Launched in 2002, BBC Four is the most high-brow of the BBC TV channels. Having replaced BBC Knowledge (launched in 1999), it is available on all digital platforms. BBC Four exists to provide alternatives to the programmes on mainstream TV and thus the comedies found on this channel tend to be quite niche in scope. As BBC Four is focused on arts and factual series, it does not have much room for comedy - however, so far, it has managed to achieve a very high hit rate. The Thick Of It and Lead Balloon both started life on this channel.
See also: BBC Asian Network, BBC Choice, BBC HD, BBC Home Service, BBC Light Programme, BBC Local Radio, BBC National Programme, BBC One, BBC One HD, BBC One Scotland, BBC One Wales, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio 5 (Old), BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 7, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Regional Programme, BBC Three, BBC Three (online), BBC Two, BBC Two Scotland, BBC Two Wales, BBC World Service, CBBC, CBeebies.
According to our database BBC Four has premiered 100 original British comedy programmes.
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Monday 11th July 2016
TV regulator Ofcom's annual report on Public Service Broadcasting reveals that spending on original British TV comedy has fallen by 4% in a year, despite 72% of viewers considering it an important genre.