Comedy.co.uk Awards 2019 winners revealed

Monday 27th January 2020, 4:00pm

Good Omens. Image shows from L to R: Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), Crowley (David Tennant).

Good Omens leads the winners of the 2019 Comedy.co.uk Awards.

The BBC Studios comedy, published in May by Amazon Prime Video and currently airing on BBC Two, was named both Best TV Comedy Drama and Comedy Of The Year, in the annual poll of TV viewers and radio listeners.

Meanwhile, Ricky Gervais's After Life was named Best New TV Sitcom.

The winners in each of the ten categories are as follows.

Best New TV Sitcom: After Life

After Life. Image shows from L to R: Daphne/'Roxy' (Roisin Conaty), Tony (Ricky Gervais), Nun (Julia Dearden).

Ricky Gervais says: "To win an award by public vote is heartwarming. People at home who watch the show are the reason I do this job. That and the money, obviously."

Best Returning TV Sitcom: Fleabag

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

Voters picked Series 2 of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag as the best returning situation comedy in 2019.

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

Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!. Copyright: Andy Hollingworth.

Count Arthur responds to his win: "I am highly delighted to have won this award again, again. It's not every day you win something for an unprecedented three times. I will be celebrating tonight down The Shoulder of Mutton. The drinks are on me!... No they're not. It's just a saying! If anything you should be buying me a drink!"

Best TV Sketch Show: Vic & Bob's Big Night Out

Vic & Bob's Big Night Out. Image shows from L to R: Bob Mortimer, Vic Reeves.

This is the third win in a row for the BBC Four sketch show, after its first series triumphed in the 2018 awards, and pilot episode the year prior. Bob Mortimer says: "We have loved bringing back the Big Night Out and are so very chuffed that after all these years people still take pleasure from our antics."

Best Radio Sketch Show: Dead Ringers

Dead Ringers. Image shows from L to R: Lewis Macleod, Debra Stephenson, Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Duncan Wisbey. Copyright: BBC.

Creator and producer, Bill Dare says: "It's a great honour to get this award, and on behalf of the writers, performers and crew I would like to thank everyone who voted. This may or may not be a bad time for the country, but it's been a cracking time for satire, so big thanks to all the politicians who tried so hard to make a mess of things - we couldn't do it without you."

Best TV Panel Show: Would I Lie To You?

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

The frequently hysterical panel show picks up its seventh Panel Show prize, having previously claimed the title in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

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

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

ISIHAC - the self-proclaimed antidote to panel games - also claims its seventh title, after winning in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Best TV Entertainment Show: Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing. Image shows from L to R: Bob Mortimer, Paul Whitehouse. Copyright: Owl Power.

Shortlisted in 2018 for its first series, this beautifully photographed comedy claims its first Comedy.co.uk Award win today. A third series is already in the can and expected to air this Summer.

Best Radio Entertainment Show: Susan Calman Makes Me Happy

Susan Calman Makes Me Happy. Susan Calman. Copyright: Somethin' Else.

Susan says: "Yay! I'm absolutely delighted that the show won this award! It means so much to all of us that people liked the show and bothered to vote. I love making shows for Radio 4 and I'm glad it made people happy."

Best TV Comedy Drama: Good Omens

Good Omens. Image shows from L to R: Crowley (David Tennant), Aziraphale (Michael Sheen).

The brand new TV adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's worldwide best-selling novel was first seen in May, when it was published by co-producer, online streaming giant Amazon Prime Video. It finally made its television debut on BBC Two a fortnight ago, and stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen.

Neil Gaiman tweeted: "This is wonderful news!", adding "Congratulations to everyone who made it possible."


This was the 14th year of the Comedy.co.uk Awards. Recognising the best comic programming across both television and radio, the Comedy.co.uk Awards are unique in being decided upon solely by a public vote. All 430 radio and television programmes to broadcast or publish a new episode during 2019 were longlisted in an initial fortnight of voting at the start of January, with the top six in each of the ten categories making up a final fortnight's shortlist.

Long-form online programming, through services such as BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, were counted as television for the purpose of the awards' groupings.

Voting for the 2020 awards will open in early January 2021. Comedy.co.uk Awards history


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