British Comedy Guide Newsletter
Weekly Newsletter Monday 8th January 2018
As we enter the second week of the year, we're looking ahead to the new comedy set to debut later in 2018.
Latest Comedy News
Comedy.co.uk Awards Voting continues for Comedy.co.uk Awards 2017

Have you entered your votes yet for our annual awards? Every new TV and radio from last year is shortlisted, so find your favourites on the list to support them. Vote
Suki Webster and Paul Merton to record radio play Suki Webster and Paul Merton to record radio play

Suki Webster and Paul Merton are to record My Obsession for the radio, their play about an obsessed fan. Read
Radio comedies shortlisted for BBC Audio Awards 2018 Radio comedies shortlisted for BBC Audio Awards 2018

Liam Williams, The Penny Dreadfuls, Sarah Kendall, The Absolutely Radio Show, Harry And Paul Present and It's Jocelyn are amongst the shortlisted nominees for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2018. Read
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Lady Windermere's Fan runs in London from 12th January to 7th April. Award-winning director Kathy Burke has brought together the talented comedic cast of Jennifer Saunders, Samantha Spiro and Kevin Bishop to bring Oscar Wilde's classic play to the Vaudeville Theatre this Spring. Info & Tickets
Features
Witless - Series 3 interviews Witless - Series 3 interviews

Witless stars Kerry Howard and Zoe Boyle and the sitcom's writers, Joe Tucker and Lloyd Woolf, discuss the comedy action thriller coming to an end after three series. Read
20 TV comedy series coming in 2018 20 TV comedy series coming in 2018

A list of British comedy shows coming to TV in 2018. A new Alan Partridge sitcom; spoof spy thriller Action Team; more squirrel in Friday Night Dinner; John Cleese's return to sitcom acting; and more. Lots of shows to look forward to! Read
Aaron Chen and Angus Gordon in London Aaron Chen and Angus Gordon in London

We catch up with Angus Gordon and Aaron Chen, the best newcomers from the Melbourne Comedy Festival, as they perform their shows in London. Read
First Gig, Worst Gig: Pope Lonergan First Gig, Worst Gig: Pope Lonergan

It's Pope's New Year Message - Pope Lonergan that is, from Essex, whose career hasn't always been good clean fun. Read
Derry Girls interview Tommy Tiernan interview

Channel 4's new sitcom Derry Girls is a hit, with over a million people tuning in and good press reviews. If you watched the first episode you may have spotted stand-up Tommy Tiernan playing the father. He talks more about taking on the acting role here. Read
Podcasts Podcasts

The relaxed Reginald D Hunter is the guest on the latest episode of Richard Herring's podcast. Also, after a festive break, The Worst Writer in the World continues. If you've not yet plugged in to hear Howard Long's terrible childhood story about Rapunzel, give it a go. Listen
TV Listings
Insert Name Here Insert Name Here
Monday, BBC Two, 10pm

Josh Widdicombe is joined by Miles Jupp and historian Kate Williams and Richard Osman is joined by Sally Phillips and Roisin Conaty as the name-based panel show continues. Guide
Harry Hill's Tea Time Harry Hill's Tea Time
Tuesday, Sky One, 8:30pm

More daft fun as MasterChef star Gregg Wallace ventures into Harry Hill's kitchen. Harry puts Gregg through his culinary paces as he cooks up a weird menu. Guide
Trollied Trollied
Tuesday, Sky One, 10pm

Gavin struggles to hire a night manager as Valco gets set to open 24 hours. Scatty candidate Lou applies. And she could just be the final straw. Guide
Inside No. 9 Inside No. 9
Tuesday, BBC Two, 10pm

A two-hander episode from Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton. It's been 30 years since Northern double-act Len and Tommy last appeared on stage together. Now they're preparing for one last gig. Guide
Witless Witless
Wednesday, BBC Three

All five episodes from the third and final series of this comedy thriller appear on BBC iPlayer on Wednesday to binge watch. Could things get any worse for Leanne and Rhona? Yes. Guide
Derry Girls Derry Girls
Thursday, Channel 4, 10pm

The newspapers have been labelling this show "the new Inbetweeners", and you can see what they're getting at. This week: The gang are preparing for a school trip to Paris. Guide
Live At The Apollo Live At The Apollo
Thursday, BBC Two, 10pm

Ed Byrne hosts this episode of the stand-up showcase, introducing rising star Angela Barnes and the right-leaning Geoff Norcott to the world-famous Apollo stage. Guide
Room 101 Room 101
Friday, BBC One, 8:30pm

The start of the seventh series of the Frank Skinner fronted three-guests-a-time version of the show which asks celebrities what they hate the most. Charlie Brooker, Scarlett Moffatt and Pearl Mackie compete this time. Guide
Would I Lie To You? Would I Lie To You?
Friday, BBC One, 9pm

Ade Edmondson, Claude Littner, Cariad Lloyd and Jordan Stephens are the guests taking part in the truth and lies panel show this week. Can you guess the right answers before they do? Guide
The Big Fat Quiz Of Everything The Big Fat Quiz Of Everything
Friday, Channel 4, 9pm

Jimmy Carr asks questions in this one-off new episode covering 100,000 years of human history. Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Claudia Winkleman, Miranda Hart, Jonathan Ross and Nish Kumar have no chance revising for this. Guide
QI QI
Friday, BBC Two, 10pm

Sandi Toksvig looks at some Objects And Ornaments. Along the way, you'll discover where you can find an actual UFO, and meet the world's best-dressed crab. With Sarah Millican, Alice Levine and Cariad Lloyd. Guide
The Graham Norton Show The Graham Norton Show
Friday, BBC One, 10:35pm

Just two guests for Graham this week, but they are big Hollywood stars so can no doubt fill the show with stories by themselves: it's Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, who co-star in Steven Spielberg's new political drama The Post. Guide
Through The Keyhole Through The Keyhole
Saturday, ITV, 9:30pm

Keith Lemon rummages around three more mystery celebrity houses. Jonathan Ross, pop star Frankie Bridge, and Tipping Point's Ben Shephard are the trio trying to guess who owns what. Guide
Still Open All Hours Still Open All Hours
Sunday, BBC One, 7:30pm

This week Mr Newbold has decided to barricade his house against Mrs Featherstone, but Granville is sure he would not be so keen to avoid her if he knew all about her hidden exotic past. Guide

For a complete list of broadcasts, including repeats and radio comedy, see our full schedule.
New Shop Products
Shaun The Sheep - 10 Years Shaun The Sheep - 10 Years DVD

PRE-ORDER. A collection of the very best episodes, as voted for by viewers, of the popular animated children's series about Shaun, a mischievous and unique sheep who leads his flock into all manner of trouble. Details
The Party The Party Blu-ray & DVD

PRE-ORDER. A quirky, black-and-white comedy film starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall as a prominent politician and her husband. Having recently been appointed to a senior position within her party, Janet and husband Bill hold a party to celebrate. As the guests begin to arrive, unexpected revelations are made. Details
Ed Reardon's Week - The Complete Twelfth Radio 4 Series Ed Reardon's Week - The Complete Twelfth Radio 4 Series Audiobook

OUT NOW. Ed Reardon - hack writer, pipe smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email - returns in the radio sitcom, written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds. Starring Christopher Douglas as Ed with a supporting cast. Details
Motherland - Series One Motherland - Series One DVD

PRE-ORDER. Ahead of its return to screens for a second series, expected later this year, comes this DVD release of the acclaimed sitcom. Written by Graham and Helen Linehan, Holly Walsh and Sharon Horgan, it stars Anna Maxwell Martin, Diane Morgan, Paul Ready and Lucy Punch as parents with varying levels of support from their partners, juggling work, life and the school run. Details
Jossy's Giants - Series 1 & 2 Jossy's Giants - Series 1 & 2 DVD

PRE-ORDER. One of the 1980's most iconic children's shows. Jossy Blair (Jim Barclay) was a former professional footballer for Newcastle United, until his career was cut short after he injured himself. Instead, he decides to manage the local youth football club, the Glipton Grasshoppers, who are in definite need of expert help. This complete collection is out in March. Details

For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
Comedy Videos
A Pizza fom Iceland A Pizza from Iceland

This sketch has a simple premise, but the effort that has gone into filming it is something else. Check out this trip to go get a pizza. Watch
It's Just Banter It's Just Banter

When did a bit of banter hurt anyone? Here's the latest sketch from Third Leg Studios. Watch
The Wife The Wife

Two friends have a catch-up in this sketch which suggests a rather unique way to counter misogynistic jokes. Watch
Your Craft Actress Diaries

All 10 episodes of this comedy series talking to various (fictional) actresses are now online to watch. In the season finale we find out if they follow any specific acting methods. Watch
Loose Women Big Field - Loose Women

This is one of the maddest episodes yet of the BBC Three show that takes a well known TV format and tries to recreate it with minimal props in a field. Watch
PMT Solutions - New Year's Resolutions PMT Solutions - New Year's Resolutions

A promotional video from a marketing and data analysis company specialising in data analysis and marketing. Watch
Worst Dubbing Ever Worst Dubbing Ever

A struggling voice actor gets a shot at the big time in this sketch. Watch
Guide Spotlight
Guide Spotlight Grace & Favour

Running between 1992 and 1993, this sequel series to the sitcom hit Are You Being Served? saw the now retired staff of Grace Bros. - Mr Humphries, Mr Rumbold, Miss Brahms, Captain Peacock, and Mrs Slocombe - working hard for their pension, forced to reunite and run a country house hotel together. Although it didn't gain the popularity of its predecessor, for our money Grace & Favour is a very strong example of its type of comedy, and should delight many a fan. It's out now on DVD. Guide
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