List Of Comedies By Year

Here is the history of British comedy, sorted by the year shows were first broadcast...

Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death

2014

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 2014. New shows launched this year included Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death (pictured), Josh, Vodka Diaries and Hank Zipzer.

Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net

2013

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 2013. New shows launched this year included Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net (pictured), My Mad Fat Diary, All At Sea and Frankie Howerd: The Lost Tapes.

Greg Davies Live: Firing Cheeseballs At A Dog

2012

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 2012. New shows launched this year included Greg Davies Live: Firing Cheeseballs At A Dog (pictured), Switch, The Last Leg and Whatever Happened To Harry Hill?.

Holy Flying Circus

2011

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 2011. New shows launched this year included Holy Flying Circus (pictured), Three@TheFringe, Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask and John Bishop Live: Elvis Has Left The Building.

Frost On Satire

2010

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 2010. New shows launched this year included Frost On Satire (pictured), FHM's Stand-Up Hero, Desperate Fishwives and Al Murray: My Gaff, My Rules.

Alan Carr: Chatty Man

2009

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 2009. New shows launched this year included Alan Carr: Chatty Man (pictured), Half Moon Investigations, The All Star Impressions Show and Personal Affairs.

Blackadder Rides Again

2008

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 2008. New shows launched this year included Blackadder Rides Again (pictured), Silly Money, Sorry, I've Got No Head and Bottom Live 3: Hooligan's Island.

Gavin & Stacey

2007

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 2007. New shows launched this year included Gavin & Stacey (pictured), Ain't It Funny Being Coloured, Mark Lawson Talks To Nicholas Craig and The Dame Edna Treatment.

Edinburgh & Beyond

2006

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 2006. New shows launched this year included Edinburgh & Beyond (pictured), Live! Girls! Present Dogtown, Suburban Shootout and Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor.

The Unknown Hancock

2005

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 2005. New shows launched this year included The Unknown Hancock (pictured), Mock The Week, He Says, She Says and What's The Problem? With Anne Robinson.

The Joan Rivers Position

2004

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 2004. New shows launched this year included The Joan Rivers Position (pictured), Comedy Heroes, The Mighty Boosh and AD/BC: A Rock Opera.

QI

2003

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 2003. New shows launched this year included QI (pictured), Final Demand, Bedsitcom and Early Doors.

The Pooters

2002

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 2002. New shows launched this year included The Pooters (pictured), Reputations: Arthur Lowe, The Basil Brush Show and Important Astrology Experiment.

Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps

2001

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 2001. New shows launched this year included Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps (pictured), Banzai, 2DTV and The Karen Dunbar Show.

Anderson

2000

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 2000. New shows launched this year included Anderson (pictured), Beast, Lily Live! and Don't Panic! The Dad's Army Story.

My Parents Are Aliens

1999

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1999. New shows launched this year included My Parents Are Aliens (pictured), Barmy Aunt Boomerang, From Spam To Sperm and Polterguests.

dinnerladies

1998

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1998. New shows launched this year included dinnerladies (pictured), Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round, A Many Splintered Thing and In The Presence Of Julian Clary.

Jo Brand: Like It Or Lump It

1997

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1997. New shows launched this year included Jo Brand: Like It Or Lump It (pictured), Jack Dee's Sunday Service, grown ups and I'm Alan Partridge.

Over Here

1996

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1996. New shows launched this year included Over Here (pictured), The Legacy Of Reginald Perrin, Life After Birth and Digance In A Field Of His Own.

Oh Doctor Beeching!

1995

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1995. New shows launched this year included Oh Doctor Beeching! (pictured), The Curious Case Of Dr Hertz Van Rental, Is It Legal? and Where The Buffalo Roam.

Fantasy Football

1994

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1994. New shows launched this year included Fantasy Football (pictured), Digance In Scotland, Downwardly Mobile and Harry Enfield & Chums.

A Foreign Field

1993

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1993. New shows launched this year included A Foreign Field (pictured), Jo Brand Through The Cakehole, The Riff Raff Element and Marlene Marlowe Investigates.

Men Behaving Badly

1992

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1992. New shows launched this year included Men Behaving Badly (pictured), Phil Cool, Grace & Favour and Get Back.

Second Thoughts

1991

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1991. New shows launched this year included Second Thoughts (pictured), 291 Club, Choice Boyce and Lazarus & Dingwall.

The Mary Whitehouse Experience

1990

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1990. New shows launched this year included The Mary Whitehouse Experience (pictured), El C.I.D., One On Two and Ken Dodd At The London Palladium.

Commercial Breakdown

1989

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1989. New shows launched this year included Commercial Breakdown (pictured), Young, Gifted And Broke, Smith & Jones and The Comedy Store.

You Rang, M'Lord?

1988

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1988. New shows launched this year included You Rang, M'Lord? (pictured), Mr H Is Late, Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Craig Goes Mad In Melbourne.

Filthy Rich & Catflap

1987

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1987. New shows launched this year included Filthy Rich & Catflap (pictured), Divided We Stand, First Aids and Late Expectations.

Hot Metal

1986

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1986. New shows launched this year included Hot Metal (pictured), Digance At Work, Mr Pye and Bobby Davro's TV Annual.

The Mistress

1985

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1985. New shows launched this year included The Mistress (pictured), Super Gran, In Sickness & In Health and The Bright Side.

Arthur's Hallowed Ground

1984

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1984. New shows launched this year included Arthur's Hallowed Ground (pictured), I Thought You'd Gone, Night Beat News and The Chain.

Sweet Sixteen

1983

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1983. New shows launched this year included Sweet Sixteen (pictured), One Night In Lincoln, A Clip Round The Year and Interference.

Alas Smith & Jones

1982

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1982. New shows launched this year included Alas Smith & Jones (pictured), The Bounder, Oh Yes I Am.... Oh No You're Not! and A Foggy Outlook.

Seconds Out

1981

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1981. New shows launched this year included Seconds Out (pictured), Game For A Laugh, The Last Song and Wood And Walters.

Cowboys

1980

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1980. New shows launched this year included Cowboys (pictured), Boom Boom... Out Go The Lights, Tell It To The Judge and Frankie Howerd Reveals All.

To The Manor Born

1979

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1979. New shows launched this year included To The Manor Born (pictured), Canned Laughter, Only When I Laugh and The Knowledge.

An Audience With Jasper Carrott

1978

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1978. New shows launched this year included An Audience With Jasper Carrott (pictured), Born And Bred, Father, Dear Father In Australia and Grand Slam.

Middlemen

1977

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1977. New shows launched this year included Middlemen (pictured), A Show Of My Own, Dawson And Friends and The Little And Largest Show On Earth.

The Many Wives Of Patrick

1976

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1976. New shows launched this year included The Many Wives Of Patrick (pictured), Ripping Yarns, Connolly and Battle Of The Sexes.

The Last Of The Best Men

1975

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1975. New shows launched this year included The Last Of The Best Men (pictured), My Son Reuben, Fawlty Towers and How Green Was My Father.

The Top Secret Life Of Edgar Briggs

1974

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1974. New shows launched this year included The Top Secret Life Of Edgar Briggs (pictured), Aladdin, Mr Big and A Little Bit Of Wisdom.

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

1973

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1973. New shows launched this year included Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (pictured), Frankie And Tommy, The Kids From 47A and Whoops Baghdad.

Are You Being Served?

1972

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1972. New shows launched this year included Are You Being Served? (pictured), Turnbull's Finest Half-Hour, Hey Brian! and Scoop.

Lollipop Loves Mr. Mole

1971

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1971. New shows launched this year included Lollipop Loves Mr. Mole (pictured), The Importance Of Being Hairy, The More We Are Together and Sykes - With The Lid Off.

The Goodies

1970

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1970. New shows launched this year included The Goodies (pictured), Oh In Colour, It's Tarbuck! and Shine A Light.

The Best Things In Life

1969

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1969. New shows launched this year included The Best Things In Life (pictured), Aladdin, Don't Ask Us - We're New Here and Jokers Wild.

The Morecambe & Wise Show

1968

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1968. New shows launched this year included The Morecambe & Wise Show (pictured), The Gold Watch Club, According To Dora and It's Marty.

Vacant Lot

1967

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1967. New shows launched this year included Vacant Lot (pictured), At Last The 1948 Show, The Benny Hill Show and Three Of A Kind.

All Gas And Gaiters

1966

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1966. New shows launched this year included All Gas And Gaiters (pictured), The End Of The Tunnel, Mr John Jorrocks and Tarbuck At The Prince Of Wales.

Pardon The Expression

1965

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1965. New shows launched this year included Pardon The Expression (pictured), Barnaby Spoot And The Exploding Whoopee Cushion, Mother Goose and Hope And Keen.

HMS Paradise

1964

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1964. New shows launched this year included HMS Paradise (pictured), Dave's Kingdom, A Touch Of The Norman Vaughans and Foreign Affairs.

Tea At The Ritz

1963

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1963. New shows launched this year included Tea At The Ritz (pictured), The Walrus And The Carpenter, Bold As Brass and The Plan.

The Channel Swimmer

1962

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1962. New shows launched this year included The Channel Swimmer (pictured), The Status Symbol, The Reunion and Steptoe And Son.

The Rag Trade

1961

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1961. New shows launched this year included The Rag Trade (pictured), Winning Widows, Lunch In The Park and Bresslaw And Friends.

The Strange World Of Gurney Slade

1960

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1960. New shows launched this year included The Strange World Of Gurney Slade (pictured), Glencannon, Citizen James and Mess Mates.

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1959

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1959. New shows launched this year included Gala Opening, Para Handy - Master Mariner and The Young Lady From London.

Educating Archie

1958

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1958. New shows launched this year included Educating Archie (pictured), Christmas Night With The Stars, On With The Show and Jennings At School.

The Army Game

1957

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1957. New shows launched this year included The Army Game (pictured), People Like Us, Bonehead and Yes, It's The Cathode-Ray Tube Show!.

Hancock's Half Hour

1956

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1956. New shows launched this year included Hancock's Half Hour (pictured), My Wife's Sister, Jimmy Logan and My Husband And I.

Joan And Leslie

1955

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1955. New shows launched this year included Joan And Leslie (pictured), The Harry Secombe Show, Meet Max Wall and Around The Town.

Fast And Loose

1954

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1954. New shows launched this year included Fast And Loose (pictured), The Big Man, Charlie Drake And Jack Edwardes and And So To Bentley.

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1953

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1953. New shows launched this year included The Frankie Howerd Show, A Good Idea - Son! and Janet Brown.

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1952

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1952. New shows launched this year included Silk, Satin, Cotton, Rags, It's Magic and Michael Howard.

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1951

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1951. New shows launched this year included April Fool's Day, These Are The Days and Parent-Craft.

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1950

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1950. New shows launched this year included Camping, Friday Funny Man and Don't Look Now.

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1949

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1949. New shows launched this year included Family Affairs, Cuckoo College and Mr Pastry At Home!.

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1948

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1948. New shows launched this year included La Vie Cambridgeienne, Hulbert Follies and At Home.

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1947

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1947. New shows launched this year included Mincemeat, Just For Fun and The Handle Bar.

Pinwright's Progress

1946

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1946. New shows launched this year included Pinwright's Progress (pictured), Kaleidoscope, Paging You and Joyce Grenfell.

1940 - 1945

Word War II resulted in the fledgling BBC Television Service shutting down. There was no TV at all between 1940 - 1945. BBC Home Service radio continued to be broadcast during this period and some films were released, however we have not yet established what, if any, new comedy programming was made during this period.

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1939

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1939. New shows launched this year included Take Two Eggs, Ronald Frankau and Percy Ponsonby....

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1938

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1938. New shows launched this year included Half-An-Hour, Moving Furniture and Nice Work.

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1937

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1937. New shows launched this year included Charles Heslop, Leslie Weston and Reginald Purdell.

Claude Dampier

1936

A guide to the comedies broadcast in 1936. New shows launched this year included Claude Dampier (pictured).

Pre 1936

The BBC's Television Service started in 1936, before this time broadcast comedy only came in the form of movies and the radio (BBC National Programme). Because of a lack of recordings and paperwork for this period, we have not begun to research what comedy was broadcast in these pre-TV days yet.

Brian Pern to return

Brian Pern to return

Brian Pern, the comedy series starring Simon Day as an art rocker, has been given a third series by BBC Four. Read

John Finnemore's new show

John Finnemore's new show

John Finnemore, the creator of Cabin Pressure, is working on a series called The John Finnemore Project. Read

The John Dredge Show

The John Dredge Show

Series 4 of the insanely silly podcast series has now launched. Check out this funny and surreal sketch show. Listen

Miles Jupp hosts News Quiz

Miles Jupp hosts News Quiz

Miles Jupp will take over from Sandi Toksvig as the new host of The News Quiz when it returns. Read

Not Safe For Work interviews

Not Safe For Work interviews

The cast of Channel 4's new office-based comedy drama Not Safe For Work talk about making the show. Read

Joanna Lumley sitcom

Joanna Lumley sitcom

Joanna Lumley is working on a new show for Sky Television. Thought to be a sitcom, the title is Harmony. Read

Missing Hancocks to return

Missing Hancocks to return

Radio 4 has given the greenlight for five more lost Hancock's Half Hour episodes to be re-recorded this July. Read

David Walliams sitcom

David Walliams sitcom

David Walliams is reportedly working on a sitcom based around a TV talent show, inspired by Britain's Got Talent. Read

Bernard Righton's Gold show

Bernard Righton's Gold show

John Thomson, in character as Bernard Righton, will present an archive stand-up show on TV channel Gold. Read

Sharon Rooney interview

Sharon Rooney interview

Sharon Rooney, the star of My Mad Fat Diary, talks about the final series of the comedy drama. Read

Win The Delivery Man DVD

Win The Delivery Man DVD

We have three copies of new ITV sitcom The Delivery Man to give away. It stars Darren Boyd as a midwife. Enter

Work in progress gigs

Work in progress gigs

Si Hawkins explains why he often enjoys work-in-progress stand-up gigs more than the resultant polished tour show. Read

Catastrophe a global hit

Catastrophe a global hit

Catastrophe, the sitcom created by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, has been sold to TV stations across the world. Read

Gein's Family Giftshop

Gein's Family Giftshop

Sketch group Gein's Family Giftshop talk to BCG ahead of recording their first radio series. Get free tickets too: Read

Comedy Awards to move

Comedy Awards to move

It has been confirmed The British Comedy Awards are leaving Channel 4, to move to a new network this December. Read

Nick Frost's memoir

Nick Frost's memoir

Nick Frost's is writing a book about his life. Truths, Half Truths and Utter Bullshit will be released in October. Read

BBC New Comedy Award

BBC New Comedy Award

The BBC Radio New Comedy Award is back. The form to enter the 2015 contest is now available to fill in. Read

Hoff The Record blog

Hoff The Record blog

What's it like working on a sitcom with David Hasselhoff? Here's a blog from Hoff The Record actor Fergus Craig: Read

Mind reading and comedy

Mind reading and comedy

Mind-reading performer Colin Cloud explains how the worlds of 'people reading' and comedy are similar. Read

Julie Bower: So Awkward

Julie Bower: So Awkward

Julie Bower, the creator of new CBBC sitcom So Awkward, talks about how the show was developed. Read

10 first date checks

10 first date checks

Maddy Anholt provides a checklist of the top ten things you need to know about your possible future spouse. Read

Shush! comes to Radio 4

Shush! comes to Radio 4

Radio 4 is making Shush!, a sitcom set in a library. The show will star Morwenna Banks and Rebecca Front. Read

Prof Brian Cox panel show

Prof Brian Cox panel show

BBC Two is to pilot Six Degrees, a science-based comedy panel show. Professor Brian Cox will host it. Read

RHLSTP with Bob Mortimer

RHLSTP with Bob Mortimer

Bob Mortimer is the first guest on the new series of Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast. Listen

Episodes Series 5

Episodes Series 5

Episodes, starring Matt LeBlanc, Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan, gets another series. Read

CBeebies orders 2 comedies

CBeebies orders 2 comedies

CBeebies is making Go Jetters and Spot Bots, two animated series which aim to teach children via sketches. Read

Drifters gets a 3rd series

Drifters gets a 3rd series

Drifters, the E4 sitcom about three young women struggling to find good jobs, is to return for a third series. Read

Raised By Wolves Series 2

Raised By Wolves Series 2

Channel 4 has ordered a second series of Caitlin and Caroline Moran's sitcom Raised By Wolves. Read

Angela Barnes radio series

Angela Barnes radio series

Radio 4 has ordered a four-part stand-up series from 2011 BBC New Comedy Award winner Angela Barnes. Read

So On & So Forth interview

So On & So Forth interview

An interview with So On & So Forth, the comedy group behind the new Radio 4 sketch show series. Read

Safeword for ITV2

Safeword for ITV2

Rick Edwards will host new ITV2 panel show Safeword with team captains Katherine Ryan & David Morgan. Read

Paul O'Grady interview

Paul O'Grady interview

Paul O'Grady, who is presenting Bob Monkhouse: The Million Joke Man, talks about how he knew the star. Read

Doc Martin US remake

Doc Martin US remake

Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman is developing a US adaptation of hit ITV comedy drama Doc Martin. Read

Lee Mack interview

Lee Mack interview

Lee Mack talks about the future of his hit BBC sitcom Not Going Out in this honest and open in-depth interview. Read

Brotherhood cast interview

Brotherhood cast interview

The cast of Brotherhood, including Sarah Hadland, Johnny Flynn and Ellie Taylor, talk about the show. Read

Croft & Pearce interview

Croft & Pearce interview

Ahead of the recording of their debut Radio 4 series, Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce talk to BCG: Read

Festival booker interview

Festival booker interview

We talk to Tania Harrison, the comedy booker for Latitude Festival about the event's comedy plans. Read

Greg Davies interview

Greg Davies interview

Comedy giant Greg Davies talks about what's coming up in the second series of his hit sitcom, Man Down. Read

Del Boy's autobiography

Del Boy's autobiography

Ebury will publish the autobiography of Peckham businessman Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in October. Read

Antiques shop sitcom Bull

Antiques shop sitcom Bull

UKTV Gold is to film Bull, a new studio audience sitcom about a man who runs an antiques shop. Read

New sitcom Marley's Ghosts

New sitcom Marley's Ghosts

UKTV channel Gold has ordered Marley's Ghosts, a 3-part sitcom about a woman who can speak to the dead. Read

Gold making Henry IX sitcom

Gold making Henry IX sitcom

Porridge writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have written Henry IX, a new sitcom for UKTV Gold. Read

Vicious 2 interviews

Vicious 2 interviews

The cast of Vicious talk about the return of the sitcom, and how the topic of gay marriage crops up in the show. Read

Buzzcocks axed

Buzzcocks axed

BBC Two has decided to end Never Mind The Buzzcocks after 18 years and 28 series on air. Read

Trigger Happy TV to return

Trigger Happy TV to return

Channel 4 has confirmed it is in talks to bring back Dom Joly's hidden camera comedy format Trigger Happy TV. Read

Omid Djalili interview

Omid Djalili interview

Omid Djalili discusses his acclaimed war documentary, plus Oliver Reed, tricky Joe Orton plays, bad TV recordings... Read

BBC Radio Contract Writers

BBC Radio Contract Writers

BBC Radio Comedy has announced the appointment of two new Contract Writers, Sarah Campbell and Liam Beirne. Read

Ben Miller Horrible Science

Ben Miller Horrible Science

Ben Miller is to star in Horrible Science, a new children's comedy-entertainment series for Children's ITV. Read

Sketchorama Series 4 acts

Sketchorama Series 4 acts

Isy Suttie will host acts including The Penny Dreadfuls, Frisky & Mannish, and Gein's Family Giftshop. Read

Hadrian's Wall charity gigs

Hadrian's Wall charity gigs

A 15-strong collective of comedians are hoping to raise more than laughs when they tackle Hadrian's Wall. Read

Catherine Tate's Nan

Catherine Tate's Nan

Catherine Tate is to return as her foul-mouthed OAP character Nan. She is set to record two specials for BBC TV. Read

Cast for BBC thriller Stag

Cast for BBC thriller Stag

Reece Shearsmith, Rufus Jones, Tim Key and Sharon Rooney are amongst the cast for BBC2 comic thriller Stag. Read

Knight & Gotobed interview

Knight & Gotobed interview

An interview with double act Rob Gotobed and Tony Knight. They provide lots of punchline filled answers. Read

Morecambe & Wise sitcom

Morecambe & Wise sitcom

Historian Graham McCann has revealed an aborted Morecambe & Wise sitcom pilot. Read

Flat TV gets full series

Flat TV gets full series

Tom Rosenthal and Naz Osmanoglu's Comedy Feeds sitcom Flat TV has been commissioned for a full series. Read

Room To Write interview

Room To Write interview

Laura Marks, the producer and director behind the BBC's Room To Write video sketches, shares some advice: Read

Cuckoo returns for Series 3

Cuckoo returns for Series 3

BBC Three's Cuckoo is to return for a third series. Greg Davies & Taylor Lautner will reprise their roles. Read

BBC Comedy Feeds 2015

BBC Comedy Feeds 2015

The BBC has announced six new pilots - SunnyD, Radges, People Time, Fishbowl, Dead Air and Funz And Gamez. Read

Frog and Bucket plaque

Frog and Bucket plaque

The Frog and Bucket club has celebrated its 21st birthday with a blue plaque for those that 'died' on its stage. Read

John Moloney interview

John Moloney interview

John Moloney introduces his new Radio 4 series and talks about how the comedy circuit is different nowadays. Read

Williams & Hancock show

Williams & Hancock show

A preview of Seriously Funny, a play at The Museum Of Comedy about Tony Hancock and Kenneth Williams. Read

Why We Need Ethnic Comedy

Why We Need Ethnic Comedy

In this article, comedy performer Inder Manocha discusses how ethnic comedy relates to the mainstream. Read

Trollied gets a Series 5

Trollied gets a Series 5

Sky1 sitcom Trollied will be back for a fifth series, star Jason Watkins (aka store manager Gavin) has confirmed. Read

'Making it' in comedy

'Making it' in comedy

Barry Ferns writes on the topic of what it means to 'make it' in comedy. Think carefully about your end goals. Read

Whose Line? is coming back

Whose Line? is coming back

Some of the stars of hit 1990s TV format Whose Line Is It Anyway? are reuniting for a series of live shows in London. Read

BAFTA TV Awards 2015

BAFTA TV Awards 2015

The winners of the BAFTA TV Awards 2015 have been revealed, including Jessica Hynes and Detectorists. Read

Not Going Out will return!

Not Going Out will return!

Lee Mack has revealed that his hit sitcom Not Going Out has not ended. It will return for a Christmas special. Read

Crims dropped by BBC Three

Crims dropped by BBC Three

BBC Three sitcom Crims has been dropped after just one series, the broadcaster has confirmed. Read

Nick Park's new film

Nick Park's new film

Nick Park and Aardman Animation, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun The Sheep, are making Early Man. Read

No Offence interviews

No Offence interviews

A guide to No Offence, the police-based comedy drama from the creator of Shameless. Lots more info: Read

David Mitchell interview

David Mitchell interview

David Mitchell talks about comedy and politics, as he prepares to co-host Channel 4's Alternative Election Night. Read

Reginald D Hunter interview

Reginald D Hunter interview

Reginald D Hunter is off on a tour of the UK. In this interview he talks about contrived outrage, and more: Read

Tom Davis interview

Tom Davis interview

We talk to comedy actor Tom Davis about his funny new improvised comedy series for BBC3, Murder In Successville. Read

Pub Landlord interview

Pub Landlord interview

We talk to the Pub Landlord as his drive for electoral victory comes to a head. Will he be voted in as an MP? Read

Red Dwarf XI & XII

Red Dwarf XI & XII

Good news. Dave has ordered two more new series of the cult sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf, to air in 2016 and 2017. Read

Want to date a comedian?

Want to date a comedian?

Comedian Maddy Anholt explains her 2015 Fringe show, and how you could take her out on a date. Read

Hyde Park gigs line-ups

Hyde Park gigs line-ups

A host of stand-up stars are to perform at the Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park gigs in London. Read

Zoe Lyons: Bad show names

Zoe Lyons: Bad show names

Top stand-up Zoe Lyons reveals to us the tours that never were... five show names that didn't make the grade. Read

Steve Pemberton interview

Steve Pemberton interview

Steve Pemberton discusses the reaction to the second series of Inside No. 9 and his hopes for a third series. Read

UKIP versus HIGNFY

UKIP versus HIGNFY

UKIP says comments made about Nigel Farage on Have I Got News For You have been biased against him. Read

Foil, Arms & Hog on Britain

Foil, Arms & Hog on Britain

Irish sketch comedy trio Foil, Arms & Hog list out some of the cultural differences between Britain and Ireland. Read

Peter Kay's 2.8m car share

Peter Kay's 2.8m car share

Peter Kay's Car Share has broken a BBC record, with the show being streamed 2.8m times on iPlayer. Read

Counterfeit Cat

Counterfeit Cat

Counterfeit Cat, a new animated comedy from Disney XD, will feature Marc Wootton and Kayvan Novak. Read

Russell Howard interview

Russell Howard interview

Russell Howard introduces his new TV show in this quick interview. There's also a funny preview clip here. Read

Hoff The Record again

Hoff The Record again

UKTV has ordered a 2nd series of David Hasselhoff mockumentary Hoff The Record before the 1st has been seen. Read

Kayvan Novak's R4 show

Kayvan Novak's R4 show

Fonejacker star Kayvan Novak is making The Celebrity Voicemail Show, a new comedy series for Radio 4. Read

Keith Harris dies aged 67

Keith Harris dies aged 67

Comedy entertainer Keith Harris, best known for his ventriloquist performances with his puppet Orville, has died. Read

Toksvig quits News Quiz

Toksvig quits News Quiz

Sandi Toksvig has announced she is to step down as host of The News Quiz, the hit Radio 4 panel show. Read

Alex Horne interview

Alex Horne interview

His latest Edinburgh show involved ladders from Wickes, his first one was supposed to feature a bloke from Hot Chip. Read

Jonathan Ross cooking show

Jonathan Ross cooking show

Jonathan Ross is to present a food-themed comedy panel show pilot. The format is described as 'mouth watering'. Read

Missing TV sketch shows?

Missing TV sketch shows?

The organisers of London Sketchfest ponder why there's hardly any sketch shows on TV nowadays. Read

The John Bishop Show

The John Bishop Show

John Bishop will present a new eight-part comedy and entertainment variety show on BBC One on Saturday nights. Read

Channel 5 is back

Channel 5 is back

Good news. Channel 5 is to start showing British comedy again, following a deal with Comedy Central. Read

BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase

BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase

Funz And Gamez, Fishbowl and Barbara Nice are amongst the comedy that will be showcased at the BBC event: Read

Jim Howick to star in Stag

Jim Howick to star in Stag

Jim Howick will star in Stag, a comedy thriller for BBC Two from The Wrong Mans director Jim Field Smith. Read

BBC Two orders 'Mum'

BBC Two orders 'Mum'

BBC Two has commissioned Mum, a new sitcom from the writer and producers of hit BBC Three sitcom Him & Her. Read

Sky Arts slapstick comedies

Sky Arts slapstick comedies

Kevin Eldon, Johnny Vegas, Kim Cattrall, Vic Reeves and Frank Skinner star in four physical comedies on Sky Arts. Read

Ballot Monkeys preview

Ballot Monkeys preview

Top comedy writers Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin introduce their new political sitcom, Ballot Monkeys. Read

Frankie and Benny

Frankie and Benny

Robert Ross celebrates the memories of Frankie Howerd and Benny Hill, who died on Easter weekend 1992. Read

Jan Etherington interview

Jan Etherington interview

We talk to one of the writers of Lynda Bellingham sitcoms Second Thoughts & Faith In The Future, now on DVD. Read

Lee Nelson interview

Lee Nelson interview

Now on a nationwide tour, we talked to Lee Nelson about his plans for the future, politics, and his new look. Read

Friday Night Dinner 4

Friday Night Dinner 4

Channel 4 has ordered a fourth series of Robert Popper's award-winning sitcom Friday Night Dinner. Read

Have you made a short film?

Have you made a short film?

Short Com is open for comedy film submissions for its 2015/2016 touring schedule of screenings. Read

Alan Partridge book sequel

Alan Partridge book sequel

A sequel to Alan Partridge's smash hit autobiography, I, Partridge, will be published in 2016. Read

Zig and Zag are back!

Zig and Zag are back!

CBBC has ordered a 26-part animated sitcom series focused around former Big Breakfast characters Zig & Zag. Read

Kevin McHale interview

Kevin McHale interview

Kevin McHale talks about how he nearly said no to hosting Virtually Famous, and panel shows in the USA. Read

Terry Jones - Bath Plug

Terry Jones - Bath Plug

Monty Python star Terry Jones has received Bath Comedy Festival's first ever 'Bath Plug Award'. Pictures

Blake Harrison gets Tripped

Blake Harrison gets Tripped

The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison will take the lead role in Tripped, a comedy drama series for E4. Read

E4 orders Aliens comedy

E4 orders Aliens comedy

E4 has ordered Aliens, a show about a group of extra-terrestrials forced to live in a segregated community. Read

Max & Ivan on their R4 show

Max & Ivan on their R4 show

Comedy double-act Max & Ivan attempt to introduce their Radio 4 series to us in this funny article written by them. Read

Bethan Roberts wins in Bath

Bethan Roberts wins in Bath

Bethan Roberts has been named the winner of Bath Comedy Festival's 2015 New Act Of The Year contest. Read

Sue Perkins panel show

Sue Perkins panel show

Sue Perkins will host the pilot episode of Insert Name Here, a new comedy panel show format for BBC Two. Read

As Yet Untitled - Series 3

As Yet Untitled - Series 3

Unscripted chat format Alan Davies As Yet Untitled is to return to Dave for a third series. There'll be 10 episodes. Read

David Mitchell's new sitcom

David Mitchell's new sitcom

David Mitchell has signed up to play William Shakespeare in Upstart Crow, a sitcom pilot for BBC Two. Read

You, Me & Them interviews

You, Me & Them interviews

Seven members of the cast of UKTV Gold sitcom You, Me & Them talk about the second series of their show. Read

39 Steps - 4 play 139 roles

39 Steps - 4 play 139 roles

The 39 Steps is one of the West End's longest-running and funniest plays. We take a look at the show here. Read

Seann Walsh interview

Seann Walsh interview

A quick chat with Seann Walsh about his stand-up tour, and his role as a team captain on Virtually Famous. Read

The Interviews - new series

The Interviews - new series

Kenneth Williams and The Two Ronnies are amongst the comedians profiled in new Gold series The Interviews. Read

Radio 4's Cardboard Heart

Radio 4's Cardboard Heart

The cast has been announced for Richard Marsh: Cardboard Heart, a Radio 4 sitcom about a man who writes poetry. Read

No more Up The Women

No more Up The Women

Jessica Hynes's suffragette sitcom Up The Women will not return for a third series. BBC2 has given it the axe. Read

'This Made Me Laugh' films

'This Made Me Laugh' films

The Barbican has invited eight stars from the world of comedy to select their favourite classic comedy films. Read

ITV's Play To The Whistle

ITV's Play To The Whistle

Holly Willoughby has signed up to present Play To The Whistle, a sports-based comedy panel show for ITV. Read

Ray Peacock: taboo comedy

Ray Peacock: taboo comedy

Ray Peacock explains why he has decided to open up about his suicide attempt in his latest stand-up show. Read

Dad's Army only just made

Dad's Army only just made

A speech by TV executive Huw Wheldon revealed that the BBC nearly didn't make the Dad's Army series. Read

Lemon is Back To The Future

Lemon is Back To The Future

Keith Lemon is to star in a one-off special on ITV2 celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Back To The Future film. Read

Charlie Brooker special

Charlie Brooker special

Charlie Brooker will return to BBC Two in the run-up to the Election with a new hour-long Wipe special. Read

Graham Fellows interview

Graham Fellows interview

Graham Fellows will celebrate his 30th year as John Shuttleworth with a big gig - but could it be his last hurrah? Read

Russell Howard's new show

Russell Howard's new show

Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, which launches in April, will feature guests including Joe Wilkinson. Read

Frankie Boyle's new show

Frankie Boyle's new show

Frankie Boyle will follow his 2014 Scottish independence referendum special with a new iPlayer election show. Read

Doc Martin Series 7 filming

Doc Martin Series 7 filming

Martin Clunes and the rest of the Doc Martin cast are now in Cornwall to film Series 7 of the hit ITV show. Read

Laura Aikman interview

Laura Aikman interview

Laura Aikman talks about joining the cast of Bluestone 42, and how she was 'liquid sweat' filming the show. Read

ITV2 orders Plebs Series 3

ITV2 orders Plebs Series 3

ITV2 has ordered more Plebs, the Ancient Rome sitcom starring Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry and Ryan Sampson. Read

Nathan Caton interview

Nathan Caton interview

Stand-up comedian Nathan Caton talks to us about various topics, including his ideal comedians football squad. Read

Jack Dee's Help Desk on TV

Jack Dee's Help Desk on TV

BBC Two has ordered Jack Dee's Help Desk, a series starring Jack Dee and a panel of comedians. Read

Michael McIntyre new shows

Michael McIntyre new shows

Michael McIntyre is working on two new series for BBC One, however his chat show format won't return to TV. Read

Images from '50 Comics'

Images from '50 Comics'

Check out some striking pictures from photographer Matt Crockett's book of comedian portraits, 50 Comics. View

Milton Jones interview

Milton Jones interview

Milton Jones talks about big hair, bad shirts, Mock The Week, his mammoth 2015 tour and other topics too: Read

Harry & Paul win RTS Awards

Harry & Paul win RTS Awards

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse have won two gongs at the Royal Television Society Awards. Read

Rik Mayall - legend award

Rik Mayall - legend award

Rik Mayall has been named as the recipient of the Leicester Comedy Festival 'Legend Of Comedy' award. Read

Harry & Paul to tour

Harry & Paul to tour

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse are planning their first ever live tour together - Harry & Paul: Legends. Read

Prof Branestawm to return

Prof Branestawm to return

Harry Hill will return as eccentric inventor Professor Branestawm for another one-off BBC special this Christmas. Read

Chortle Award winners

Chortle Award winners

Bridget Christie and James Acaster are amongst the winners at the 2015 Chortle Awards. Full results here: Read

Ben Miller's science show

Ben Miller's science show

Ben Miller, Romesh Ranganathan and Rachel Riley will front the pilot of ITV science show Out Of This World. Read

The Week That Wasn't pilot

The Week That Wasn't pilot

Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse will host the pilot episode of The Week That Wasn't, a new topical format. Read

Raised By Wolves interview

Raised By Wolves interview

Sisters Caitlin Moran and Caroline Moran talk about creating Raised By Wolves, their Channel 4 sitcom. Interview

Learn improv in London

Learn improv in London

A group of established comedians have set up a new theatre company and school - one devoted entirely to improv. Read

Stewart Lee discusses axe

Stewart Lee discusses axe

Stewart Lee has talked about the axing of his Comedy Central show, The Alternative Comedy Experience. Read

Birds Of A Feather S12

Birds Of A Feather S12

Hit sitcom Birds Of A Feather will return for a 12th series, its third since a highly successful revival by ITV. Read

Carry On Forever

Carry On Forever

ITV3 will broadcast a new Carry On documentary series, including unseen behind-the-scenes clips. Read