Weekly Newsletter

Monday 12th August 2019

The middle of August always tends to be a quiet time for news, but we have lots of features from the Edinburgh Festival to share below.

Latest comedy news

Tom Allen announced as new The Apprentice: You're Fired host

Tom Allen announced as new The Apprentice: You're Fired host

Comedian Tom Allen is to host the next series of The Appentice companion show You're Fired.

Rose Matafeo gets BBC Three sitcom Starstruck

Rose Matafeo gets BBC Three sitcom Starstruck

Kiwi comic Rose Matafeo has had her own sitcom commissioned by BBC Three and the US's HBO Max.

Nicholas Parsons misses Just A Minute recordings

Nicholas Parsons misses Just A Minute recordings

Nicholas Parsons has missed hosting two episodes of Just A Minute, reportedly due to a bad back. Gyles Brandreth stepped in as guest host.

Amazon buys Pegg & Frost's ghost hunting comedy

Amazon buys Pegg & Frost's ghost hunting comedy

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's new comedy series about ghost hunters, Truth Seekers, has been bought for international release by streaming platform Amazon Prime Video.

Malcolm Hardee Awards return

Malcolm Hardee Awards return

The Hardees - The Malcolm Hardee Awards - are being revived after their demise in 2017. The awards aim to recognise a spirit of madcap anarchy in comedy performers at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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Aditi Mittal and Sumit Anand

Join two of the best stand-up comedians that India has to offer up at the world's biggest arts festival - the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Netflix star Aditi Mittal's ★★★★ hit is for everyone with mothers or anyone who knows someone with a mother, while Sumit Anand will be doing absolutely no jokes about Godzilla in his debut show Nothing About Godzilla (sorry 'zilla fans). Info & Tickets

Features

Edinburgh Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe

Head to our Edinburgh Fringe mini site (which isn't so mini) so read lots of interviews, access full listings featuring all the reviews the show has got, check out our first recommendations, and much more.

A League Of Their Own interviews

A League Of Their Own interviews

Freddie Flintoff, Jamie Redknapp and Romesh Ranganathan talk about the new 14th series of A League Of Their Own.

Nick Revell interview

Nick Revell interview

Back on the circuit and oozing with odd tales, Nick Revell talks us through his bearpit Comedy Store baptism, heady gag-writing days at Drop The Dead Donkey and the tricky road back to stand-up after a decade off.

Fringe dispatches

Fringe dispatches

Our first batch of weird and wonderful comedy sightings at the world's biggest arts festival. There are quite some oddities!

First Gig, Worst Gig: Giants as Fjord

First Gig, Worst Gig: Giants as Fjord

Nordic pop duo Fjord have taken Giants' slot at this year's Edinburgh Fringe - but will Ulrik's papa be there to see it?

Win Benjamin on DVD and a signed poster

Win Benjamin on DVD and a signed poster

Win a copy of Simon Amstell's film Benjamin on DVD, plus a signed poster.

British Comedy Quiz #62

British Comedy Quiz #62

Do you remember who Alan Partridge shot? Take our latest quiz...

Random 8: Adam Larter

Random 8: Adam Larter

Lord of Weirdos and king of the cardboard supermarket, Adam Larter once caused a scene at Buckingham Palace: but what did he say to The Queen?

Podcasts

Podcasts

Hit panel show podcast Do The Right Thing is back for a new series - the first features guests Joe Lycett and Sarah Millican. Meanwhile RHLSTP is coming daily from the Edinburgh Festival.

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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

TV listings

GameFace

GameFace

Wednesday 10pm & 10:30pm, Channel 4

The series ends with a double-bill. Marcella goes to stay in a country cottage to clear her head in Episode 5, then Jon invites her to his art exhibition.

Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier

Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier

Wednesday 10pm, Dave

Morgana Robinson, Lolly Adefope and Matt Forde categorise and rank worries to do with The Future. Will robots steal our jobs? And is Elon Musk really going to nuke Mars?

A League Of Their Own

A League Of Their Own

Thursday 9pm, Sky One

James Corden returns with the comedy quiz, with Fearne Cotton, Jimmy Anderson and Joe Cole joining regulars Jamie Redknapp, Andrew Flintoff and Romesh Ranganathan.

This Way Up

This Way Up

Thursday 10pm, Channel 4

Aine begins privately tutoring a young French boy, freshly arrived in London to live with his estranged English father following his mother's death.

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Friday 8pm, BBC Two

The duo set out on Scotland's River Tay in the hope of realising Bob's childhood dream of catching a salmon.

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Friday 9pm, Channel 4

Sean Lock and Rob Beckett take on special guest team captain Alan Carr and Sarah Millican, while Nick Mohammed joins wordsmith Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner.

Hold The Sunset

Hold The Sunset

Friday 9pm, BBC One

Edith is finding her irritating sister Joan very difficult, and Roger, impatient to help Phil sell his house, decides to help by checking his roof for dry rot.

The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan

The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan

Friday 10pm, Channel 4

Mo is joined by guests including dancer Ashley Banjo and actor Tom Davis.

Susan Calman's Fringe Benefits

Susan Calman's Fringe Benefits

Friday 10:30pm, BBC Scotland

In the latest show from Edinburgh, Susan Calman's interviewees will include comedians Phoebe Robinson, Nick Helm, Iain Stirling and Jay Lafferty.

Zone Of Champions

Zone Of Champions

Saturday 6:45pm, ITV

Events in the clip show this week include Hamster Athletics and Using an Escalator for the Purposes of Banter.

Al Murray's Great British Pub Quiz

Al Murray's Great British Pub Quiz

Sunday 9pm, Quest

Al, aided by barman Shaun Williamson and captains Kerry Godliman and Ed Byrne, oversees a clash between The Mayflower from Rotherhithe and The Wheatsheaf and Pigeon from Staines.

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

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The Vagabonds

The Vagabonds of Comedy is an exquisitely silly variety night at the Edinburgh Fringe, featuring an assorted selection of comedy, cabaret and musical acts from around the festival. Join hosts Imaan Hadchiti and Filippo Spreafico at The Counting House each night at 11:45pm. Info & Tickets

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Dilemma - The Complete Series 1-4

Dilemma - The Complete Series 1-4

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All four series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show about morality and ethics, hosted by Sue Perkins - plus a special episode recorded at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Described by the Radio Times as "a cross between QI and The Moral Maze", this funny and thought-provoking panel show sees comedian Sue Perkins putting her guests through the moral and ethical wringer as she poses a series of tricky hypothetical questions - and cross-examines them on their answers.

Benjamin

Benjamin

Out now. DVD, download

Benjamin is the critically acclaimed feature debut from the comedian, actor, writer and director Simon Amstell. The bittersweet comedy tells the story of Benjamin (Colin Morgan), a rising star filmmaker who is thrown into emotional turmoil on the brink of premiering his second film, when Billie, his hard-partying publicist, introduces him to a mesmeric French musician called Noah. The cast also includes Phénix Brossard, Joel Fry, Jack Rowan, Jessica Raine and Anna Chancellor.

Tez Talks - The Complete Series 1-3

Tez Talks - The Complete Series 1-3

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Breakthrough comedian Tez Ilyas presents a show for everyone interested in - or interested in becoming - a British Muslim. Everything you need to know is here - the dos, don'ts, and avoid-or-you'll-be-arresteds. How can Muslims integrate better? And who says they don't at the moment? And more importantly, what's Marks & Spencer or hipster beards got to do with it? What is the mysterious organisation that is the 'Muslim Community'? Who runs it? What does it do? And does Nadiya from Bake Off speak for them all? All these questions and more.

A Kid For Two Farthings - Dual Format Edition

A Kid For Two Farthings - Dual Format Edition

Pre-order. Blu-ray

Carol Reed's last film for the legendary Alexander Korda and his first in colour is the whimsical tale of a young boy, Joe, who buys a small goat in the belief that it's a magical unicorn that will grant him and his friends' wishes. Counter-balancing this is the equally childlike romance of Sonia (Diana Dors) and her body-building boyfriend Sam (Joe Robinson), and the latter's misguided involvement with crooked wrestling promoter Blackie Isaacs (Lou Jacobi). A very rare example of an Anglo-Jewish film, it was partly shot on location in Petticoat Lane in London's East End, and is presented here restored and in high definition on Blu-ray for the very first time.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Fleabag: The Special Edition

Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Fleabag: The Special Edition

Pre-order. Paperback

Celebrate the incredible journey of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's outrageously funny, blazingly forthright Fleabag, from Fringe theatre hit to international cultural phenomenon, in this special edition script book of the original play, including never-before-seen colour photos and exclusive bonus content by Phoebe, director Vicky Jones and key members of the creative team.

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

Comedy videos

Anatole's Island

Anatole's Island

Peter Serafinowicz narrates this short animated tale about a marmot and his fantastic island. Anatole meets a variety of imaginative and wonderful creatures on a journey.

Stan Bonkman: How To Be An Effective Businessman

Stan Bonkman: How To Be An Effective Businessman

Stan Bonkman is the founder of Big Bonkers, an organisation that focuses on putting the little guy back into big business. This is a typical day in his life.

Map Men - The family that shrank France

Map Men - The family that shrank France

Jay Foreman and Mark Cooper-Jones explain how France was mapped. It's very interesting, but all the better for being told with humour.

The Day Shall Come - Trailer

The Day Shall Come - Trailer

The trailer for the explosive new film from Chris Morris. The plot is thus: It is harder to catch a real terrorist than it is to manufacture your own.

Spotlight

The Crouches

The Crouches

Short-lived, this early 2000s sitcom about a black family ran for two series on BBC One, charting the domestic troubles of three generations of the Crouches. It had great writers and a fantastic cast - including Robbie Gee, Rudolph Walker, Mona Hammond, Akemnji Ndifornyen, Don Warrington and Danny John-Jules - but sadly never quite took off. DVDs of both series are available second-hand.

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