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Weekly Newsletter Monday 27th June 2016
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Latest Comedy News
Lee Nelson comic pranks Trump with swastika golf balls Lee Nelson comic pranks Trump with swastika golf balls

Simon Brodkin - aka Lee Nelson - has pulled his latest high-profile prank, interrupting a Donald Trump press conference with swastika-emblazoned golf balls. Read
ITV2 to pilot panel show hosted by Rylan ITV2 to pilot panel show hosted by Rylan

Rylan Clark-Neal is to host an ITV2 panel show pilot. Codswallop Club is a format described as being "devoted to the art of bluffing". Read
Filming starts on Scot Squad Series 3 Filming starts on Scot Squad Series 3

Filming has begun on the third series of Scot Squad, the spoof police documentary series broadcast on BBC One Scotland. Read
Steven Berkoff and Mark Hamill join Man Down Series 3 Steven Berkoff and Mark Hamill join Man Down Series 3

Star Wars legend Mark Hamill, movie star Steven Berkoff, and comedian Isy Suttie all join the cast of Man Down Series 3, which is set to start on the 13th July. Read

The Arts Training Company is running a series of weekend workshops in London this summer. On the 13th and 14th of August they're presenting Writing Comedy For Stage And Screen and on the 20th and 21st August it's How To Write A Sitcom.
Tim Vine interview Tim Vine interview

Tim Vine answers some quickfire questions about his Radio 4 show, a format in which he chats to the audience. It starts on Radio 4 this Thursday. Read
Win a signed Ab Fab poster Win a signed Ab Fab poster

We have a signed poster from Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie to give away. Enter
First Gig, Worst Gig: Felicity Ward First Gig, Worst Gig: Felicity Ward

The well-reviewed Felicity Ward talks pegs, pineapples and broken jaws. Read
James Farrell interview James Farrell interview

Top TV comedy producer James Farrell gives us an insight into what his job entails. Read
Pledge to Angel Comedy's Kickstarter and re-name the MC Pledge to Angel Comedy's Kickstarter and re-name the MC

The Angel Comedy Club in London has raised £20,000 via Kickstarter to set up its own dedicated venue. It's now aiming to raise another £40,000 to fund a training space and community projects. In return for backing the project, you can name anything in the club... even the MC! Read
Podcasts Podcasts

Richard Herring's RHLSTP chat with Tony Law is hard to describe - you'll just have to listen in. Other new podcasts this week include an interview with Shappi Khorsandi, and a really entertaining discussion with Danny Baker. Listen
TV Listings
Agatha Raisin Agatha Raisin
Tuesday, Sky1, 9pm

Episode 4 of the light-hearted detective series. This week Agatha springs into action when James's girlfriend Mary Fortune is found dead. Guide
Rovers Rovers
Tuesday, Sky1, 10pm

In the last episode of the series, it's Doreen's 25th anniversary at the club, but no one seems that bothered. Pete reveals to Tel that he is worried he is losing him to Mel. Guide
Taskmaster Taskmaster
Tuesday, Dave, 10pm

Nursery rhymes are the flavour of this episode and viewer discretion is advised for Jon Richardson's disturbing take on Three Blind Mice (see our guide to watch that preview clip now). Guide
Russell Howard's Stand Up Central Russell Howard's Stand Up Central
Wednesday, Comedy Central, 10pm

Russell Howard talks racial tension and lady wrestling; plus answers questions on YouTubers and tickling chickens. His guests are Johnny Pelham and Seann Walsh. Guide
Power Monkeys Power Monkeys
Wednesday, Channel 4, 10pm

The topical sitcom continues to tackle the topics of the week - and what a week! Spencer has moved onto scolding the Premier League and zigzag haircuts, while Tony endeavours to save his marriage... to the Conservative Party. Guide
Murder In Successville Murder In Successville
Wednesday, BBC Three

Sports pundit Chris Kamara takes on the role of DI Sleet's cop sidekick in the third episode of this unique comedy format. Who killed racehorse Alan Shearer? Guide
Safeword Safeword
Thursday, ITV2, 10pm

The Wanted's Tom Parker and dancer James Jordan are the targets on the panel show this week. Matt Richardson and Jamali Maddix are the guest comics. Guide
It's Not Me, It's You It's Not Me, It's You
Thursday, Channel 5, 10pm

The new panel show hosted by Eamonn Holmes continues. Team captains Kelly Brook and Vicky Pattison lead another two teams in a series of fun and cheeky games and challenges. Guide
Jason Byrne In Ireland Sky Arts Irish Comedy Shorts
Thursday, Sky Arts, 10:30pm

Sky Arts broadcasts six short comedies on an Irish theme. They're written by and star Katherine Ryan, Seann Walsh, Jason Byrne, Al Porter, Alison Spittle and the group Diet Of Worms. Great fun - don't miss out on watching. Guide
Mock The Week Mock The Week
Friday, BBC Two, 10pm

Dara O Briain and Hugh Dennis are joined by Rob Beckett, Gary Delaney, Ed Gamble, Rhys James and Zoe Lyons to discuss the political fallout over the last seven days. Guide
The Last Leg The Last Leg
Friday, Channel 4, 10pm

Adam Hills has posted on Facebook to defend the anti-Leave tone of last week's show. This week he's joined by Greg Davies to examine 'the biggest news stories'... so that'll be Brexit again then. Guide
The Graham Norton Show The Graham Norton Show
Friday, BBC One, 10:35pm

Graham Norton's chat show seems to go from strength-to-strength. As proof of that, here's a compilation of highlights from Series 19 of the show. There were too many A-list guests over the last 14 episodes to mention them all here. Guide

For a complete list of broadcasts, including repeats and radio comedy, see our full schedule.
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Mr Bean - Racing Adventures Mr Bean - Racing Adventures

OUT NOW. A further collection of comic animated adventures of Rowan Atkinson's celebrated character. Join Mr Bean in a car-against-car battle with his nemesis, the blue three wheeler... who will win? Also follow Mr Bean as he goes in search of wildlife (and finds something unexpected), becomes a taxi driver, sings on stage at the opera and has a race to the altar. Details
Extras - The Complete Collection Extras - The Complete Collection

PRE-ORDER. Series 1 and 2 plus the Christmas special of the BBC comedy from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, following the humiliations of professional film extra Andy Millman (Gervais) and his eccentric friend Maggie (Ashley Jensen) as they try - and fail - to gain significant lines or parts in various productions. Catch up with the series and its array of A-list guest stars. Details
Bachelor Of Hearts Bachelor Of Hearts

OUT NOW. An enjoyable late 1950s British comedy about the adventures of young German scholar Wolf Hauser (Hardy Kruger), who arrives for a year at Cambridge and tries to fit in. Apart from his studies he tries to muck in with the very English non-academic goings-on whilst also finding time to romance pretty Girton-girl Ann (Sylvia Syms). Details
Count Arthur Strong - The Complete Second Series Count Arthur Strong - The Complete Second Series

PRE-ORDER. Wit, bon vivant, social gadfly, master of the mystic arts and star of stage and screen Count Arthur Strong is none of these, though he likes to think he is... Steve Delaney returns as the pompously delusional Count Arthur in this BAFTA-nominated sitcom written by Delaney and Graham Linehan (The IT Crowd). Series 3 is on the way, and Series 2 is out in September. Details
Dad's Army Dad's Army

OUT NOW. The recent cinema reimagining of the classic sitcom Dad's Army is out now to own on both DVD and Blu-ray. The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion. Despite diverting from canon in a few places, the film is great fun for all the family, old and new fans alike. Details

For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
Comedy Videos
Snapfax Snapfax

"Live it. Dream it. Shred it." Check out the promotion for this new 'game changing social media technology'. You can also send your own Snapfax via the accompanying website. Watch
Donald Trump on Scottish golf Donald Trump on Scottish golf

Donald Trump talks about his golf course in this sketch from BBC Scotland, starring Jonathan Watson as the presidential candidate. Watch
Pie, Milk, Coconuts Big Field

Have you discovered Big Field yet? It's a surreal online sketch show series which is filmed on a farm. All five new episodes made with BBC Three are online here now. Watch
Are all foreigners criminals? Are all foreigners criminals?

Piers Tumbleback (Luke McQueen) shows 'how easy it is for foreigners to steal in the UK' in this latest video, which you'll probably need to watch through your fingers. Watch
Cold Feet - Series 6 teaser Cold Feet - Cold Feet - Series 6 teaser

After a break of 13 years, ITV comedy drama Cold Feet is returning. In this short teaser clip we see Adam and his son Matthew watching football. Watch
Series 2, Episode 1 The Girl Whisperer

A second series of the online sitcom about a 'weirdo' who is interested in learning more about dating. Joz Norris and Harriet Kemsley star. The first two episodes are here. Watch
Guide Spotlight
Guide Spotlight My Brother's Keeper

Written by and starring George Layton and Jonathan Lynn, this mid-70s sitcom ran for 2 series on ITV, charting the adventures of twins Brian and Pete. Whilst Brian is an officious and determined policeman, Pete is a sponging, militant student. Their only commonality is women... Guide
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