Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the questions we are regularly asked...

When will the comedy I'm interested in be released on DVD?

Take a look at our coming soon page - that is a complete list of all the new DVD releases that have been announced. If you can't see the DVD on the list then we're not sure when it will be released. For more advice type the comedy name into our shop search

Will there be another series of the comedy I like?

If it isn't on our returning comedy list we can't yet say whether it will be back. Sometimes the commissioners take quite a while to decide if a show is returning. Read our programme guide for the comedy you're interested in to see if there is any mention of the show perhaps coming back.

I'd like to include some of your content on my website / homework. Can I use it?

Maybe, it depends. Please check with us first. This is because in some cases we will need to check with the copyright owner. In certain situations we will not be able to share our exclusive content, but the majority of the time we'll normally be quite happy for you to take a copy. But please do check first!

Where can I get recent audience figures (TV ratings)?

For the last few years we have been trying to record audience ratings in our episode guides. If you can't find what you're looking for there, Media Guardian has a daily column which provides last night's figures (known as 'overnights'). It's archived too so you can search it too.

Can I go and watch my favourite comedy being filmed?

It depends. Some comedies have a 'closed set', but those that do record in front of a live audience you can apply for free tickets to. Tickets are issued on a first-come first-served basis via various booking websites. See our tickets page for the shows that are currently being recorded. Note: Sometimes TV companies will issue more tickets than there are seats available... this is to ensure they still have a packed studio in the event some people don't turn up. Therefore having a ticket doesn't guarentee you entry. The earlier you can get to the studio the better!

Who runs this website?

For more about The British Comedy Guide see our about page. Mark is the founder of the website and the main Editor. The team also includes Aaron and Ian.

How is this website funded?

Everything on this website really is free to use. Madness isn't it. Our costs are paid for through the money made from the adverts. The British Comedy Guide is also funded via Digital Mark Limited.

I want to write comedy...

Our Make It area will answer all your writing related questions, from getting an agent to where to send your script.

I'd like to write for your website...

We'd love your help! See our contributors page for more information.

Where can I find out more about an actor / actress?

Google is an obvious starting place. IMDb.com is also definitely worth checking out. It lists all the main TV and film roles for every actor.

How do I get an autograph or contact an actor?

If you'd like to get an autograph, the easiest thing to do is buy one off an auction website like eBay. However watch out for fakes! If you'd like a personalised autograph from a comedy star you'll need to contact their agent or, if you'd like an entire cast photo, you'd need to talk to the production company. Production company details can be found via our programme guides, and actors' agents can be found via spotlight.com

How to I appear / act in a comedy show?

This is too big a question for us to answer. We suggest looking at acting websites. Be warned: it is quite hard to get on screen, you normally need to be an established actor already. Some comedies are on the look out for 'extras' though so keep an eye on production company websites. Also take a look at Be-On-Screen

I've got a different question...

Please post it on our message board and you'll get lots of answers that way!

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