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Monday 22nd December 2014

There was almost too much new TV on this Monday to watch it all. You can catch-up below...

High Hopes. Image shows from L to R: Charlie Jenkins (Oliver Wood), Charlie Jenkins (Oliver Wood), Richard Hepplewhite (Robert Blythe), Mam Hepplewhite (Margaret John), Dwayne Hoffman (Steven Meo). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

High Hopes returns

BBC Wales sitcom High Hopes is to return in 2015 for a new special. Read

NATYS - New Act Of The Year Comedy Awards.

Not enough good newcomers?

The New Acts Of Year 2015 organisers have complained the comedy circuit is not delivering enough good acts. "What's going wrong?". Read

Patrick Monahan.

Leicester Festival trip

Need an Xmas gift idea? How about getting your friend a ticket for a trip from London to Leicester Comedy Festival and back on 7th Feb, with comedy on route? Read

The Boy In The Dress. Referee (David Walliams). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Video: David Walliams

A preview clip of David Walliams as a camp referee in The Boy In The Dress. Watch

Drunk History. Image credit: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Drunk History

Drunk History starts on the 12th January. Here's a trailer featuring Rob Beckett talking after a fair few beers. Watch

Last Of The Summer Wine. Image shows from L to R: PC Cooper (Ken Kitson), PC Walsh (Louis Emerick). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Cooper & Walsh

The fundraising page (including a video) for Cooper & Walsh, a spin-off featuring the police from Last Of The Summer Wine. Crowd Funder

The Inbetweeners 2. Image shows from L to R: Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas), Will MacKenzie (Simon Bird), Jay Cartwright (James Buckley), Neil Sutherland (Blake Harrison). Image credit: Bwark Productions.

DVD Chart

The current DVD chart is: (1) Frozen (2) The Inbetweeners 2 (3) Mrs Brown's Boys (4) Lee Evans. Official Chart Company

Count Arthur Strong. Image shows from L to R: Sinem (Zahra Ahmadi), Count Arthur Strong (Steve Delaney), Michael Baker (Rory Kinnear), Bulent (Chris Ryman). Image credit: Retort.

Count Arthur Strong trailer

The new series of Count Arthur Strong starts on BBC One on Tuesday 6th January. Here's a preview: Watch

Sunday

 

TV Catch-Up

Catch up on these new TV episodes from Monday's schedule...

Brian Pern

Brian Pern

The final episode of the series follows Brian as he records a charity record in aid of bi-polar polar bears.

iPlayer   Guide

Never Mind The Buzzcocks

Never Mind The Buzzcocks

X-Factor judge Louis Walsh, Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, comedian Lloyd Langford and Melissa Steel take part in a Christmas-themed show.

iPlayer   Guide

Some Girls

Some Girls

Amber is in charge of the girls' Prom night plans. Anna ropes Viva in to organise prom night decorations against her will. Holli has finally got enough money to buy back her Mum's jewellery before her Dad gets out of prison, but it proves more complicated than she thought.

iPlayer   Guide

Derek

Derek

As Broad Hill prepares for the wedding of the year, Kev's behaviour proves too much for Hannah. Vicky prepares to fill her shoes, while Derek tries to hold the home together.

4oD   Guide

John Bishop's Christmas Show

John Bishop's Christmas Show

An all singing, all dancing festive spectacular. John Bishop is joined on stage at the Dominion Theatre in London's West End by some of the most exciting names in music and comedy.

iPlayer   Guide

The Wrong Mans

The Wrong Mans

Sam and Phil are blasted back to zero again. 4,000 miles from home, Phil is relishing the chance to reinvent himself but Sam pines for his old life...

iPlayer   Guide

Stella

Stella

Enjoy a festive fix of Ruth Jones's hit comedy drama. When Michael has to head home for the holidays, Stella throws herself into work on the hospital's children's ward.

Sky Go   Guide

Would I Lie To You?

Would I Lie To You?

David Mitchell is joined by Ray Winstone and Josh Widdicombe, and Lee Mack is joined by Rachel Riley and Ricky Tomlinson.

iPlayer   Guide

Trollied

Trollied

It's charity day at Valco and everyone's doing their little bit to help.

Sky Go   Guide

 

Radio Catch-Up

Here is a list of new radio episodes that went out on Monday. Catch-up via iPlayer...

Good Omens

Good Omens

Realising they have been protecting and corrupting the wrong child, Aziraphale and Crowley set out to discover what happened to the real son of Satan.

iPlayer Radio   Guide

Good Omens

Good Omens

The demon Crowley is tasked with the delivery of a baby to St Beryl's hospital.

iPlayer Radio   Guide

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

A visit to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury for Graeme Garden, Susan Calman, Tony Hawks and John Finnemore, with Jack Dee in the chair.

iPlayer Radio   Guide

Start/Stop

Start/Stop

The three couples prepare for Christmas, with all the bitterness and twistedness this time of year brings, featuring offensive presents, boastful Christmas cards and sledging accidents.

iPlayer Radio   Guide

Britain Versus The World

Britain Versus The World

The new comedy panel game show that features a team of British comedians competing against a team of comics from overseas, all overseen by the mostly impartial Irishman Ed Byrne.

iPlayer Radio   Guide

Sunday
2015 British comedy survey

2015 British comedy survey

A comedy survey has been launched, aiming to collect the thoughts of comedy fans across the UK. Details

20 festive comedy videos

20 festive comedy videos

The internet has been busy creating lots of funny festive video sketches. Here's 20 of the best from 2014. Watch

Christmas Puns

Christmas Puns

UK Pun Champion Darren Walsh has written us some festive jokes. There's a couple of drawings too. Read

BBC New Comedy Award 2014

BBC New Comedy Award 2014

Lee Ridley, a stand-up comedian with cerebral palsy, has won the BBC New Comedy Award 2014. Read

Richard Osman podcast

Richard Osman podcast

Pointless star Richard Osman joins Richard Herring for an entertaining chat. Watch or listen here: Listen

New Christmas Cracker jokes

New Christmas Cracker jokes

The winners of UKTV Gold's Christmas Cracker joke competition have been announced. Read the top 10: Read

No Pressure To Be Festive

No Pressure To Be Festive

Alistair Barrie and Nick Revell host a festive edition of the No Pressure To Be Funny political podcast. Listen

Pun Championships 2015

Pun Championships 2015

Check out some of the puns from the comedians who will take part in the UK Pun Championships 2015. Read

Christmas TV Guide 2014

Christmas TV Guide 2014

A list of 25 festive comedy specials to look out for between now and 2015. There's lots of treats ahead: Read

Christmas Gift Guide 2014

Christmas Gift Guide 2014

Shopping for gifts? We've plenty to choose from in our Christmas selection, from books to DVDs. Browse

Channel 4 pilot Space Ark

Channel 4 pilot Space Ark

Channel 4 has commissioned Space Ark, a new sci-fi sitcom pilot about a crew living on a spaceship. Read

BBC Comedy's 2015 plans

BBC Comedy's 2015 plans

Boomers and Citizen Khan will both return for another series, as the BBC outlines its plans for comedy in 2015. Read

Win Fools & Horses costumes

Win Fools & Horses costumes

We've got some official Only Fools And Horses fancy dress costumes to give away. Del Boy and Rodney. Enter

Joke Thieves interview

Joke Thieves interview

Will Mars talks about his 'bulletproof' live comedy format Joke Thieves. It's on tour and heading for TV. Read

Olivia Colman's new sitcom

Olivia Colman's new sitcom

Olivia Colman and Julian Barrett are to star in Flowers, a sitcom pilot about 'the ultimate dysfunctional family'. Read

Bob Monkhouse documentary

Bob Monkhouse documentary

UKTV Gold is to show Bob Monkhouse: The Million Joke Man, a three-part series presented by Paul O' Grady. Read

Toast Of London Series 3

Toast Of London Series 3

Channel 4 has ordered a third series of Toast Of London, its hit new comedy series starring Matt Berry. Read

Brian Pern interview

Brian Pern interview

Simon Day and Rhys Thomas, the creators of Brian Pern: A Life In Rock, talk about the second series. Read

Educating Bitchfield pilot

Educating Bitchfield pilot

Early Doors stars John Henshaw and Mark Benton are amongst the cast for the Educating Bitchfield pilot. Read

Shop Newsletter

Shop Newsletter

We've relaunched our Shop Newsletter. Why not have a read through to see what catches your eye? Read

British comedy art

British comedy art

Check out some unique artworks inspired by classic British comedy shows like Blackadder and The Young Ones. View

Simon Evans interview

Simon Evans interview

Simon Evans has just made his first stand-up DVD. He chats with Si Hawkins about all things comedy. Read

Drunk History series

Drunk History series

Comedy Central orders a series in which comedians get very drunk and attempt to tell historical tales. Read

Almost Royal gets Series 2

Almost Royal gets Series 2

Almost Royal the prank show involving two actors pretending to be royalty, is to return for a 2nd series. Read

Winston Churchill facts

Winston Churchill facts

Happy 140th birthday to Winston Churchill. Here's some funny videos which reveal 10 'facts' about him. View

New Arthur Mathews sitcom

New Arthur Mathews sitcom

Father Ted and Toast co-writer Arthur Mathews is developing a new BBC sitcom about bailiffs. Read

Richard Gadd interview

Richard Gadd interview

A discussion with 'troubled comedian' Richard Gadd about topics such as mining one's life for material. Read

Julian Clary's kids books

Julian Clary's kids books

Julian Clary has signed a two book deal with a publishing company to write children's novels. Read

Phoenix Nights to return

Phoenix Nights to return

Peter Kay's much loved sitcom Phoenix Nights will return as a live stage show in January. Read

My Mad Fat Diary S3

My Mad Fat Diary S3

The comedy drama about a 16-year-old with weight and mental health problems is to return. Read

British Comedy Awards

British Comedy Awards

Who do you think will win at the British Comedy Awards? Have a guess on our interactive website. Enter

Rebecca Front podcast

Rebecca Front podcast

Rebecca Front chats to Richard Herring about some of her comedy acting roles in this episode of RHLSTP. Listen

Virtually Famous returns

Virtually Famous returns

E4 has commissioned 2 new series of panel show Virtually Famous, focusing on internet celebrities. Read

BBC Xmas offerings

BBC Xmas offerings

The BBC has announced its Christmas comedy offerings. Amongst the shows is the end of hit sitcom Miranda. Read

British Comedy Awards K&Q

British Comedy Awards K&Q

Voting for the British Comedy Awards 2014 King or Queen category has launched. Pick from 6: Read

So On & So Forth series

So On & So Forth series

The comedy troupe So On And So Forth have been given their own BBC Radio 4 sketch show series. Read

Lee Evans quits comedy

Lee Evans quits comedy

Lee Evans, one of the UK's best known stand-ups, has unexpectedly announced he is to retire from comedy. Read

Jason Manford interview

Jason Manford interview

Jason Manford explains why his new DVD is making people soil themselves, and he talks about his club chain. Read

What is a joke? - Part 2

What is a joke? - Part 2

Dave Cohen prepares Big Comedy Conference delegates with an attempt to explain EVERY type of joke. Read

Sarah Millican podcast

Sarah Millican podcast

Sarah Millican chats to Richard Herring in the latest episode of his podcast series. It's a funny chat. Listen

Paddy McGuinness sitcom

Paddy McGuinness sitcom

Paddy McGuinness is to return to comedy acting with a role in ITV's new midwife sitcom, The Delivery Man. Read

Where are the older comics?

Where are the older comics?

Comedy sketch duo Flip and Maggie ask 'Where are the people, particularly women, of our age in comedy?' Read

I Live With Models series

I Live With Models series

Comedy Central has confirmed the commission of a new studio sitcom. It's called I Live With Models. Read

Taking Liberties comedies

Taking Liberties comedies

The BBC has ordered comedies for its Magna Carta season, including a new Horrible Histories episode. Read

Laughing Horse finalists

Laughing Horse finalists

The 15 finalists involved in the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2014 competition are listed here: Read

What is a joke?

What is a joke?

An article in which Dave Cohen looks at the structure of a joke, and explains how Aristotle got there first. Read

Eddie Izzard autobiography

Eddie Izzard autobiography

Eddie Izzard is to write his memoirs. He has signed a book deal with a US publishing company. Read