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Comedy.co.uk Awards 2010 results

Miranda Hart's hit BBC Two sitcom Miranda was named the top comedy in 2010. The Trip and Peep Show were amongst the category winners; whilst voters showed their displeasure at Frankie Boyle by naming his sketch show the worst comedy on TV in 2010.

The Trip. Image shows from L to R: Rob (Rob Brydon), Steve (Steve Coogan).

Best New TV Sitcom 2010: The Trip

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A low-energy improvised trip around the Lake District, Lancashire, and the Yorkshire Dales with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing versions of themselves. It doesn't sound like the format for a hit sitcom, and split commentators on our message board fairly evenly down the love it/hate it line, but it grabbed the popular vote for best new TV sitcom of the year.

Tom Hollander's church-based Rev came in a very respectable 2nd place, with Simon Amstell's Grandma's House, BBC Three puppet sitcom Mongrels, and the kitchen-based Whites also scoring well.

Worst New TV Sitcom 2010: Trinny & Susannah: From Boom To Bust. Originating online as a series of short mockumentary episodes, Trinny & Susannah's show evidently didn't transfer well for a TV audience. We thought that the duo displayed surprisingly well-tuned comic timing, but Channel 4's broadcast of the highlights of their web series doesn't appear to have impressed many others.


Peep Show. Image shows from L to R: Jeremy Osborne (Robert Webb), Mark Corrigan (David Mitchell). Copyright: Objective Productions.

Best Returning TV Sitcom 2010: Peep Show

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The seventh series of this cult sitcom finished just before voting opened, and clearly delighted many. With a general consensus that any perceived drop in quality around Series 5 has since been rectified, the low-rating Channel 4 show evidently remains massively popular with its fans.

This was a particularly tough-fought category, with Miranda and The Inbetweeners only narrowly beaten in the polls.

Worst Returning TV Sitcom 2010: Coming Of Age. Despite the clear dislike for this teen sitcom amongst comedy enthusiasts, the show remains very popular with its target audience; it is clear, however, that not many of them visit British Comedy Guide, as the show gained most 'worst' votes in the poll. The tenth series of My Family also garnered a notable number of negative votes.


Another Case Of Milton Jones. Copyright: Pozzitive Productions.

Best Radio Sitcom 2010: Another Case Of Milton Jones

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2010 was definitely a good year for master gagsmith Milton Jones. Thanks to appearances on shows like Mock The Week and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, the one-line pun-merchant has shot into the mainstream, and the public love him. He's been writing and performing Another Case Of Milton Jones on Radio 4 since 2005, but he's shot to the top with Series 4 this year.

As in previous years, Victorian epic Bleak Expectations and Hell-set Old Harry's Game also scored extremely well.


That Mitchell And Webb Look. Image shows from L to R: Robert Webb, David Mitchell. Copyright: BBC.

Best TV Sketch Show 2010: That Mitchell And Webb Look

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Despite eliciting disappointment amongst our message board regulars in comparison to its previous series, the 2010 series of That Mitchell And Webb Look snatched the Best TV Sketch Show award for 2010. It was an incredibly close fight against The Armstrong & Miller Show right up until polling ended, but the Peep Show stars sneaked ahead to take the crown.

CBBC sketch show Horrible Histories also bagged an impressive proportion of votes, suggesting it was definitely a format to keep an eye on in 2011 - particularly with an adult adaptation, starring Stephen Fry, under way.

Worst TV Sketch Show 2010: Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights. Whole forests have been destroyed so that publications from The Sun to The Guardian, The Daily Mail and everything inbetween can write angry things about Frankie Boyle's stand-up and sketch show. It certainly was right on the edge of acceptability in many areas, and voters have made it clear that it was, overall, the 2010 TV sketch show that they enjoyed the least.


Sarah Millican.

Best Radio Sketch Show 2010: Sarah Millican's Support Group

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This radio show, in which sketches were fitted around Sarah Millican's agony aunt character, came out top of our sketch show poll.

Elsewhere, Radio 7's Newsjack, the topical sketch show anyone can write for, did well.


QI. Image shows from L to R: Alan Davies, Stephen Fry. Copyright: TalkbackThames.

Best TV Panel Show 2010: QI

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Brain-box panel show QI has won this award three times previously - and it comes out top of the voting again in 2010. It's true that the show's started to receive a bit of criticism of late, but its position in the vote shows that there are still more than enough fans around, and that the most high-brow of comedy can become a big success.

The BBC dominated this category, with Would I Lie To You? a very respectable second, and Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Mock The Week also proving popular in the poll.

Worst TV Panel Show 2010: Celebrity Juice. Fans and visitors to British Comedy Guide seem to be two largely separate demographics as, for the second year in a row, Keith Lemon's (Leigh Francis) raucous panel show got the most negative votes in this category.

However, BBC Three's The King Is Dead was a very close 2nd place in the 'worst' stakes - suggesting that hosting (and creating) the show wasn't the best career decision that The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird made.


I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. Image shows from L to R: Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer. Copyright: BBC.

Best Radio Panel Show 2010: I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

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Despite the change of host, Radio 4's self-styled antidote to panel games continues to please audiences. At this stage it was well into its 54th series and with such popularity shows no sign of slowing.

The Unbelievable Truth and The News Quiz, two other perennial Radio 4 panel shows, also picked up respectable numbers of votes in this category.


Newswipe With Charlie Brooker. Charlie Brooker. Copyright: Zeppotron.

Best TV Entertainment Show 2010: Newswipe With Charlie Brooker

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Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe special, rounding-up 2010 on TV, and a second series of the popular variant Newswipe, in which he mercilessly dissects television news coverage, grabbed a win for the acerbic commentator.

Russell Howard's Good News also did very well, and Harry Hill's TV Burp was the only ITV show in any category this year to have picked up a notable number of positive votes.

Worst TV Entertainment Show 2010: James Corden's World Cup Live. After every main World Cup football match in the summer, James Corden came on telly to broadcast live to the nation. A bold format idea, but it turned out to be a bit of a shouty shambles and clearly failed to win over voters in this category.


Image shows from L to R: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders. Copyright: BBC.

Best Radio Entertainment Show 2010: French & Saunders

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Dawn French and Jennfier Saunders reunited to present a series of entertainment shows for Radio 2 over the Christmas period. Their mix of light-hearted banter, comedy guests and records certainly seemed to have been a winning combination based on the votes.

Other comedies to score well in this category were stand-up shows Mark Steel's In Town and Richard Herring's Objective, as well as Marcus Brigstocke's challenge show I've Never Seen Star Wars.


Misfits. Copyright: Clerkenwell Films.

Best TV Comedy Drama 2010: Misfits

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Comedy drama is tricky to get right: most programmes in this genre normally just fail to be funny enough. However, Misfits, written by Howard Overman, had been getting great ratings for E4 thanks to its mix of comedy and zippy storylines - and it took away the award for Comedy Drama this year.

Overman picked up a double here, with his BBC Four adaptation of Douglas Adams's Dirk Gently doing very well in this category, particularly so considering it was a single pilot.

Worst TV Comedy Drama 2010: Shameless. After 7 series, it seems viewers were bored of Channel 4's Shameless. Had the channel become overly-reliant on the Manchester-based comedy drama? The voting in our poll certainly suggested so, with a stupendously long 22-episode Series 8 on air at the time.

We were also somewhat surprised by the number of negative votes cast for Rock & Chips, the Only Fools And Horses prequel, suggesting people hadn't got to grasps with the fact that, unlike its parent, it's not a sitcom.


Miranda. Image shows from L to R: Penny (Patricia Hodge), Gary (Tom Ellis), Miranda (Miranda Hart), Stevie (Sarah Hadland), Clive (James Holmes). Copyright: BBC.

Comedy Of The Year 2010: Miranda

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At the end of the voting process, we asked voters to select what was the overall best comedy of the year. Many people opted for Peep Show or The Inbetweeners, but more selected Miranda than anything else.

Miranda Hart's sitcom is certainly a big success story - its family-friendly storylines, joyful atmosphere and use of techniques such as addressing the camera directly have all worked to establish a big fan-base, and as word-of-mouth spread, ratings rocketed, comfortably passing the 4 million viewers mark for the Christmas-themed episode 6 - absolutely massive ratings for a BBC Two sitcom.

Worst Comedy Of The Year 2010: Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights.


Roy Clarke.

Editors' Award 2010: Roy Clarke

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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.

The Editors' Award for 2010 went to sitcom writing supremo Roy Clarke, who retired his long-running hit Last Of The Summer Wine - the world's longest-running sitcom - in August after an incredible 37 years. Amassing 31 series and almost 300 episodes, as well as its own spin-off (First Of The Summer Wine), the comedy bowed out with sinking viewing figures but a dedicated core audience and fan-base.

Meanwhile, Keeping Up Appearances, another Clarke-penned sitcom, continues to entertain with regular repeats on the BBC and channels like Gold, not to mention huge popularity in countries like the USA and Australia.

Roy Clarke also worked with comedy giant Ronnie Barker on a number of occasions, penning the single series The Magnificent Evans, and more notably the long-lasting success story Open All Hours, which also highlighted the shining star of David Jason. Other Clarke sitcoms do not enjoy such repeats nowadays and are accordingly largely forgotten, despite having been popular at the time of their production. Such shows include Arthur Lowe's final sitcom, Potter, as well as The Growing Pains Of PC Penrose, and the 3 series of its successor, Rosie.


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