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Monday 4th February 2019
The public have voted Derry Girls as Best New TV Sitcom in the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2018, with Inside No. 9 named Comedy Of The Year 2018 for the second year running. Other winners include Friday Night Dinner, Taskmaster and Vic & Bob's Big Night Out.