon Will See You Now
  • Little Britain
  • Newsjack
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
  • Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule
  • Have I Got News for You
  • Mock the Week
  • QI
  • Would I Lie to You?
Best Radio Panel ShowBest TV Entertainment Show
  • Breaking the News
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
  • Just a Minute
  • The Museum of Curiosity
  • The News Quiz
  • The Unbelievable Truth
  • Frankie Boyle's New World Order
  • The Graham Norton Show
  • Michael McIntyre's Big Show
  • Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing
  • Taskmaster
  • The Last Leg
Best Radio Entertainment ShowBest TV Comedy Drama
  • Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar
  • Andy Hamilton Sort Of Remembers
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage
  • Mark Steel's in Town
  • Susan Calman Makes Me Happy
  • The Tim Vine Chat Show
Comedy of the YearN/A
Good OmensN/A

2020

The 15th awards were presented on 8 February 2021. Below are the nominations and winners. [36]

Best New TV SitcomBest Returning TV Sitcom
  • After Life (Series 2)
  • Friday Night Dinner (Series 6)
  • Ghosts (Series 2)
  • Not Going Out (Series 11)
  • The Goes Wrong Show (Series 2)
  • This Country (Series 3)
Best Radio SitcomBest TV Sketch Show
Best Radio Sketch ShowBest TV Panel Show
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
  • Have I Got News for You
  • Mock the Week
  • QI
  • Would I Lie to You?
  • The Big Fat Quiz of the Year
Best Radio Panel ShowBest TV Entertainment Show
  • Breaking the News
  • Fighting Talk
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
  • The Museum of Curiosity
  • The News Quiz
  • The Unbelievable Truth
Best Radio Entertainment ShowBest TV Comedy Drama
  • Cold Feet
  • Inside No. 9
  • Last Tango In Halifax
  • Sex Education
  • Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators
  • Worzel Gummidge
Comedy of the YearN/A
After LifeN/A

Footnotes

  1. This show did collect the most votes, but too few were cast overall in order to provide a definitive "winner". [20]
  2. This show did collect the most votes, but too few were cast overall in order to provide a definitive "winner". Suspicion was also raised that a significant number of the negative votes may have been cast by users who had unsuccessfully submitted material for the series, and were voting against it as an act of revenge rather than as a fair reflection of its quality. [20]

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