All-new British Comedy Guide

Till Death Us Do Part. Alf Garnett (Warren Mitchell). Copyright: Associated London Films Limited

I'm delighted - and relieved - to announce that British Comedy Guide will be relaunching this weekend.

The forums will close to new posts early afternoon tomorrow (Saturday) and should be back online by mid-week. The site will switch over to new systems on Sunday - for most people this will be fairly immediate, but some may experience down-time with comedy.co.uk being entirely inaccessible.

As we're moving to entirely new systems we'll be bringing some functionality online gradually over the space of a couple of days. Over the coming weeks we'll be rolling out more new and rebuilt features, and further upgrading other elements from their relaunch state. There will be one or two lesser-used site features that remain offline a little while longer.

With the relaunch you can expect immediate, much-improved performance of the site; an overhauled, leaner design; significantly better mobile experience; and - launching early 2022 - comprehensive coverage and listings of live comedy across the UK.

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This has been a long time in development (Supporters will recall it's now a full year since they saw first drafts of the new design), which is essentially a full-time job itself alongside keeping the existing site running and as full of new content as possible, so we're very excited to finally pull the covers off.

If you believe in what we do, please consider donating and becoming a Supporter - it's only with help from other devoted comedy fans that British Comedy Guide can continue to exist and deliver all it does, from exclusive news stories to Comedy Chronicles and the weekly quiz. The weekend's relaunch is just the start of our ambitions, not the end! Every last penny and pound goes to great new content like that.

Once we're back online, feel free to feed back below with any comments you may have. Your real use of the site will reveal invaluable insights we just cannot create in lab testing procedures, and as certain elements continue to be relaunched and further upgraded, there's real chance for your opinions to influence how they develop. :)

In the meantime, have a fun and safe Bonfire Night.

Good luck with the relaunch - looking forward to it!

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Quote: Lazzard @ 5th November 2021, 12:49 PM

Good luck with the relaunch - looking forward to it!

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Yes. I'm worried about that too.

Quote: Chappers @ 5th November 2021, 6:31 PM

Yes. I'm worried about that too.

Actually, I was talking about the current slowness.
But I know what you mean - too much clever-dickery on websites can be a bit counter-productive sometimes.
We shall have to wait and see...

Ooft. Well. Safe to say this is taking longer than we'd imagined.

We've experienced a much larger number of technical issues than we'd anticipated in moving over to our new systems, but we're working 12-15 hour days at the moment in order to catch up and bridge the gaps.

Some of you may have noticed there were problems until mid last week around even logging in, so clearly it's not right to reopen the forums with such errors remaining.

Don't worry and please do stick with us though - the forums are definitely returning, hopefully by the end of November. We're very sorry for the continued inconvenience and disappointment in the meantime. It's frustrating to us far more than it is anyone else!

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