Awards 2016 winners announced

Monday 23rd January 2017, 5:11pm

Red Dwarf. Image shows from L to R: Cat (Danny John-Jules), Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Lister (Craig Charles), Kryten (Robert Llewellyn). Copyright: UKTV

The winners of the Awards 2016 have been revealed.

After mobilising its significant online fanbase, Dave's Red Dwarf has picked up the overall "Comedy Of The Year 2016" award, as well as the hotly-contested "Best Returning TV Sitcom 2016" title.

Tens of thousands of comedy fans cast votes over the past fortnight, first narrowing down all 346 comedy programmes broadcast on radio and television in 2016 into shortlists of six in each category, and then voting again to determine the eventual winners.

Ben Elton's Upstart Crow, starring David Mitchell, was voted "Best New TV Sitcom 2016", whilst UKTV's channel Dave scored a double with comedy challenge show Taskmaster named "Best TV Entertainment Show 2016" to add to the Red Dwarf win.

Channel boss Steve North says: "We're really delighted that viewers and British Comedy Guide's visitors have enjoyed our shows so much this year. It's testament to the strength of the writing and the performances of the cast that Red Dwarf XI is perhaps as strong a series as there's ever been, while watching the hilarious chaos of Taskmaster is a delight every week. We can't wait for both shows to return this year."

He adds: "Dave commissions these shows because we think they're very special and they're shows we want to see, and it's really encouraging to know that comedy viewers feel the same."

This is the 11th year British Comedy Guide has run its annual awards. Television event The British Comedy Awards have not taken place since 2014, making the Awards one of the only chances for British comedy programmes and those who create and star in them to be celebrated, and the only awards in which the results are decided entirely by the public.

The winners in each category, as well as the other shortlisted nominees, are detailed below.

Best New TV Sitcom 2016: Upstart Crow

Upstart Crow. Image shows from L to R: John Shakespeare (Harry Enfield), Mary Arden (Paula Wilcox), Anne Hathaway (Liza Tarbuck), Will Shakespeare (David Mitchell), Susanna (Helen Monks). Copyright: BBC

Written by Ben Elton, the sitcom starring David Mitchell as William Shakespeare will return for a second series, expected in the Spring. Studio recordings for Series 2 begin tomorrow.

Camping. Image shows from L to R: Tom (Rufus Jones), Fay (Julia Davis). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions


Fleabag. Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge). Copyright: Two Brothers Pictures


Motherland. Image shows from L to R: Kevin (Paul Ready), Liz (Diane Morgan)


Mum. Cathy (Lesley Manville)


The Windsors. Image shows from L to R: Harry (Richard Goulding), Charles (Harry Enfield), Camilla (Haydn Gwynne), Wills (Hugh Skinner). Copyright: Noho Film and TV

The Windsors

Best Returning TV Sitcom 2016: Red Dwarf

Red Dwarf. Image shows from L to R: Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Butler (Dominic Coleman), Lister (Craig Charles), Kryten (Robert Llewellyn), Cat (Danny John-Jules)

The hotly anticipated twelfth series of the sci-fi sitcom has already been filmed and is expected to broadcast this Autumn on Dave.

Co-creator and series writer/director Doug Naylor says: "Absolutely thrilled to hear the news that Red Dwarf XI has won both awards. Especially in a year with so many great shows. Thanks to Dave, Baby Cow and all who voted. This award will really help me next time I need to persuade one of the guys to climb into a prosthetic monster costume with six other creature performers and stay in there for half a day with no toilet breaks. So thank you. You've made my job a whole lot easier."

Friday Night Dinner. Image shows from L to R: Jonny (Tom Rosenthal), Adam (Simon Bird), Jackie (Tamsin Greig). Copyright: Popper Pictures / Big Talk Productions

Friday Night Dinner

Josh. Image shows from L to R: Geoff (Jack Dee), Kate (Beattie Edmondson), Josh (Josh Widdicombe), Owen (Elis James). Copyright: BBC


Man Down. Dan (Greg Davies). Copyright: Avalon Television

Man Down

Mid Morning Matters With Alan Partridge. Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions

Mid Morning Matters With Alan Partridge

Outnumbered. Image shows from L to R: Ben (Daniel Roche), Pete (Hugh Dennis), Jake (Tyger Drew-Honey), Karen (Ramona Marquez), Sue (Claire Skinner). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions


Best Radio Sitcom 2016: Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!

Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!. Count Arthur Strong (Steve Delaney). Copyright: Komedia Entertainment

Count Arthur remarks: "I don't know what to say! The last thing I won was a bottle of White Horse's in a Knobbly Knees Contest at Butlins, Pwllheli. This is almost as good as that! Apart from the White Horse's, obviously. I'm sure I speak for all at Komedia Entertainment and Smooth Operations when I say, thank you to all who voted for it/us... What do I get?"

A new live DVD, Count Arthur Strong's Command Performance will be released in February.

Clare In The Community. Copyright: BBC

Clare In The Community

Ed Reardon's Week. Ed Reardon (Christopher Douglas). Copyright: BBC

Ed Reardon's Week

Josie Long: Romance And Adventure. Josie (Josie Long). Copyright: BBC

Josie Long: Romance And Adventure

Thanks A Lot, Milton Jones!. Milton (Milton Jones). Copyright: Pozzitive Productions

Thanks A Lot, Milton Jones!

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang Ups. Tom (Tom Wrigglesworth). Copyright: BBC

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang Ups

Best TV Sketch Show 2016: Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Frances (Miles Jupp), William Shakespeare (Tom Stourton), Jessica Ransom. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television

The hit childrens' factually-accurate sketch show wins the award for a remarkable sixth year in a row, despite only broadcasting 3 special episodes in 2016. They are available now on DVD.

Morgana Robinson's The Agency. Morgana Robinson. Copyright: Happy Tramp Productions

Morgana Robinson's The Agency

Newzoids. Copyright: Citrus Television


The Keith Lemon Sketch Show. Copyright: Talkback / Bang Tidy Productions

The Keith Lemon Sketch Show

Tracey Ullman's Show. Tracey Ullman. Copyright: BBC / Allan McKeown Presents

Tracey Ullman's Show

Walliams & Friend. David Walliams. Copyright: King Bert Productions

Walliams & Friend

Best Radio Sketch Show 2016: John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme. Image shows from L to R: Lawry Lewin, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, John Finnemore, Carrie Quinlan, Simon Kane. Copyright: BBC

Finnemore says of his win: "I am absolutely delighted that Souvenir Programme has joined the proud roll-call of Things The Public Voted For In 2016; alongside Trump, Brexit, and Boaty McBoatface." This win further underlines writer-star John Finnemore talent. He remains the most successful writer in the history of the Awards, having won in at least one category every year since 2011.

Daphne. Image shows from L to R: Jason Forbes, George Fouracres, Phil Wang

Daphne Sounds Expensive

Dead Ringers. Copyright: BBC

Dead Ringers

Elis James' Pantheon Of Heroes. Image shows from L to R: Benjamin Partridge, Elis James, Nadia Kamil. Copyright: BBC

Elis James' Pantheon Of Heroes

Newsjack. Copyright: BBC


The Brig Society. Marcus Brigstocke. Copyright: Pozzitive Productions

The Brig Society

Best TV Panel Show 2016: 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Image shows from L to R: Sean Lock, Jimmy Carr, Jon Richardson. Copyright: ITV Studios / Zeppotron
Celebrity Juice. Image shows from L to R: Holly Willoughby, Leigh Francis, Fearne Cotton. Copyright: Talkback

Celebrity Juice

Have I Got News For You. Copyright: BBC / Hat Trick Productions

Have I Got News For You

Mock The Week. Image shows from L to R: Hugh Dennis, Dara O Briain

Mock The Week

QI. Image shows from L to R: Alan Davies, Sandi Toksvig. Copyright: TalkbackThames


Would I Lie To You?. Image shows from L to R: David Mitchell, Rob Brydon, Lee Mack. Copyright: Zeppotron

Would I Lie To You?

Best Radio Panel Show 2016: The Unbelievable Truth

The Unbelievable Truth. David Mitchell. Copyright: BBC / Random Entertainment
Breaking The News. Des Clarke. Copyright: BBC

Breaking The News

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. Copyright: BBC

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Just A Minute. Image shows from L to R: Paul Merton, Nicholas Parsons. Copyright: BBC

Just A Minute

The Museum Of Curiosity. John Lloyd. Copyright: BBC

The Museum Of Curiosity

The News Quiz. Miles Jupp. Copyright: BBC

The News Quiz

Best TV Entertainment Show 2016: Taskmaster

Taskmaster. Image shows from L to R: Greg Davies, Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television

A year in which not one but two series of the hit comic challenge show were broadcast, sees Taskmaster take the TV Entertainment Show crown from The Graham Norton Show, the chat show which has won in this category for the previous five years in a row.

Charlie Brooker's Year Wipe. Charlie Brooker. Copyright: Zeppotron

Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe

Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish. Dave Gorman. Copyright: Liberty Bell

Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle. Stewart Lee. Copyright: BBC

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle

The Graham Norton Show. Graham Norton. Copyright: So Television

The Graham Norton Show

The Last Leg. Image shows from L to R: Alex Brooker, Josh Widdicombe, Adam Hills. Copyright: Open Mike Productions

The Last Leg

Best Radio Entertainment Show 2016: The Now Show

The Now Show. Image shows from L to R: Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis. Copyright: BBC
Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar. Alexei Sayle. Copyright: BBC

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar

Barry's Lunch Club. Barry From Watford (Alex Lowe)

Barry's Lunch Club

Keep Calman Carry On. Susan Calman. Copyright: BBC

Keep Calman Carry On

Mark Steel's In Town. Mark Steel. Copyright: BBC

Mark Steel's In Town

Tim Vine

The Tim Vine Chat Show

Best TV Comedy Drama 2016: Inside No. 9

Inside No. 9. Image shows from L to R: Klaus (Reece Shearsmith), Julian Devonshire (Steve Pemberton). Copyright: BBC

Inside No. 9 wins the award despite broadcasting just one single episode in 2016; the Christmas special teaser to Series 3, which is set to continue on BBC Two next month.

Cold Feet. Image shows from L to R: David Marsden (Robert Bathurst), Adam Williams (James Nesbitt), Karen Marsden (Hermione Norris), Jenny Gifford (Fay Ripley), Pete Gifford (John Thomson). Copyright: Big Talk Productions

Cold Feet

Flowers. Image shows from L to R: Amy (Sophia Di Martino), Maurice (Julian Barratt), Deborah (Olivia Colman), Donald (Daniel Rigby). Copyright: Kudos Productions


Fresh Meat. Image shows from L to R: Kingsley (Joe Thomas), Vod (Zawe Ashton), Josie (Kimberley Nixon), JP (Jack Whitehall), Howard (Greg McHugh), Oregon (Charlotte Ritchie). Copyright: Objective Productions / Lime Pictures

Fresh Meat

Jonathan Creek. Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies). Copyright: BBC

Jonathan Creek

Stag. Image shows from L to R: Ian (Jim Howick), Johnners (Stephen Campbell Moore). Copyright: BBC / Idiotlamp


Comedy Of The Year 2016: Red Dwarf

Red Dwarf. Image shows from L to R: Kryten (Robert Llewellyn), Cat (Danny John-Jules), Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Lister (Craig Charles)

Red Dwarf follows previous Comedy Of The Year award winners such as Green Wing, Miranda, Cabin Pressure, and Peter Kay's Car Share.

View previous years' winners

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