Jam and Jerusalem a hit, Blunder flops
It received mixed reviews, but the new Jennifer Saunders/Dawn French vehicle, Jam and Jerusalem, pulled in 6.7 million viewers on Friday evening despite going head to head with ITV1's "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!" (which attracted 7.6 million viewers). The cast of the BBC1 sitcom, which takes an affectionate look at village life, also includes Pauline McLynn, Joanna Lumley and Sally Phillips.
Also on Friday evening, Channel 4’s new ensemble sketch show, Blunder, tanked with just 513,000 viewers.
The comedy troupe So On & So Forth have been given their own BBC Radio 4 sketch show series.
Lee Evans, one of the UK's best known stand-up comedians, has unexpectedly announced that he is going to retire from comedy at the end of the month.
Paddy McGuinness is to return to comedy acting with a role in ITV's new sitcom series about midwifes, The Delivery Man.
Comedy Central has confirmed the commission of a new studio sitcom, I Live With Models.
The BBC has revealed its Magna Carta celebration season, to include new Horrible Histories, and new programmes from Rory Bremner, Kayvan Novak, and others.
UKTV has announced it is increasing its investment in original scripted comedy, with a commitment to make five new shows for Gold in 2015.