The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2006
Here are the results of the first Comedy.co.uk Awards, the results of which were determined by a public vote on this website. Congratulations to the winners, commiserations to the losers, and vice versa on the 'worst' awards.
Best New British TV Sitcom 2006
The IT Crowd
The IT Crowd, written by Father Ted co-creator Graham Linehan, burst onto Channel 4 in a blaze of publicity in February 2006. Some said it was a poor attempt at recreating the success of Craggy Island's insane inhabitants, but others loved the return to a studio-based setup, lapping up the show's gentle look into the nerdy world of computers. You voted with your modems to make this geeky comedy the Best New Sitcom of 2006.
Worst New British TV Sitcom 2006
Bo In The USA
This Bo! Selecta spin-off from Leigh Francis was clearly not welcomed by readers of this website - you voted it the 19th best new sitcom of 2006 (out of 19!). We've not heard anyone say anything positive about this show, so it is perhaps not surprising that it walks away with the title of Worst New Sitcom of 2006.
Best Returning British TV Sitcom 2006
Green Wing (Series 2)
One of the most successful and popular comedies of the past decade earnt the title of Best Returning Sitcom in 2006, despite not really being a true sitcom (although that's a debate for another day). We bloody loved it, so are very happy with this result. It's not too surprising a winner though we have to say; whilst many fans thought series two wasn't quite as good as the 2004 original, they all agreed it was still one of the funniest shows for years.
Worst Returning British TV Sitcom 2006
My Hero (Series 6)
The BBC makes an in-road into our 2006 Awards by picking up the Worst Returning Sitcom 2006 for the somewhat disappointing 6th series of its otherwise mainstream-pleasing and not actually all that bad sitcom My Hero. Obviously James Dreyfus taking over the lead role from Ardal O'Hanlon didn't have the effect the BBC hoped it would - you, our readers, voted it the sitcom you'd most like to see go away (and it did - series 6 was indeed the last).
Best British TV Sketch Show 2006
That Mitchell And Webb Look
This sketch show is a reasonably successful TV adaption of the duo's hit (and very funny) Radio 4 sketch series That Mitchell And Webb Sound. We wish more sketch shows would take a leaf out of Mitchell & Webb's book and focus on creating classic one-off sketches rather than repeating the same un-funny situations again and again (see the next category).
Worst British TV Sketch Show 2006
We're not really surprised about this result. Although this BBC Three sketch show did have the odd amusing moment, it just didn't cut the proverbial mustard. The girls stretched too many of their ideas beyond breaking point. Tittybangbang is not quite as deserving of this particular accolade as some of the other nominees we feel (editor Mark is still glaring at a certain nominee beginning with the letter 'B'), but we feel its not entirely unfair either. Tittybangbang = Worst Sketch Show 2006.
Best British TV Panel Show / Satire 2006
Quite Interesting (QI)
It was a very close call between the eventual winner, BBC Two's QI, and the contender in the shape of BBC One's monolith Have I Got News For You. So well done to the guys at QI for grabbing the hypothetical crown and running away with Best TV Panel Show 2006. It's great to see intelligent comedy on TV that doesn't rely on overly scripted gags or cheap put downs. Much of the credit must go to Stephen Fry and Alan Davis for making QI so much fun.
Worst British TV Panel Show / Satire 2006
Best Of The Worst
Best of the Worst by name. Worst of the Worst by nature. Sorry guys! This quickly forgotten C4 panel show featured some big names (Alexander Armstrong, David Mitchell and Johnny Vaughan) and had a few laughs, but it could never hope to live up to the wit of its BBC rivals or the sheer army of comedians, lead by Jimmy Carr, that Channel 4 attracted to its sister panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats.
Comedy Of The Year 2006
A second win for the irrepressible Green Wing in this year's poll. It takes the ultimate accolade and crowning crown of the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2006 - the award which says "this was the best comedy of 2006".
Yes, here at the BCG, we enjoyed GW throughout its entire run, and so are more than happy to name it as the first ever winner of our Comedy Of The Year award!
British Comedy Guide Editors' Award 2006
The Complete Guide To Parenting
Each year the editors of the British Comedy Guide hand out one additional award to the show, person, channel, or indeed anything else comedy related we think deserves some recognition.
We chose to give the inaugural award to ITV's The Complete Guide To Parenting. Although this sitcom wasn't a huge success, or even that well remembered, we here at the BCG enjoyed it, and think that it was unfairly disadvantaged by poor advertising and iffy scheduling. It also marked ITV's first real move into the sitcom genre for a number of years, and taking that alone into consideration, it was a bloody good attempt. We really felt that this was a nicely staged return to good-old British humour and farce, with a little modern twist to polish it off, and some subtle but truly laugh-out-loud lines sprinkled in for good measure. Understated but very funny, and a style we'd like to see more of (editors note: Outnumbered arrived the next year).
Additional 2006 Awards
In this first year of the awards we also asked readers to pick the best and worst sitcom special. The best was the final The Vicar Of Dibley - 12.3 million watched Geraldine finally attend a wedding in a dress rather than a dog collar. The worst was The Green Green Grass Christmas special. As David Mitchell appeared in so many of the nominated comedies in 2006 we also, for a bit of fun, asked our readers what they thought were David's best and worst comedies that year. You decided the best thing he starred in during 2006 was That Mitchell And Webb Look, whilst Channel 4 sketch show Blunder was something he should have avoided.
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The organisers of London Sketchfest ponder why there's hardly any sketch shows on TV nowadays. Read
John Bishop will present a new eight-part comedy and entertainment variety show on BBC One on Saturday nights. Read
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Jim Howick will star in Stag, a comedy thriller for BBC Two from The Wrong Mans director Jim Field Smith. Read
BBC Two has commissioned Mum, a new sitcom from the writer and producers of hit BBC Three sitcom Him & Her. Read
Kevin Eldon, Johnny Vegas, Kim Cattrall, Vic Reeves and Frank Skinner star in four physical comedies on Sky Arts. Read
Top comedy writers Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin introduce their new political sitcom, Ballot Monkeys. Read
Channel 4 is bringing back its Alternative Election Night format on 7th May, with Jeremy Paxman & David Mitchell. Read
Robert Ross celebrates the memories of Frankie Howerd and Benny Hill, who died on Easter weekend 1992. Read
We talk to one of the writers of Lynda Bellingham sitcoms Second Thoughts & Faith In The Future, now on DVD. Read
Now on a nationwide tour, we talked to Lee Nelson about his plans for the future, politics, and his new look. Read
Channel 4 has ordered a fourth series of Robert Popper's award-winning sitcom Friday Night Dinner. Read
Short Com is open for comedy film submissions for its 2015/2016 touring schedule of screenings. Read
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