2008 Sony Award nominees announced
The shortlist for the 2008 Sony Radio Awards – "The Oscars of Radio", has been announced.
The nominees for the best comedy series award are mixed. One of the nominees stars a comedian who is relatively unheard of. BBC 7's A Series of Psychotic Episodes is written and performed by Miriam Elia, who won the BBC's 'Witty and Twisted' competition last year, a scheme setup to look for new comedy writers. It is not the first time Elia has reached an award shortlist, she has also been a finalist for Channel 4's 'Gags to Go' contest.
The other nominees on the list are all Radio 4 shows. They are the sitcom Fags, Mags and Bags, Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson's satire Down the Line, comedy documentary Mark Thomas: My Life in Serious Organised Crime (pictured) and sketch show That Mitchell and Webb Sound.
Other comedians up for awards include Russell Brand, whose Radio 2 show is up for the best entertainment award, and Manchester comedian Toby Hadoke is in the running for best drama for his show Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf.
The awards are to be presented on the 12th May.
Hit sitcom Birds Of A Feather is to return for a landmark eleventh series, its second since being revived by ITV.
Sky Living has ordered a fourth series of Mount Pleasant, the comedy drama starring Sally Lindsay and Daniel Ryan.
Dawn French is to perform a special Thought For The Day on Radio 4 in character as Geraldine Granger from the hit BBC sitcom The Vicar Of Dibley.
The original cast of Douglas Adams's comic sci-fi radio sitcom The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy are to reunite for a new recording.
The hit BBC sketch show Goodness Gracious Me is to be resurrected for a special one off edition to celebrate 50 years of BBC Two.
Tim Vine is to a new comedy quiz show called You Can't Say That!. The format, which involves contestants spotting trick questions, will be piloted later this month.