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.
Jonathan Ross is to present a food-themed comedy panel show pilot. The format is described as a "mouth watering, light-hearted celebration of food in all its forms".
John Bishop will present a new eight-part comedy and entertainment variety show on BBC One on Saturday nights from later this spring.
Channel 5 is to start broadcasting British comedy again. A deal with Comedy Central will see it broadcast series such as Impractical Jokers.
Funz And Gamez, Fishbowl and Barbara Nice are amongst the comedy that will be showcased across BBC events in Salford on the 12th and 13th May.
BBC Two boss Kim Shillinglaw has announced that Jim Howick will star in Stag, a comedy-thriller from The Wrong Mans director Jim Field Smith.
BBC Two has commissioned Mum, a new sitcom from the writer and producers of hit BBC Three sitcom Him & Her.