The results of our first awards, looking at shows from 2006...
The IT Crowd, written by Father Ted co-creator Graham Linehan, burst onto Channel 4 in a blaze of publicity in February 2006. Some said it was a poor attempt at recreating the success of Craggy Island's insane inhabitants, but others loved the return to a studio-based setup, lapping up the show's gentle look into the nerdy world of computers. You voted with your modems to make this geeky comedy the Best New Sitcom of 2006.
Worst New TV Sitcom 2006: Bo! In The USA. This Bo' Selecta! spin-off from Leigh Francis was clearly not welcomed by readers of this website - you voted it the 19th best new sitcom of 2006 (out of 19!). We've not heard anyone say anything positive about this show, so it is perhaps not surprising that it walks away with the title of Worst New Sitcom of 2006.
One of the most successful and popular comedies of the past decade earnt the title of Best Returning Sitcom in 2006, despite not really being a true sitcom (although that's a debate for another day). We bloody loved it, so are very happy with this result. It's not too surprising a winner though we have to say; whilst many fans thought Series 2 wasn't quite as good as the 2004 original, they all agreed it was still one of the funniest shows for years.
Worst Returning TV Sitcom 2006: My Hero. The BBC makes an in-road into our 2006 Awards by picking up the Worst Returning Sitcom 2006 for the somewhat disappointing 6th series of its otherwise mainstream-pleasing and not actually all that bad sitcom My Hero. Obviously James Dreyfus taking over the lead role from Ardal O'Hanlon didn't have the effect the BBC hoped it would - you, our readers, voted it the sitcom you'd most like to see go away (and it did - Series 6 is indeed the last).
Specials: In this first year of the awards we also asked readers to pick the best and worst sitcom special. The best was the final The Vicar Of Dibley - 12.3 million watched Geraldine finally attend a wedding in a dress rather than a dog collar. The worst was The Green Green Grass Christmas special.
As David Mitchell appeared in so many of the nominated comedies in 2006 we also, for a bit of fun, asked our readers what they thought were David's best and worst comedies that year. You decided the best thing he starred in during 2006 was That Mitchell And Webb Look, whilst Channel 4 sketch show Blunder was something he should have avoided.
This sketch show is a reasonably successful TV adaption of the duo's very funny Radio 4 sketch series That Mitchell And Webb Sound. We wish more sketch shows would take a leaf out of Mitchell & Webb's book and focus on creating classic one-off sketches rather than repeating the same un-funny situations again and again (see below).
Worst TV Sketch Show 2006: Tittybangbang. We're not really surprised about this result. Although this BBC Three sketch show did have the odd amusing moment, it just didn't cut the proverbial mustard. The girls stretched too many of their ideas beyond breaking point. Tittybangbang is not quite as deserving of this particular accolade as some of the other nominees we feel (editor Mark is still glaring at a certain nominee beginning with the letter 'B'), but we feel its not entirely unfair either. Tittybangbang = Worst Sketch Show 2006.
It was a very close call between the eventual winner, BBC Two's QI, and the contender in the shape of BBC One's monolith Have I Got News For You. So well done to the guys at QI for grabbing the hypothetical crown and running away with Best TV Panel Show 2006. It's great to see intelligent comedy on TV that doesn't rely on overly scripted gags or cheap put downs. Much of the credit must go to Stephen Fry and Alan Davis for making QI so much fun.
Worst TV Panel Show 2006: Best Of The Worst. ... by name. Worst of the Worst by nature. Sorry guys! This quickly forgotten Channel 4 panel show featured some big names (Alexander Armstrong, David Mitchell and Johnny Vaughan) and had a few laughs, but it could never hope to live up to the wit of its BBC rivals or the sheer army of comedians, lead by Jimmy Carr, that Channel 4 attracted to its sister panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats.
A second win for the irrepressible Green Wing in this year's poll. It takes the ultimate accolade and crowning crown of the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2006 - the award which says "this was the best comedy of 2006". Yes, here at BCG, we enjoyed GW throughout its entire run, and so were more than happy to name it as the first ever winner of our Comedy Of The Year award!
This is the award the Editors of British Comedy Guide hand to the show, person, channel, or indeed anything else comedy related they think deserves some extra recognition.
We chose to give the inaugural Editors' award to ITV's The Complete Guide To Parenting. Although this sitcom wasn't a huge success, or even that well remembered, we here at BCG enjoyed it, and think that it was unfairly disadvantaged by poor advertising and iffy scheduling. It also marked ITV's first real move into the sitcom genre for a number of years, and taking that alone into consideration, it was a bloody good attempt. We really felt that this was a nicely staged return to good-old British humour and farce, with a little modern twist to polish it off, and some subtle but truly laugh-out-loud lines sprinkled in for good measure. Understated but very funny, and a style we'd like to see more of.
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