The British Comedy Society is dedicated to preserving and fostering the tradition of British comedy. We organise blue plaques, awards and charitable fundraising events in honour of the greatest successes of British comedy.

BCS Chariman Gareth Hughes, Director Georgy Jamieson and Treasurer John Gatenby

Changes at the BCS

Monday 24th November 2014, 1:30pm

The British Comedy Society is delighted to announce that we have appointed a new director to our management team, PR specialist and comedy fan Georgy Jamieson (pictured, with our founders, Chairman Gareth Hughes and Treasurer John Gatenby).

Georgy's appointment follows the resignation of James Hogg in September. A writer of biographies including those of Kenny Everett and Ernie Wise, James moves on to focus on areas outside of comedy and we wish him all the best in the future.

The Society's other directors are Chariman and co-founder Gareth Hughes; Treasurer and co-founder John Gatenby; David Fitzgerald; actress Jenny Hanley; Jane Wharam; and British Comedy Guide co-owner Aaron Brown.

Event update

Friday 20th June 2014, 9:00pm

Due to a combination of circumstances beyond our control, it has been decided with great regret that the our blue plaque event on Sunday 13th July in honour of Sir Donald Sinden will not take place.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will be refunding all ticket purchases as soon as possible.

Donald Sinden receiving his CBE in 1979

Sir Donald Sinden

Tuesday 3rd June 2014, 6:00pm

The British Comedy Society is excited to formally announce that it will be dedicating a blue plaque at its hall of fame to the prolific and highly respected actor Sir Donald Sinden in July.

The plaque will be unveiled in the society's Hall of Fame at the prestigious Pinewood Studios on Sunday 13th July, in aid of The Royal Theatrical Fund.

Born in 1923, Sir Donald's impressive career spans film, stage, television and radio, across all genres. Active in the theatre from the early 1940s and in film from 1948, he became a staple of the Rank Organisation, based at Pinewood Studios, through the 1950s and 1960s, starring in more than 20 films for the company.

Alongside his first love of live theatre - where Sinden became a noted farceur - he starred in a number of television series. Throughout the 1980s Sir Donald starred opposite Windsor Davies in Never The Twain, and was much loved as stiff-upper-lipped butler Robert in LWT sitcom Two's Company during the latter half of the 1970s.

Sir Donald Sinden hopes to be in attendance for the unveiling of this plaque, featuring remarks from a host of celebrities and to be followed by a sparkling afternoon tea, a film of the great man's life and a charity auction. The events are due to begin at 2pm.

Tickets cost £40 for members of the British Comedy Society, and £45 for guests. To book or for further details, contact John Gatenby:

Annual membership of the British Comedy Society, with benefits including ticket discounts to all our events throughout the year, costs just £18.

BCS chairman Gareth Hughes and celebrity guests honour Patricia Routledge

Our latest Living Legend: Patricia Routledge

Friday 24th January 2014, 7:00pm

The BCS was delighted to honour the wonderful Patricia Routledge on Sunday 19th January 2014 by presenting her with its Living Legend Award.

After discussing her incredible career in musical theatre with Edward Seckerson in front of a packed audience, BCS Chairman Gareth Hughes (pictured with Patricia; Keeping Up Appearances co-star Clive Swift; Seckerson; and producer/director Harold Snoad) joined Patricia on stage at the Charing Cross Theatre to pay tribute to her work in comedy and particularly for her iconic role in Keeping Up Appearances in the 1990s.

Gareth Hughes said: "Patricia has brought joy to millions with her work in comedy and particularly as Hyacinth Bucket, and is now known the world over for this star performance - she well deserves this Award alongside the other Living Legends, June Whitfield, Ken Dodd and Barry Cryer."

Keeping Up Appearances co-star Clive Swift presented Patricia with the Award on-stage. During a drinks reception after the show, Keeping Up Appearances producer Harold Snoad, co-star Josephine Tewson, Joanna Lumley and Michael Pennington, founder of the English Shakespeare company, also all sang the praises of this great lady.

Proceeds from the day are being donated to Patricia's chosen beneficiary, Variety, the Children's Charity.

BCS director Gareth Hughes and the THT Gala Events team

Terrence Higgins Trust receives Kenny Everett funds

Friday 29th November 2013, 5:45pm

Earlier this month, British Comedy Society Chairman Gareth Hughes (pictured, centre) presented the Terrence Higgins Trust with £2,100, raised from our recent intimate fundraising event in memory of entertainer and broadcaster Kenny Everett.

The Trust say: "£200 is the average Hardship Fund grant given to help someone living with HIV facing severe poverty and hardship. £1,000 covers the cost of one of our six week groupwork courses for 8 people living with HIV. Just £10 pays for an HIV testing kit. With this donation we can offer help to people with HIV, in their greatest time of need. We thank everyone at the British Comedy Society for their generosity and kindness."

Gareth Hughes said: "We are delighted that once again we can benefit an extremely worthwhile charitable cause through the events which we hold and I am sure Kenny would have been very happy with our contribution to THT today. It is so important that our paying guests and members know where their contributions go and to see how they assist others less fortunate."

Patricia Routledge

Living Legend: Patricia Routledge

Tuesday 12th November 2013, 3:30pm

The British Comedy Society is delighted to announce that we will be presenting a Living Legend award to actress Patricia Routledge, on Sunday 19th January 2014 at the Charing Cross Theatre (WC2N 6NL).

The award will be presented during Edward Seckerson's interview with Patricia as part of his Singular Sensations series at the theatre. Edward, the former presenter of Radio 3's long-running series, Stage and Screen, will be showing clips from Patricia's work in musical theatre and will chat to her about her career as an actress and singer. And what a career! A Tony and Olivier award winner, Patricia has trodden the boards from the RSC to Broadway and starred in TV, radio and film, creating unforgettable characters such as Hetty Wainthrop, Kitty and, of course, Hyacinth Bucket!

During the afternoon, BCS members and their guests will enjoy carefully-selected seats for this fascinating 'encounter', which will be followed by a private reception with wine and canapés in the piano bar, where guests can mingle with Patricia, Edward and other celebrity guests, as well as their BCS friends.

Tickets for the 2:30pm event are priced at £40 for BCS members, and £45 for guests, all in aid of Patricia's chosen charity, Variety, the Children's Charity. To book or for further details, contact John Gatenby:

Annual membership of the British Comedy Society, with benefits including ticket discounts to all our events throughout the year, costs just £18.

New website

Monday 30th September 2013, 5:00pm

The British Comedy GuideThe British Comedy Society would like to welcome all to our new website, courtesy of The British Comedy Guide - aka

We remain separate organisations but are excited to now be working together in our shared love of British comedy across the decades, celebrating its greatest successes and most influential figures; documenting, promoting and preserving British comedy in all of its forms.

Kenny Everett

Kenny Everett

Monday 16th September 2013, 9:00am

We are thrilled to confirm that on Saturday 14th September 2013, we unveiled our latest blue plaque, dedicated to the broadcasting legend, radio innovator and comic entertainer Kenny Everett, outside his former home in South Kensington.

Kenny was loved by successive generations of youths and adults alike for his anarchic humour and mold-breaking radio broadcasts, as one of the DJs aboard legendary pirate station Radio London; one of the first names on Radio 1; an original member of the team at Capital Radio; and later at Capital Gold.

The blue plaque was unveiled by Kenny's "soul-mate" and co-star from The Kenny Everett Television Show, Cleo Rocos, with Barry Cryer, Mike Batt, Paul Gambaccini and others also in attendance.

The unveiling was followed by the launch of a brand new biography of Everett by James Hogg and Robert Sellers, Hello, Darlings!, and a lunch reception, talks and charity auction in aid of the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Here is a BBC Radio 2 and 4 news report of the unveiling, by Paul Rowley: