The winners of the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2023 have been announced, recognising the best television and radio of the last calendar year.
Two rounds of public voting throughout January saw the 351 new productions to air during the year whittled down to a shortlist of six in each of ten categories, with voters also asked to pick a single favourite Comedy Of The Year.
In their 18th year, the award winners this year are lead by the final series of BBC One sitcom Ghosts, which picks up both Best Returning TV Sitcom - for a third year running - and the overall Comedy Of The Year.
Best Returning TV Sitcom & Comedy Of The Year: Ghosts
BBC One's Ghosts, made by Monumental Pictures, returned for a final, fifth series and Christmas special during 2023 - not to mention a Comic Relief short guest starring Kylie Minogue. The sitcom was created by and stars Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, and also features Charlotte Ritchie, Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Lolly Adefope in leading roles.
The six creators say: "We are dead chuffed to receive these awards and hugely grateful to everyone who voted for Ghosts. Our greatest hope was to go out on a high, so to have the final series recognised in this way is the cherry on top of five incredible years.
"Luckily, ghosts never die, so we very much look forward to next year's nomination for Best Returning Sitcom on a technicality."
Best New TV Sitcom: Queen Of Oz
Queen Of Oz was the voters' favourite sitcom to make its television debut last year. Created, co-written by and starring Catherine Tate, she sent the video message above and says: "Thank you so much to everyone who voted, what a wonderful surprise. I'm genuinely thrilled and touched. Thank you!"
Best Radio Sitcom: Whatever Happened To Baby Jane Austen?
Writer David Quantick says: "It's fantastic to hear that British Comedy Guide has given Whatever Happened To Baby Jane Austen? the award for Best Radio Sitcom of 2024 because not only do I love British Comedy Guide but also it's a public vote. Thanks again from me and everyone on the show!"
Dawn and Jennifer say: "We don't know who David Quantick is sleeping with on the board of these comedy awards... but we're grateful that he does!"
Best TV Sketch Show: Horrible Histories
Despite only airing four regular episodes and a BBC Proms special in 2023, the children's comedy series remains a firm favourite with viewers, trouncing all other competitors in this category for another year.
Best Radio Sketch Show: Dead Ringers
Producer and creator Dare expressed his thanks again to all voters, whilst cast member Jess Robinson recorded the above video.
Best TV Panel Show: Would I Lie To You?
Rob Brydon quips: "Thank you to all the Comedy.co.uk readers who voted for us, this is a lovely surprise. I will now make way for David and Lee who have doubtless supplied humorous rather than heartfelt quotes."
David Mitchell says: "Thank you so much for this award. The consistent support that Comedy.co.uk readers have shown Would I Lie To You? in recent years has been one of the few constants in a frightening and changing world, though of course this will only make the shock all the more deracinating when you inevitably turn on us."
Lee Mack added: "This is the final year I spend 3 weeks locked in my bedroom endlessly voting. It's not fair. I still only have a Commodore 64 which uses dial up and it takes forever. I'm done with this. Rob and David pull your finger out and put a shift in."
Best Radio Panel Show: The Unbelievable Truth
Mitchell quips: "Enormous thanks to everyone who voted for The Unbelievable Truth for the Comedy.co.uk Awards. Your continuing support of the show is greatly appreciated and instrumental in stopping us doing a podcast instead."
Best TV Entertainment Show: Taskmaster
On Channel 4, Avalon's hit challenge show broadcast two series (15 and 16) and a New Year Treat during 2023. Its enduring popularity sees the show pick up a further win in this hotly-contested category.
Series 17 and 18 are due to air later this year, with another New Year Treat special expected in the opening days of 2025.
Best Radio Entertainment Show: You're Dead To Me
Best TV Comedy Drama: Good Omens
For more details and for a history of the awards, see the Comedy.co.uk Awards homepage