British Comedy Guide Newsletter
Weekly Newsletter Monday 11th February 2019
We've lots of interviews to share with you this week. But first, the news:
Latest Comedy News
Crackerjack to return, with comedy and sitcom Crackerjack to return, with comedy and sitcom

Classic children's TV format Crackerjack is to be revived, with the new show set to bring "laugh out loud comedy and silly studio sitcom" to CBBC. Read
Cast revealed for Off The Rails comedy film Cast revealed for Off The Rails comedy film

Sally Phillips, Kelly Preston and Jenny Seagrove will star in Off The Rails, a new film about three women who go interrailing. Read
North West Comedy Awards 2019 winners North West Comedy Awards 2019 winners

John Thomson, Sarah Millican and Paul Smith were amongst the winners of the North West Comedy Awards 2019. Read
Derry Girls wins at Broadcast Awards Derry Girls wins at Broadcast Awards

Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls won the Best Comedy prize at the Broadcast Awards 2019. Read
ITV ends Birds Of A Feather and Bad Move ITV ends Birds Of A Feather and Bad Move

ITV's Director of Television has announced the demise of sitcoms Birds Of A Feather and Bad Move. Read
Grant & Marshall pilot Radio 4 sketch show Grant & Marshall pilot Radio 4 sketch show

Writers Rob Grant and Andrew Marshall are following their popular Radio 4 comedy The Quanderhorn Xperimentations with a sketch show for the broadcaster, called The Nether Regions. Read

They've also talked to us about how the project came to fruition: Read
UKTV prepares depression comedy drama UKTV prepares depression comedy drama

The UKTV network is developing Reasons To Stay Alive, a comedy drama based on Matt Haig's best-selling book about one man's mid-20s depression. Read
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Features
Danny & Mick interview Danny & Mick interview

We meet Danny Adams and Mick Potts, the stars of CBBC's new slapstick-filled comedy. Episode 1 has just been broadcast and is now on iPlayer. Read
25 years of The Frog And Bucket comedy club 25 years of The Frog And Bucket comedy club

The Frog and Bucket comedy club in Manchester is celebrating its 25th birthday. We've raided their photo archives to find some interesting and notable snaps. Read
Gary Gold interview Gary Gold interview

As his web series concludes, we chat to former England international footballer Gary Gold about hacking out John Terry, his love of warm beer, and the scent he is creating in his bedroom. Read
Garrett Millerick interview Garrett Millerick interview

Garrett Millerick talks about how a family tragedy caused him to create his stand-up show Sunflower. He also fills us in on a nightmare gig he recently had in Plymouth. Read
First Gig, Worst Gig: Beth Vyse First Gig, Worst Gig: Beth Vyse

Beth Vyse made comedy headlines by taking her baby on stage. But how did the public take her Netflix spoof Making a Marble Cake? Read
Glasgow Comedy Festival 2019 preview Glasgow Comedy Festival 2019 preview

If you're lucky enough to live in Glasgow, you have nearly three weeks of great comedy to look forward to from the 14th to 31st March 2019. Read
The Punning Man interview The Punning Man interview

An interview with Sean Leahy - The Punning Man on Twitter. He talks about how and why he's created The Monster Café, a book for children. Read
Paul F Taylor interview Paul F Taylor interview

Now streaming on NextUp, Paul F Taylor's new special is stand-up with an offstage twist. Read
British Comedy Quiz #36 British Comedy Quiz #36

For this week's quiz you'll need to know about Gavin & Stacey, Cold Feet, George & Mildred, QI and more. Answer
Russell Hicks on comic books and novel comedy broadcasts Russell Hicks on comic books and novel comedy broadcasts

Russell Hicks is an American comic who loves American comics. And now he's broadcasting himself across the multiverse from London. Read
Random 8: Lou Sanders Random 8: Lou Sanders

Bags packed for her first ever tour, Lou Sanders talks Zutons, futons and an aunt named Sue. Read
Podcasts Podcasts

Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast has reached Episode 200, and it's a great one to hit the milestone with - Adam Buxton is on top form. There's also a new festival special from Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown to enjoy this week. Listen
TV Listings
Cold Feet Cold Feet
Monday, ITV, 9pm

Homeless David takes refuge at the airport but a chance encounter with his ex-wife forces him to admit his plight. Guide
Two Doors Down Two Doors Down
Monday, BBC Two, 10pm

In the last episode of the series, Michelle and Alan are making the last minute tidy-ups before the neighbours arrive for a housewarming party at their freshly decorated home. Guide
The Stand Up Sketch Show The Stand Up Sketch Show
Monday, ITV2, 10pm

More stand-up routines brought to life in sketch form. This week's storytellers include Harriet Kemsley, Ivo Graham, and Darren Harriott. Guide
Living The Dream Living The Dream
Tuesday, Sky One, 9pm

Mayor Herman Bloch is up for re-election and has made it his campaign promise to shut down RV parks. Mal is furious and decides to get someone from the park to run against him for Mayor. Guide
Pitching In Pitching In
Tuesday, BBC One Wales, 9pm

A new comedy drama featuring Gavin & Stacey actors Larry Lamb and Melanie Walters. It's set in a caravan park. If you don't live in Wales it'll be available on iPlayer, and shown nationwide in the Spring on BBC One Daytime. Guide
Catastrophe Catastrophe
Tuesday, Channel 4, 10pm

The last ever episode of the sitcom. Sharon and Rob arrive in Boston for a family holiday only to receive some tragic news about his mum, Mia. Guide
Insert Name Here Insert Name Here
Wednesday, BBC Two, 10pm

This panel show keeps getting delayed due to over-running sports but - we think - Kerry Godliman, Kate Williams, Gabby Logan and Tom Davis will be the guests this Wednesday, in the episode postponed from last week. Guide
Russell Howard & Mum Russell Howard & Mum
Wednesday, Comedy Central, 10pm

Russell and his mum Ninette have arrived in Vietnam. While in the capital of Hanoi, they taste local delicacies, create melodies with a classically trained wizard and get involved with water puppetry. Guide
Pure Pure
Wednesday, Channel 4, 10pm

Marnie is determined to make the most of being a single Londoner now she has a diagnosis. She jumps into bed with Benji, an earnest, clingy barista - but it has unintended consequences at her work. Guide
Hypothetical Hypothetical
Wednesday, Dave, 10pm

The second episode of Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster's new panel show. This time they are joined by Romesh Ranganathan, Rachel Parris, Jon Richardson and Rose Matafeo. Guide
The Russell Howard Hour The Russell Howard Hour
Thursday, Sky One, 10pm

Episode 12 of this second series. Expect the usual mix of topical satire, a studio interview, school kids being funny, and another test of something that's meant to help you live longer. Guide
8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown
Friday, Channel 4, 9pm

Sean Lock and Joe Wilkinson take on Jon Richardson and Harriet Kemsley in the classic words and numbers quiz. James Veitch joins Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner. Guide
Rob And Romesh Vs Rob And Romesh Vs
Friday, Sky One, 9pm

Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan's next stop in their journey of discovery leads them into the hot and loud world of Superstar DJs. Guide
QI QI
Friday, BBC Two, 10pm

Joe Lycett, Phil Wang and Ellie Taylor take part in this episode of the comedy quiz. Pastimes is the topic. There's just a few episodes left in this series, but filming has now started on Series Q. Guide
The Last Leg The Last Leg
Friday, Channel 4, 10pm

Michael Sheen will join the regulars this Friday to take a look at what is going on in the world. Guide
The Graham Norton Show The Graham Norton Show
Friday, BBC One, 10:35pm

Stephen Merchant is set to appear this week to promote new film Fighting With My Family. Rob Beckett is on the show too, to talk about talent show All Together Now. Also: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Calvin Harris and Rag 'N' Bone Man. Guide
Through The Keyhole Through The Keyhole
Saturday, ITV, 9:30pm

Jimmy Carr, Carol Vorderman and sporting legend Kriss Akabusi are the trio of guests joining Keith Lemon this weekend, as he pokes around some more houses. Guide

For a complete list of broadcasts, including repeats and radio comedy, see our full schedule.
New Shop Products
Limmy - Surprisingly Down To Earth, And Very Funny: My Autobiography Limmy - Surprisingly Down To Earth, And Very Funny: My Autobiography Hardback, eBook & audiobook

PRE-ORDER. Scottish comic Limmy publishes this new autobiography later in the month. It deals with his mental health journey throughout his fascinating life story to date, from self-harm and drug taking to writing, directing and starring in his own acclaimed BBC sketch show. Details
You, Me & Him You, Me & Him DVD & download

OUT NOW. Chalk-and-cheese but very much in love lesbian couple Olivia and Alex have a falling-out over the notion of becoming parents, with each taking a drastic course of action. Alex, however, falls into bed with neighbour John - and a whole new world of complexity opens up to swallow the trio whole. Lucy Punch, Faye Marsay and David Tennant star in this very funny comedy. Details
Pure Pure DVD

PRE-ORDER. Channel 4's new, acclaimed comedy drama Pure comes to DVD next month. It follows Marnie, a young woman discovering her mental illness - a type of OCD known as Pure O - amidst the bright lights and debauchery of 21st Century London. Plagued by intrusive, XXX-rated and often disturbing thoughts, this fascinating series is both funny and based on a true story. Details
Slaughterhouse Rulez Slaughterhouse Rulez Blu-ray, DVD & download

PRE-ORDER. Welcome to Slaughterhouse, an elite boarding school where boys and girls are groomed for power and greatness... and they're about to meet their match. This ancient and ordered world is about to be shaken to its foundations - literally - when a controversial frack site opens a sinkhole and unleashes an unspeakable horror. Asa Butterfield and Simon Pegg star. Details
Domestic Science - Series 1 And 2 Domestic Science - Series 1 And 2 Audiobook

PRE-ORDER. Get ready to enjoy both series 1 and 2 of the heady combination of maths, science and comedy that is Domestic Science. Featuring Matt Parker, Steve Mould and Helen Arney as Festival of the Spoken Nerd, these 8 episodes use stand-up, songs and experiments. Details
The Smallest Show On Earth The Smallest Show On Earth Blu-ray & DVD

PRE-ORDER. Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford, Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers star in The Smallest Show On Earth. This whimsical elegy to the golden age of cinema follows a young couple struggling to run - and revive - the decrepit old cinema they have just inherited, in the face of a modern mammoth screened-neighbour. This joyous film is on Blu-ray for the first time. Details

For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
Comedy Videos
Trailer The Great Unwashed - Trailer

This film starring Plebs actor Jon Pointing is available to download from tomorrow. He plays a jobless 20-something who is forced to flee the city when he witnesses a murder. With nowhere else to go, he heads to Wales to live off the grid with a load of hippies. Watch
You haven't seen Dark Knight? You haven't seen Dark Knight?

You think you know someone, then you find out they've never seen The Dark Knight. Watch
Olivia Colman wins Best Actress Olivia Colman wins Best Actress at the BAFTAs

For those that missed it, here's the acceptance speech Olivia Colman gave when winning Leading Actress, for The Favourite, at the BAFTA Film Awards last night. Watch
Beard Beard

Chris Kendall stars in this sketch as a man with some facial hair that is going through a bad patch. Watch
Realistic Love Songs Realistic Love Songs

Those Valentines Day love songs that say what you really mean... Watch
Spoons Spoons

Are you one of those people who wish there were more adaptations of the hit 80s sitcom Cheers based in a Wetherspoons in 2019 Peckham? Wish no longer! Watch
Trailer This Time With Alan Partridge - Trailer

The first look at the new Alan Partridge series, in which Alan is handed a career lifeline - the chance to stand in (temporarily) as co-host on an evening weekday magazine show. It starts on BBC One later in February. We can tell you more on Thursday - check the site then! Watch
Mateo Right Now - Mateo

The latest episode in Robert Cawsey's web series about a man who uses Grindr for hookups. This time he meets up with a man who doesn't speak much English. Watch
If apps existed 500 years ago If apps existed 500 years ago

Tinder, Facebook, Instagram and all your favourite Apps - but if they were people in olden times... Watch
Flo and Joan - Fake News Song Horrible Histories - Flo and Joan - Fake News Song

For this web exclusive video, Horrible Histories asked Flo & Joan to recount moments of fake news history. Watch
Trailer Benjamin - Trailer

The trailer for Simon Amstell's bittersweet comedy film, which tells the story of a rising star filmmaker who is thrown into emotional turmoil when his publicist introduces him to a mesmeric French musician. Watch
The Breakover The Breakover

Self-deprecating Michelle and dim-witted Jamie piece together the early stages of every break up with their good friend Pinot Grigio. Watch
Guide Spotlight
Guide Spotlight The Bad Education Movie

BBC Three sitcom hit Bad Education clocked up three series from 2012 before coming to a close, but was hastily followed with a big-screen escapade featuring Alfie Wickers (Jack Whitehall) and his class of tearaways. Released in the Summer of 2015, the riotous feature sees Alfie and co head to Cornwall on an end-of-school residential trip, and the group find themselves in much more trouble than they could ever have dreamed of. If you've not seen it, now's a great time to catch up on Class K's antics, with a range of fantastic supporting stars. Guide
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