British Academy Television Award for Best Comedy (Programme or Series)

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British Academy Television Award
Country United Kingdom
Presented by British Academy of Film and Television Arts
First awarded 1980 (presented in 1981)
Official website

The British Academy Television Award for Best Comedy Programme or Series was first presented at the 1981 ceremony.

Since the 2000 BAFTA TV Award ceremony there has been a separate award category for Best Situation Comedy. This category had previously been presented from 1973-1980 (when there was no Best Comedy Series award). Throughout the 1980s and 1990s 'Situation Comedies' were included in the Best Comedy Programme or Series category.

Name variations for this category:

  • 1981–1992: Best Comedy Series
  • 1992–2007: Best Comedy Programme or Series
  • 2007–2013: Best Comedy Programme
  • 2014–2016: Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme
  • 2017–present: Best Scripted Comedy Programme





Note: In BAFTA production categories, entrants are asked to submit no more than four names to be listed as nominees should the programme be nominated. If it is not possible to decide on four names the nomination credit is listed as "production team", in these cases no individual can refer to themselves as BAFTA winning. It will be the programme that is BAFTA winning, not any individual.