British Comedy Guide

About British Comedy Guide

British Comedy Guide

Welcome to British Comedy Guide (aka BCG /, a vast reference website devoted to British comedy, both past and present. Over 500,000 people visit this website every month. Created and run by fans for fans, this site contains hundreds of thousands of pages packed full of information and detail, plus plenty to entertain: to read, hear and watch.

We aim to be a definitive guide to every British film, television and radio comedy to have been produced, and provide comprehensive coverage of every live comedy event across the country. It'll take a while to get there, but we like to dream big!

Here is a small selection of the things you can find on this website:


We have guides to thousands of comedy programmes, from sitcoms to stand-up and documentaries to sketch shows. You can find content such as video clips, broadcast details, cast & crew credits, interviews, character guides and items to buy. The largest database of its kind, it's lovingly curated by hand and includes plenty of information you won't find anywhere else, cross-checked for the highest level of accuracy we can attain. We also have similarly comprehensive and ever-expanding sections covering radio and film, dating right back to the early 1900s and the invention of each medium.


Still an emerging and developing medium for comedy, we've already got hundreds of professionally produced sketches you can watch online for free, plus expanding coverage of original online content from on-demand providers, BBC iPlayer exclusives, and more.

Live comedy

Britain boasts what is undoubtedly the most vibrant, varied and exciting live comedy circuit on the planet. Alongside comprehensive coverage of the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we've interviews with hundreds of comics, features covering the latest stand-up tours, and much more coming soon.


Writers, actors, directors, producers, stand-ups and many more. Our brand new People section aims to cover everyone with a link to British comedy, whether a major star or a bit-part contributor with just a handful of credits to their name. At the time of launch, we already record well over 40,000 individuals, amassing over 150,000 unique credits between them - with many more added every day. Alongside credits, we collect press mentions, video clips, feature articles, interviews, biographical information, and more. Check back as this section continually expands.


If you love comedy as much as we do, it's likely you'll want to own a fair bit of it to enjoy at your own convenience. From books delving into the history of some of the greatest comedies in British cultural history to stand-up DVDs, sitcoms, and Blu-rays of the very latest films - not to mention an increasing number of downloads and audio CDs - you'll find everything a comedy fan could wish for in our specially curated British comedy shop.


We are one of the largest and most popular publishers of podcasts in the UK, with the super popular RHLSTP amongst our many offerings. Regularly topping the iTunes comedy charts, our shows are not to be missed.


We provide wide coverage of the world of British comedy, with the most detailed and cross-referenced reports available anywhere. As obsessive comedy fans, we're best placed to provide those extra bits of information that other outlets miss, plus we publish a number of exclusives too.


Boasting well in excess of 1,000,000 posts, our message board a vibrant, buzzing community of comedy fans, as well as aspiring writers and performers. Covering every facet of British comedy - and much else besides - this is the ideal place for fans and pros alike to write, read and share opinions, thoughts, and ask those burning "what was that show...?" questions.

Make It

Our Make It section is packed full of advice, news, opportunities and information for anyone who wants to make it in comedy by, well, making comedy. Whether an aspiring sitcom writer, film director or new stand-up, there's something for everyone. We've already run two highly praised live conferences on the theme and there's always more being added.

For a complete list of everything we do, see our overview page

We'd like to thank you for visiting British Comedy Guide. We hope you find our site useful and interesting, and will come back as we continue to add new features.

If you have any comments, questions, corrections or feedback do please get in touch

Oh, and if you are a promoter or brand looking to get a message to comedy fans, BCG is the ideal platform to do just that. Advertising details


British Comedy Guide traces its roots back to 2003 and a small website called The British Sitcom Guide, initially consisting of a handful of brief pages about key sitcoms such as Fawlty Towers and Blackadder. In the years since it has expanded exponentially and the offering we provide today is the world's most-visited website about British comedy.

BCG is owned and operated by Mark Boosey and Aaron Brown, dedicated comedy fans.

A group of both regular and irregular contributors have helped BCG over the years, for whose assistance we are eternally thankful. Chief amongst them, Ian Wolf is the main curator of our TV & radio schedule; Si Hawkins writes much of our content related to live comedy (including his column Circuit Training); and sitcom historian Alan Cornforth has helped research and write many guides.

We'd also like to thank Julia McGill, a talented graphic artist who designed our logo and a number of other icons.

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Comedy news

Features (articles, interviews and more)

RSS feeds for our podcasts, blogs and columns can be found via the appropriate sections of this site. If you'd like a feed for something else please get in touch; we might be able to create a custom feed for you.

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We are sometimes asked for a copy of our logo by people kindly wishing to write about or link to our website. Please find an assortment of logo variations in the zip archive linked to below. Do get in touch if these do not suit your requirements and we'll send you what you need.

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