British Comedy Guide

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British Comedy Guide
British Comedy Guide (logo).jpg
British Comedy Guide.jpg
Screenshot of the British Comedy Guide homepage on 2 January 2011.
Web address http://www.comedy.co.uk/
Type of site
Online British comedy TV, radio and film guide. Host of British comedy podcasts.
Registration Required to post (free)
Owner Mark Boosey
Launched August 2003
Current status Active

The 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, the BCG has published guides to more than 1,200 individual British comedies - primarily TV and radio situation comedy, sketch shows, comedy dramas, satire, variety and panel games. Other notable features on the 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.

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

Background[edit]

The logo for the British Comedy Guide between 11 May 2009 - 1 January 2011.

The website was founded in August 2003 as the British Sitcom Guide (BSG),[4] a website devoted to British situation comedy 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 The British Comedy Guide, and has continued to expand since this point.

Other features added since the site's re-launch in 2008 as The 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.

Key People[edit]

Ref Joined Person Job Title(s)
[5] 2003 Mark Boosey Site Editor
[6] 2005 Aaron Brown Site Editor
[7] 2006 Ian Dunn (aka Ian Wolf) Data Specialist
[8] 2009 Si Hawkins Regular Columnist

Podcasts[edit]

The 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 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 the BCG are:[15]

Name Year
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 Slamdown 2011–Present
Do The Right Thing 2011–Present
Talking Cock With Richard Herring 2012–2013
Live From Kirrin Island 2012–Present
Mat Ricardo's London Varieties 2012–Present
No Pressure To Be Funny 2011–Present
Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast 2012–Present
The John Dredge Nothing To Do With Anything Show 2013–Present
The Comedian's Comedian with Stuart Goldsmith 2013–Present
Richard Herring: We're All Going To Die 2013–Present

The Comedy.co.uk Awards[edit]

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]

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.

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[edit]

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]

Award Best Worst
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 Year Green Wing N/A
Editors' Award The Complete Guide to Parenting N/A

2007[edit]

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

Award Best Worst
New British TV Sitcom Gavin and 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 / Satire QI And Then You Die
Comedy Of The Year The IT Crowd Tittybangbang
Editors' Award Outnumbered N/A

2008[edit]

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]

Award Best Worst
New British TV Sitcom The Inbetweeners Lab Rats
Returning British TV Sitcom Outnumbered (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[edit]

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

Award Best Worst
New British TV Sitcom Psychoville Big Top
Returning British TV Sitcom Peep 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 Show That 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[edit]

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

Award Best Worst
New British TV Sitcom The Trip Trinny & Susannah: From Boom To Bust
Returning British TV Sitcom Peep Show (Series 7) Coming of Age (Series 2)
British Radio Sitcom Another Case of Milton Jones N/A
British TV Sketch Show That Mitchell and Webb Look Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights
British Radio Sketch Show Sarah Millican's Support Group N/A
British TV Panel Show / Satire QI Celebrity Juice
British Radio Panel Show / Satire 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 Horrible Histories Mrs Brown's Boys
Editors' Award Roy Clarke N/A

2011[edit]

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

Award Best Worst
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 Show Horrible Histories Lee Nelson's Well Good Show
British Radio Sketch Show John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme N/A
British TV Panel Show / Satire Would I Lie To You? Celebrity Juice
British Radio Panel Show / Satire The Unbelievable Truth N/A
British TV Entertainment Show The Graham Norton Show The Ricky Gervais Show (animated series)
British Radio Entertainment Show French and Saunders N/A
British TV Comedy Drama Fresh Meat Shameless
Comedy of The Year Horrible Histories Mrs. Brown's Boys
Editors' Award Sky Television N/A

2012[edit]

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

Award Best Worst
New British TV Sitcom Hebburn Lemon La Vida Loca
Returning British TV Sitcom Miranda (Series 3) Mrs. Brown's Boys (Series 3)
British Radio Sitcom Bleak Expectations N/A
British TV Sketch Show Horrible Histories Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy
British Radio Sketch Show John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme N/A
British TV Panel Show / Satire QI Chris Moyles' Quiz Night
British Radio Panel Show / Satire I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue N/A
British TV Entertainment Show The Graham Norton Show N/A
British Radio Entertainment Show Mark Steel's in Town N/A
British TV Comedy Drama Fresh Meat Shameless
Comedy of The Year Miranda N/A
Editors' Award Threesome N/A

2013[edit]

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

Award Best Worst
New British TV Sitcom The Wrong Mans The Wright Way
Returning British TV Sitcom The IT Crowd (Final special) Mrs. Brown's Boys (Series 4)
British Radio Sitcom Cabin Pressure N/A
British TV Sketch Show Horrible Histories Lee Nelson's Well Funny People
British Radio Sketch Show That Mitchell and Webb Sound N/A
British TV Panel Show / Satire Would I Lie to You? Celebrity Juice
British Radio Panel Show / Satire I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue N/A
British TV Entertainment Show The Graham Norton Show That Puppet Game Show
British Radio Entertainment Show Susan Calman is Convicted N/A
British TV Comedy Drama Fresh Meat Shameless
Comedy of The Year Would I Lie to You? The Wright Way
Editors' Award ITV N/A

Footnotes[edit]

  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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "About the British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  2. ^ http://listorious.com/UKComedyNews
  3. ^ "Mark Boosey". Such Small Portions. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  4. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20050404031803/http://www.sitcom.co.uk/
  5. ^ "Mark". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  6. ^ Brown, Aaron. "Aaron Brown". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Wolf, Ian. "Ian Wolf". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  8. ^ Hawkins, Si. "Circuit Training". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Sony Radio Award nominees announced". British Comedy Guide. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Sony Radio Academy Award 2012: Best Internet Programme". Sony Radio Academy Awards. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Mann, Andrea (9 February 2012). "The Laftas 2012: Who Won What At Loaded Magazine's Comedy Awards". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Sony Radio Academy Award 2013: Best Comedy". Sony Radio Academy Awards. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Stephen Fry reveals he attempted suicide in 2012". BBC News. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Stephen Fry Reveals 2012 Suicide Attempt". Sky News. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Podcasts". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "The Comedy.co.uk Awards". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 May 2009. 
  17. ^ a b http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2010/01/25/10388/horne_%26_corden_win_awards
  18. ^ a b "The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2006". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 May 2009. 
  19. ^ "The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2007". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 May 2009. 
  20. ^ a b c "The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2008". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 May 2009. 
  21. ^ "The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2009". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  22. ^ "The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2010". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  23. ^ "Winners of The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2011 announced". British Comedy Guide. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2011". British Comedy Guide. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  25. ^ Brown, Aaron (23 January 2013). "Miranda picks up top Comedy.co.uk Awards titles". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  26. ^ "The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2012". British Comedy Guide. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  27. ^ "Comedy fans name 'Would I Lie To You?' best show of 2013". British Comedy Guide. 20 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  28. ^ "The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2013". British Comedy Guide. 20 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 

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