British Comedy Guide Newsletter
Weekly Newsletter Monday 12th February 2018
Good morning! We've a lovely newsletter for you today, jam-packed with news from across the comedy world. What are you most excited about? Have your say on our forums.
Latest Comedy News
Alan Partridge returns to BBC with One Show spoof Alan Partridge returns to BBC with One Show spoof

Filming begins today on a new BBC One series, This Time With Alan Partridge, to be shown later this year. Read
Romesh Ranganathan replaces Jack Whitehall on A League Of Their Own Romesh Ranganathan replaces Jack Whitehall on A League Of Their Own

Jack Whitehall is leaving Sky's sports-based panels show A League Of Their Own. He is set to be replaced by Romesh Ranganathan. Read
Julia Davis comedy Camping to be remade in USA Julia Davis comedy Camping to be remade in USA

Girls creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are making a series for HBO based on Camping, the 2016 sitcom by Julia Davis. The new version will star Jennifer Garner. Read
Filming under way on BBC Three series Wannabe Filming under way on BBC Three series Wannabe

Filming has started on Wannabe, a new BBC Three series built around People Just Do Nothing star Lily Brazier. Read
Russell Brand to star as hitman in Butterfingers Russell Brand to star as hitman in Butterfingers

New crime comedy film Butterfingers is set to star Russell Brand as a down-on-his-luck hitman travelling across Europe. Read
Channel 4 developing chat show with Jimmy Carr Channel 4 developing chat show with Jimmy Carr

Channel 4 is working on a new chat show format to be fronted by Jimmy Carr. The untitled programme, if made, would see audience members asking the questions. Read
Sue Perkins amongst the stars hosting new Audible podcasts Sue Perkins amongst the stars hosting new Audible podcasts

Audible has announced a number of spoken-word podcasts. Offerings include a series hosted by Sue Perkins, a show from Danny Wallace and stand-up from the Edinburgh Fringe. Read
BBC orders The Young Offenders Series 2 BBC orders The Young Offenders Series 2

The BBC has swiftly recommissioned new sitcom The Young Offenders. The comedy, which has just started on BBC Three, follows the adventures of lovable rogues Conor and Jock. Read
Catastrophe, Taskmaster & Horrible Histories win at Broadcast Awards Catastrophe, Taskmaster & Horrible Histories win at Broadcast Awards

The results of the 2018 Broadcast Awards have been announced, with Catastrophe, Taskmaster and Horrible Histories the comedy-related winners. Read
Chortle Awards 2018 nominees Chortle Awards 2018 nominees

The nominees for the Chortle Awards 2018 have been announced. Mat Ewins, Hannah Gadsby, John Kearns and Joseph Morpurgo are up for Best Show. Read
Drag queen band Denim developing TV comedy drama Drag queen band Denim developing TV comedy drama

Denim, the drag queen band who "infuse pop with LGBT politics", have signed a deal to turn their fictional "uplifting life story" into a mockumentary for TV. Read
Inside No. 9 Series 5 commissioned Inside No. 9 Series 5 commissioned

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's Inside No. 9 will return to BBC Two in 2019 for a fifth series. Read

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Bliss interviews Bliss interviews

David Cross introduces his new sitcom about a bigamist, and we hear from stars Stephen Mangan, Heather Graham and Jo Hartley. Read
Jo Brand is Damned Jo Brand and Alan Davies interviews

Jo Brand talks about co-writing and starring in Damned Series 2, and discusses how society has a shortage of compassion. Read

Alan Davies explains how, in the second series of Damned, his character Al is starting to become disillusioned with social work. Read
UK Pun Championships 2018: Meet the finalists UK Pun Championships 2018: Meet the finalists

The UK Pun Championships 2018 final takes place as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival this Monday. Here's a guide to the eight finalists, with a gag from each. Read
Cal McCrystal interview Cal McCrystal interview

We chat to Cal McCrystal, the award-winning comedy director, writer and performer who is now turning his attention to the English National Opera. Read
First Gig, Worst Gig: Rosie Jones First Gig, Worst Gig: Rosie Jones

Researcher-turned-performer Rosie Jones remembers a misguided punter, one bizarrely horrendous MC, and her first gag for Jimmy Carr. Read
Stuart Goldsmith interview Stuart Goldsmith interview

Stuart Goldsmith is setting off on a tour the country with his live show, Like I Mean It. He's been busy recently with a baby, marriage and some high profile podcast guests. We caught up with him to find out the latest... Read
Steptoe And Son Rides Again (Again) Steptoe And Son Rides Again (Again)

Why does Steptoe And Son enjoy such longevity? John Hewer, who has adapted the sitcom's scripts for a touring production, has written us this great article on the subject. Read
Podcasts Podcasts

Kathy Burke is the latest episode on RHLSTP, it's a great chat. Also: Sitcom Geeks chats to Newsjack host Angela Barnes; and the whole series of The Worst Writer in the World is available to catch up on. Listen
TV Listings
Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit
Monday, Dave, 10pm

Series 3 of the computer games comedy. Gregg Wallace and Jodie Kidd pick up the joysticks first. They're playing Spy Hunter, Total War: Rome II, Battlefield 1, Push Me Pull You and special endgame Dara's Buttery Spuds. Guide
Two Doors Down Two Doors Down
Monday, BBC Two, 10pm

When Cathy and Colin's house is burgled, Cathy goes into meltdown. Beth and Eric find themselves cast as laundress and chief suspect. Guide
Trollied Trollied
Tuesday, Sky One, 10pm

Gavin's got some serious amends to make after Lou uncovers his devious plan. Brian gets more than he bargained for when he opens a pharmacy consultation room. Guide
Damned Damned
Wednesday, Channel 4, 10pm

The threat of violence is never far away as, in Series 2, the Elm Heath team once again face up to a series of problems that our increasingly complex society just expects them to sort out without any fuss or acknowledgement. Guide
Bliss Bliss
Wednesday, Sky One, 10pm

The start of a new comedy drama about a bigamist, written by American comic David Cross and starring Stephen Mangan, Heather Graham and Jo Hartley. See interviews with the three stars and Cross, above. Guide
The Young Offenders The Young Offenders
Thursday, BBC Three, 10am

After the disastrous encounter at the Walsh family barbecue, Conor and Jock have one last chance to make Linda and Siobhán fall for them. Episode 2 will be on TV on Friday night. Guide
The Mash Report The Mash Report
Thursday, BBC Two, 10pm

Nish Kumar and friends will have more topical comedy for us this Thursday. What will the News Desk be reporting on this week? Tune in to find out. Guide
Room 101 Room 101
Friday, BBC One, 8:30pm

Roisin Conaty, Chris Kamara and Nish Kumar compete to have their pet hates and peeves consigned to Room 101, with topics including bread at restaurants, downloading music and ex-partners. Guide
Friday, BBC Two, 10pm

Sandi Toksvig ventures Overseas to find out about Allotment Annies, who keeps their brothers in a cage, and much else besides. With Colin Lane, Desiree Burch and Bill Bailey. Guide
The Last Leg The Last Leg
Friday, Channel 4, 10pm

In this week's show the trio are joined by Sally Phillips and music star Example to help dissect the week's events. Guide
The Graham Norton Show The Graham Norton Show
Friday, BBC One, 10:35pm

This week's sofa is filled with Oscar nominees. Margot Robbie, Allison, Daniel Kaluuya and Alicia Vikander all appear. Plus music from singer songwriter Camila Cabello who performs Havana. Guide
Harry Hill's Tea Time Harry Hill's Tea Time
Saturday, Sky One, 5:30pm

Harry dons his safari suit for a wildlife special featuring Kate Humble. 'Butter surprise' and steak and owl pie are on the menu. Guide
Through The Keyhole Through The Keyhole
Saturday, ITV, 9:30pm

The star-studded panel for this penultimate edition of the rebelliously revelatory programme are comedian Paddy McGuinness, soap star Catherine Tyldesley, and football legend Chris Kamara. Guide
Hold The Sunset Hold The Sunset
Sunday, BBC One, 7:30pm

John Cleese stars in his first sitcom since Fawlty Towers. He's joined by Alison Steadman and Jason Watkins in this comedy about an ageing couple whose burgeoning romance is put on hold when her adult son arrives unannounced, hoping to move in and recapture his youth. Guide
Unspun With Matt Forde Unspun With Matt Forde
Sunday, Dave, 10pm

Donald Trump continues to do stupid things, which certainly helps this political comedy show. It'll also feature another in-depth interview with an interesting guest. Guide

For a complete list of broadcasts, including repeats and radio comedy, see our full schedule.
New Shop Products
Paddington 2 Paddington 2 Blu-ray, DVD & download

PRE-ORDER. The delightfully daft and regularly laugh-out-loud funny family film sequel is still showing in cinemas in some places, and will make its debut on DVD, download and beautiful high definition Blu-ray in early March. Including a lovely selection of special features, it's a must-own for fans of the jolly Peruvian bear and his adoptive family in Windsor Gardens. Details
Still Open All Hours - Series Four Still Open All Hours - Series Four DVD

PRE-ORDER. The much-loved sitcom starring David Jason concluded its latest series last night, which will be available on DVD next week. Packed with daft whimsy by writer Roy Clarke, the revived sitcom classic is watched by around 5 million viewers every week on TV alone - the top rated comedy at the moment. All seven family-friendly episodes are included. Details
Grafters - Series 1 Grafters - Series 1 DVD

PRE-ORDER. Starring Robson Green and Stephen Tompkinson. This late 1990s comedy drama follows two dysfunctional brothers (Joe and Trevor Purvis) and their younger cousin (Simon) running their own successful building company. It's out to own on DVD in a fortnight. Details
Mum - Series 1 Mum - Series 1 DVD

PRE-ORDER. First series of the comedy about a mother who is trying to re-build her life following the death of her husband. Lesley Manville stars in the titular role, with Peter Mullan as love interest Michael and Lisa McGrillis as her son's dippy girlfriend, Kelly. Details
The Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw The Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw Blu-ray

PRE-ORDER. Brand new HD transfer of the British-American comedy Western from 1958. Jonathan Tibbs (Kenneth More) heads from London to the Wild West to sell his family firm's wares: guns. Unfortunately, a series of misunderstandings see the well-spoken English gent appointed sheriff of a rough frontier town. A local beauty (Jayne Mansfield) could be his saviour, and his love. Details

For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
Comedy Videos
Valentine's Day Scam Valentine's Day Scam

Guys, let's be real. We know what's up on Valentine's Day. Watch

From the same team, you may also enjoy dating sketch Outbreak.
The Facebook Song The Facebook Song

A great musical video from Stiff and Kitsch. If you have ever found your Facebook news feed annoying you, this is the song for you. Watch
Simon's Cat: Head Over Heels Simon's Cat: Head Over Heels

In this romantic special, a love-struck tom cat falls head over heels for a beautiful queen. Watch
Every News Report Ever Every News Report Ever

The latest episode of Comedy Central's fast-paced online sketch show which focuses on ridiculous tropes. This time: the news. Watch
The Offensive Ad Agency The Offensive Ad Agency

Meet the men who've made the most offensive adverts in the world. Watch
Calum and Nia Climaxed - Calum and Nia

The Last Leg's Alex Brooker appears in this week's episode of the BBC Three series that focuses on couples. Watch
Helping Hands Three Cool Days

Here are three slightly surreal sketches from Arnab Chanda and Chris Hayward. Watch
Trailer Action Team - Trailer

Spy spoof sitcom series Action Team is coming to ITV2 this March. Here's the trailer. Watch
Series 2 Trailer Mum - Series 2 Trailer

Mum returns to BBC Two soon. Here's a look at what is coming up in Series 2. Watch
Baa Baa Black Keish Baa Baa Black Keish

Baa Baa Black Keish... have you any weed? A music video from Chelle and Keisha. Watch
Guide Spotlight
Guide Spotlight Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

This Thursday sees a number of notable comedy anniversaries, including 30 years since Red Dwarf began and 51 years of At Last The 1948 Show; but it'll also be a stonking 45 years since the debut of the perennial slapstick sitcom watermark Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice star as walking disaster area Frank Spencer and his put-upon wife, Betty. A great time to revisit this bona fide sitcom classic. Guide
Thanks for Reading
That's another week's roundup concluded. As ever, we'll have more on the website and across social media each day. Have a great week!

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