Weekly Newsletter

Monday 5th August 2019

As the Fringe picks up apace, we've got the latest news and reviews from Scotland's capital, the week's TV and more.

Latest comedy news

Dominic Frisby selected as Brexit Party candidate

Dominic Frisby selected as Brexit Party candidate

Comedian Dominic Frisby will stand for election to Parliament on behalf of The Brexit Party.

Special edition Fleabag script book announced

Special edition Fleabag script book announced

A new edition of the original Fleabag play's script book is to be published, expanded with new material celebrating the cultural phenomenon.

Chris Ramsey joins Strictly 2019

Chris Ramsey joins Strictly 2019

The BBC has announced that Chris Ramsey will compete in this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

'Werewolf: Live' signs TV development deal

'Werewolf: Live' signs TV development deal

Werewolf: Live, the stage comedy show hosted by Jon Gracey in which comedians verbally battle for survival, is being developed for TV.

Second series for Radio Wales's Relocation

Second series for Radio Wales's Relocation

BBC Radio Wales has ordered a second series of sitcom Relocation, written by Robin Morgan.

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Union Jack radio

Can't get to Edinburgh? Then fiddle your knob to Union JACK Radio every single night of the Fringe, at 9pm. Hear from the best of Great British comedy via On The Mic, or download the podcast. Download

Features

This Way Up interviews

This Way Up interviews

Aisling Bea and Sharon Horgan discuss new Channel 4 comedy This Way Up.

Top tips for the 2019 Edinburgh Festival

Top tips for the 2019 Edinburgh Festival

Here are the British Comedy Guide team's suggestions for shows to see in Edinburgh, based on all the gigs we've seen so far.

We have full listings and many Fringe interviews on the site too.

First Gig, Worst Gig: Sarah Keyworth

First Gig, Worst Gig: Sarah Keyworth

Flying chairs, hostile bouncers and a show-stealing kid at Standon Calling - Sarah Keyworth's gig history is worth catching.

British Comedy Quiz #61

British Comedy Quiz #61

There're some pictures you'll need to study in this week's quiz. How many points can you get?

Spencer Jones interview

Spencer Jones interview

Spencer Jones says, at the age of 43, he's now realised he's "definitely really weird".

Random 8: Vikki Stone

Random 8: Vikki Stone

Barbra Streisand! Bette Midler! Vikki Stone! It's a star-studded edition of the eight-question interview strand.

BCG Pro

BCG Pro

For the latest industry news, head to BCG Pro. You can read a speech from Nica Burns; The Secret Reviewer's inside take on the Fringe; and more. There are tools to help your career too.

Podcasts

Podcasts

Richard Herring's podcast comes daily from the Edinburgh Fringe. Meanwhile Hayley & Ruth review the recent heatwave.

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Melinda Hughes

Backed by a live jazz trio, Off the Scale starring Melinda Hughes is an Edinburgh Fringe show delivering a madcap romp through social and political satire, packed with provocative original songs on internet trolling, cougars, hipsters, sex-pest cowboys as well as an appearance by Melania Trump. It's at the Assembly Rooms daily at 4:50pm. Info & Tickets

TV listings

Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier

Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier

Wednesday 10pm, Dave

Jon Richardson and guests Josh Widdicombe, John Robins and Holly Walsh discuss, categorise and rank worries to do with People.

GameFace

GameFace

Wednesday 10:05pm, Channel 4

Marcella stars in a TV advert, but the part is more than she bargained for. She also celebrates good luck with margaritas, forgetting she has signed up for a creative writing class.

Sean Lock: Keep It Light

Sean Lock: Keep It Light

Wednesday 10:35pm, Channel 4

A TV broadcast of Sean Lock's 2017 DVD-released stand-up show, Keep It Light.

This Way Up

This Way Up

Thursday 10pm, Channel 4

Aisling Bea writes and stars in this new comedy about a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown. It looks set to be a big critical hit, so do tune in. All six episodes will be available on All 4 straight away.

The Tez O'Clock Show

The Tez O'Clock Show

Thursday 11:35pm, Channel 4

Tez has been shunted back by another half an hour for the final show in this series of late-night satire. No word on who his guests will be yet.

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Friday 8pm, BBC Two

In the second episode of the new series Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer brave the wild lakes of Essex in search of the mighty carp.

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Friday 9pm, Channel 4

Sean Lock and Joe Wilkinson take on Jon Richardson and Sara Pascoe, while Sam Simmons is in Dictionary Corner.

Hold The Sunset

Hold The Sunset

Friday 9pm, BBC One

After his disastrous open day, Phil has disappeared. As Edith searches for him, her difficult sister Joan invites herself to stay.

The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan

The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan

Friday 10pm, Channel 4

Mo is joined by Danny Dyer, broadcaster Maya Jama, comedian Joe Lycett and singer-songwriter Kelis this Friday.

Zone Of Champions

Zone Of Champions

Saturday 6:30pm, ITV

In this episode, Jack Bullman and Nicky Brimble guide viewers through the worlds of Supercar Exiting, Canine Dream Sprinting and Humans Balancing Things on Their Head.

The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk

The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk

Sunday 10pm & 10:10pm, BBC Two

The final two episodes of this inventive joke-packed show. If you can't wait until the weekend, they're all on iPlayer now.

For a complete list of broadcasts, including repeats and radio comedy, see our full schedule.

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Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher

Newlywed U.S. comic couple Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher continue their world tour/honeymoon with this hotly anticipated London debut, at Soho Theatre Mon 12 - Sat 17 Aug. Info & Tickets

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Back To Life

Back To Life

Out now. Blu-ray, DVD

Daisy Haggard's critically acclaimed comedy is now available to own on DVD and Blu-ray. The series follows 30-something Miri, released from prison after two decades for a terrible crime with long-lasting consequences. Returned to her parents' and home town, she's somewhat lost for what to do and with whom, but life still has plenty of surprises in store as the reality of 2019 life reveals itself; and there are still many secrets and tensions bubbling just under the surface.

Spring Meeting

Spring Meeting

Pre-order. Blu-ray

Hitchcock heroine Nova Pilbeam demonstrates her considerable flair for comedy in this incredibly popular wartime adaptation of the hit play by Irish author Molly Keane (a.k.a. M.J. Farrell) and John Perry. Co-starring Michael Wilding, Basil Sydney and Margaret Rutherford, Spring Meeting is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements. Tiny Fox-Collier and her son, Tony, are broke. A cheery and handsome young man about town, Tony knows he can rely on his mother for a brainwave to save them from utter destitution. This she has: a visit is scheduled to the Irish country estate of her old flame Sir Richard Furze, now a wealthy widower with two daughters. But while Tiny is determined to see her son marry the beautiful but haughty Joan, it seems Tony only has eyes for Joan's spirited younger sister, Baby...

Alfie Brown: Lunatic

Alfie Brown: Lunatic

Out now. Download

21-track comedy album from stand-up Alfie Brown.

The Mr. Pastry Collection

The Mr. Pastry Collection

Out now. DVD

Renown Pictures present a selection of films featuring the bumbling character who became one of the nation's first TV stars, Mr Pastry, played by Richard Hearne. Alongside some of his own home videos, and a selection of other film clips, the collection includes five hit features: Tons Of Trouble, The Butler's Dilemma, The Time Of His Life, Madame Louise, Something In The City. They date from 1943 to 1955.

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

Comedy videos

Dice Man

Dice Man

A sketch from Marek Larwood inspired by the famous Luke Rhinehart novel The Dice Man in which the central character acts solely according to the roll of a dice.

Dragony Aunts - Tackling Social Media Envy

Dragony Aunts - Tackling Social Media Envy

Crystal and Candy solve some pal problems. Joe Sutherland wants to stop feeling jealous of his friends' Insta-perfect lives, while self-declared introvert Yen needs their help with making friends.

Streamline

Streamline

A fast-paced short film in which an awkward nuclear scientist notices that everyone is obsessed with a new toy called the Mubu.

I'll Go Later

I'll Go Later

Do you hate going for a run? So does Scott. He wants to go for a run, he needs to, but it's never that simple, is it?

Brum - 2019 Reboot

Brum - 2019 Reboot

"The law were written for men... it were never written for cars." Casual Violence parody Brum, the beloved show from their childhoods, in this slick and impressive sketch.

Dave's Comedy Festival In An Ad Break - Be The Mate You'd Want

Dave's Comedy Festival In An Ad Break

Last week, UKTV's Dave celebrated International Friendship Day by taking over a commercial ad break and presenting the first ever Comedy Festival in an Ad Break. If you missed it, you can see the four minutes here.

Spotlight

Get Some In!

Get Some In!

Depicting life in the RAF under National Service in 1955, this hit Thames sitcom ran for 5 series between 1975 and 1978, from John Esmonde and Bob Larbey - writers of The Good Life, Please Sir!, and much else besides. Tony Selby starred as the vicious drill sergeant Cpl. Marsh, with David Janson, Gerard Ryder, Brian Pettifer and Robert Lindsay (later Karl Howman) his unlucky charges.

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