British Comedy Guide Newsletter
Weekly Newsletter Monday 22nd October 2018
There's a lot on television this week, including various new shows and a hotly anticipated live Inside No. 9 special...
Latest Comedy News
Museum Of Curiosity to record all-star special edition Museum Of Curiosity to record all-star special edition

To mark its 10th anniversary, Radio 4 panel show The Museum Of Curiosity is to record an episode featuring past curators. Read
Comedy 50:50 initiative launched to address gender imbalance Comedy 50:50 initiative launched to address gender imbalance

Comedy 50:50, an initiative seeking to implement measures to address the gender imbalance in TV comedy, starting with writers, has been launched. Read
This Is Jinsy duo return with musical album This Is Jinsy duo return with musical album

The creators and stars of This Is Jinsy have released a brand new album of music "from the tune-well of ancient Jinsy folk-strumming and gullet-warbling". Read
Chris Ramsey gets stand-up special Chris Ramsey gets stand-up special

Chris Ramsey's current tour, The Just Happy To Get Out Of The House Tour, is to be filmed at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena for his own TV stand-up special. Read

Don Quixote, the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Cervantes' legendary comic novel - a joyous romp for all the family 'riotously performed by David Threlfall as Don Quixote and Rufus Hound as Sancho Panza' (The Times) - will be playing at the Garrick Theatre London for a limited run until 2 February. Book your tickets now (from £10) at
Sally4Ever interviews Sally4Ever interviews

Julia Davis introduces her new comedy, Sally4Ever. We also hear from lead actors Catherine Shepherd and Alex Macqueen. Read
Adam Hills and Alan Carr - Stand Up To Cancer interviews Adam Hills and Alan Carr - Stand Up To Cancer interviews

Adam Hills and Alan Carr talk about preparing to host Stand Up To Cancer 2018, which is on Channel 4 this Friday. Read
Beverly Luff Linn prize bundle Win a Beverly Luff Linn prize bundle

Win one of two Blu-ray prize bundles for the new UK-US film, An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn. Aubrey Plaza stars, with support from the likes of Matt Berry, Jermaine Clement and Emile Hirsch. Enter
Jordan Brookes interview Jordan Brookes interview

Jordan Brookes talks about his unique comedy show Bleed, plus reveals why he performs barefoot, despite the colour it turns his bathwater. Read
Paul Chahidi interview Paul Chahidi interview

Paul Chahidi talks to us about playing Reverend Francis Seaton in the hit BBC sitcom This Country. Read
First Gig, Worst Gig: Ben Target First Gig, Worst Gig: Ben Target

He took on Brexiteers, pulled on silver trousers, and is putting on a brilliantly Monday-improving new night - that's Ben Target. Read
Matt Richardson interview Matt Richardson interview

The popular TV and radio host is on the road, and prepping his first big charity show. Read
Ali Siddiq interview Ali Siddiq interview

US comedian and writer Ali Siddiq started his comedy career after being released from prison. Now he's set to bring his show Ali Siddiq is bigger than bars to London. Read
Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith interview Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith interview

The creators of Inside No. 9 talk about preparing to broadcast their new Halloween special live on BBC Two. Read
British Comedy Quiz #22 British Comedy Quiz #22

To get 10 out of 10 on our quiz you'll need to know about both modern and classic British comedy. Good luck! Answer
Abandoman interview Abandoman interview

How did Kanye West, lazy DJs and a necklace inspire Abandoman's new direction? Read
Paul Kaye interview Paul Kaye interview

Paul Kaye, who plays deranged wizard Howell in Zapped, talks to us A&E trips, hot sets and what to expect from Series 3. Read
Random 8: Zoe Lyons Random 8: Zoe Lyons

She's off around Great Britain - and over to Galway - but which room in Brighton does Zoe Lyons covet? Read
Win Waiting For God Win Waiting For God

Win a copy the brand new Waiting For God 9-disc DVD box set and delight in all five series of the hit 1990s sitcom. Enter
Podcasts Podcasts

Ross Noble shares some great stories about Mel Brooks in Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, plus there's a bonus episode available now with Toby Hadoke. Listen

Lottery Mania - the comedy novel from Brian George - is a tale of greed and intrigue in which an escaped convict, the church, and the residents of a village in Dorset all vie to get their hands on a winning lottery ticket worth £122m before it expires in 28 days time. It's available on platforms including Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble and Rakuten.
TV Listings
Peter Kay's Comedy Shuffle Peter Kay's Comedy Shuffle
Monday, BBC One, 9pm

The celebration continues with Peter making a riotous appearance with Alan Carr, while Brian Potter is trapped on a stair lift, and there is a disturbance at a motorway services. Plus a guest appearance from Eddie the Eagle. Guide
Joel & Nish Vs The World Joel & Nish Vs The World
Monday, Comedy Central, 9pm

Joel and Nish travel to Tokyo to meet Japan's professional sumo wrestlers before heading to the remote Oki Islands to take part in a tournament in the birthplace of Sumo. Guide
For Facts Sake For Facts Sake
Monday, BBC One, 9:30pm

This week's team captains are Brendan's wife, Jennifer Gibney, and their daughter, Fiona O'Carroll. We learn incredible facts on subjects from honey bees to pirates. Guide
Monday, BBC Two, 10pm

This week's show looks at picnics, with Romesh Ranganathan, Rachel Parris and Richard Osman. Guide
Halfway Halfway
Monday - Thursday, BBC Two Wales, 11:15pm

A brand new sitcom from BBC Wales, set around a roadside burger van. Four episodes play nightly this week, from BBC Writersroom Find Me Funny winner Sion Edwards. Guide
There She Goes There She Goes
Tuesday, BBC Four, 10pm

It's bath night for Rosie, which, as usual, ends in bubble-filled carnage as both Simon and Emily battle to get an unwilling and slippery girl out. Guide
Tourist Trap Tourist Trap
Tuesday, BBC One Wales, 10:40pm

CEO Elaine learns that Merlin may have been Welsh and conjures up a magical new marketing mix. Meanwhile in Aberystwyth, the team embrace their inner dragons. Guide
Your Face Or Mine Your Face Or Mine
Wednesday, Comedy Central, 8pm

Up on the hit series his week and facing Jimmy and Katherine's relationship rocking questions are Naomie and bodybuilder boyfriend Hakeem. Guide
Bad Move Bad Move
Wednesday, ITV, 8pm

Steve is chosen to play a key role in The Lantern Man Festival - an annual village tradition, the sinister origins of which are lost in the mists of time. Guide
Taskmaster Taskmaster
Wednesday, Dave, 9pm

Phil Wang makes sure his outstanding outfit leaves even less to the imagination that it did before, Jessica Knappett demonstrates her mastery of a child's percussion instrument and James Acaster's dream comes true. Guide
Comedy Legends Comedy Legends
Wednesday, Sky Arts, 9pm

Barry Cryer pays tribute to Joan Rivers in the latest episode of this documentary series playing on Sky Arts. Guide
Stand Up Central Stand Up Central
Wednesday, Comedy Central, 10pm

On this week's show, Rob Delaney introduces Glenn Moore and Mo Gilligan. Guide
Zapped Zapped
Wednesday, Dave, 10pm

Brian persuades Herman to give him a job as the pub chef, but Herman is more concerned with helping out his old friend Sved (Clive Russell) - a slightly cracked former warrior. Guide
The Bisexual The Bisexual
Wednesday, Channel 4, 10pm

Struggling to come out, Leila manically juggles a double life. Sadie considers something big while Gabe tries to decipher his unreadable sort-of girlfriend sort-of student, Francisca. Guide
A League Of Their Own A League Of Their Own
Thursday, Sky One, 9pm

Having completed the series proper, it's now time for as special look back at the biggest laughs and wackiest challenges of Series 13. Guide
Don't Hate The Playaz Don't Hate The Playaz
Thursday, ITV2, 9pm

Jordan Stephens hosts the anarchic hip hop comedy panel show. Maya Jama, London Hughes, Poet and Mo Gilligan go up against Lady Leshurr, Darren Harriott, Marlon Davis and Yung Filly. Guide
Celebrity Juice Celebrity Juice
Thursday, ITV2, 10pm

Keith Lemon presents the customary Halloween special, with guests Stacey Solomon, Richard Blackwood and Gino D'Acampo joining team captains Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton. Guide
Sally4Ever Sally4Ever
Thursday, Sky Atlantic, 10pm

The highly-anticipated latest project from mistress of the dark, Sally Davis, is finally here. It's the story of a woman whose love life takes a surprising turn when her long-term boyfriend proposes. Guide
Women On The Verge Women On The Verge
Thursday, W, 10pm

Co-created and featuring Sharon Horgan, W's new Anglo-Irish comedy continues. It's the annual press awards, and both Laura and Katie are nominated. Guide
Stand Up At BBC Wales Stand Up At BBC Wales
Thursday, BBC Two Wales, 10pm

Kiri Pritchard-McLean hosts the best in stand-up from Wales and beyond. This week's episode features Jen Brister, Robin Morgan, Sindhu Vee, Lloyd Langford and Nish Kumar recorded at BBC Wales's iconic Studio 1. Guide
Have I Got News For You Have I Got News For You
Friday, BBC One, 9pm

Paul and Ian are joined by guest host Steph McGovern and panellists Richard Osman and Joan Bakewell. Guide
Would I Lie To You? Would I Lie To You?
Friday, BBC One, 9:30pm

This episode's guests are Olivia Colman, Aston Merrygold, Jon Richardson and Michaela Strachan. Guide
The Mash Report The Mash Report
Friday, BBC Two, 10pm

The viral-hit-making satire is back. What will the team come up with in the first of Series 3? Guide
The Graham Norton Show The Graham Norton Show
Friday, BBC One, 10:35pm

Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Melissa McCarthy and Emma Stone talk about their various new films, meanwhile Rick Astley performs his current single, Try. Guide
The Jonathan Ross Show The Jonathan Ross Show
Saturday, ITV, 10:35pm

Jonathan Ross is joined by the man behind Mrs Brown's Boys - Brendan O'Carroll. One of the biggest boybands of all time, Boyzone perform ahead of their farewell tour and Chabuddy G, star of People Just Do Nothing also guests. Guide
Still Open All Hours Still Open All Hours
Sunday, BBC One, 8:30pm

Granville decides that he needs to increase his advertising footprint, but then his grand scheme, in the shape of an oversized balloon, wreaks havoc. Guide
Inside No. 9 Inside No. 9
Sunday, BBC Two, 10pm

A hugely anticipated special episode of the dark comedy drama, broadcast completely live. When Arthur finds an old mobile phone in his local graveyard, he makes the mistake of trying to contact the owner. But some mysteries are best left unsolved... Guide

For a complete list of broadcasts, including repeats and radio comedy, see our full schedule.
New Shop Products
The Book Of The Year 2018 The Book Of The Year 2018 Hardback & eBook

OUT NOW. Compiled and written by the creators of the award-winning hit comedy podcast No Such Thing As A Fish, all of whom are researchers for QI, The Book Of The Year 2018 bravely delves behind the headlines to sniff out the best and most bizarre facts of the last twelve months. Details - A separate audiobook edition is also available.
John Bishop - Winging It Live John Bishop - Winging It Live DVD & Blu-ray

PRE-ORDER. John Bishop is back with his brand new show, recorded during his mammoth 150 date sell out tour of UK & Ireland at the iconic London Palladium. John shares his opinions on the royal family and how Kate Middleton could have been Mrs Bishop; hitting the big 50; how to deal with the 'empty nest'; the menopause; and the moment he finally managed to impress his mates. Details
Agendum - Series 1 Agendum - Series 1 Audiobook

OUT NOW. A current affairs parody and stupidly feasible visit to the 24-hour Hall of Opinion Mirrors. Because there are two stories to every story. This radio series was created by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris, the masterminds behind Philomena Cunk and the adult spoof Ladybird books. Details
Swimming With Men Swimming With Men DVD

PRE-ORDER. A star British cast including Jane Horrocks, Daniel Mays and Rupert Graves are lead by Rob Brydon in this 2018 comedy film about an all-male, middle-aged synchronised swimming team. Faced with a full-blown mid-life crisis, accountant Eric discovers that making patterns in a pool can, for a couple of hours at least, smooth out the bumps in his work and marriage. Details
Matt Berry - Television Themes Matt Berry - Television Themes CD & vinyl

OUT NOW. From actor, comedian and musician Matt Berry comes this collection of 14 classic British television theme tunes from the 1970s and 1980s, remixed in his own jazz style. Comedies covered include The Good Life, Sorry! and Are You Being Served?. Details

For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
Comedy Videos
How To Do Regional Accents How To Do Regional Accents

Looking to master accents for auditions or roles, Donald has been acting for two decades and shares some tips that got him to the top. Watch
It's Not Cheating If You're Not Meeting Modern Horror Stories - It's Not Cheating If You're Not Meeting

The premise of this week's sketch from Comedy Central is actually quite a good idea for an app... although boyfriends might disagree. Watch
Jamie Right Now - Jamie

The first episode in a new web series which focuses on a man who uses the gay dating app Grindr. Watch
Humdrum Humdrum

In a world 'spinning' with gender politics, Catherine Lake has decided to 'condition' the 'fabric' of her own 'delicates' identity in a bid to 'wash' women back to their rightful place... Watch
Guide Spotlight
Guide Spotlight Odd Man Out

TV comedy icon John Inman starred in this single-series sitcom of his own way back in 1977. Alongside Josephine Tewson and Peter Butterworth, he plays Neville Sutcliffe, Blackpool fish & chip shop proprietor, who finds himself moving to the south coast when his estranged father dies, leaving him a seaside rock factory - and a family he didn't know existed! The series can be bought on DVD. Guide
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