Weekly Newsletter

Monday 7th September 2020

We're very excited today as we're announcing our own online comedy festival! Laughter Lounge, running from Monday 28th September, will feature brilliant shows and interesting talks from some of the UK's funniest people. Click below for more information.

Latest comedy news

British Comedy Guide announces Laughter Lounge online comedy festival

British Comedy Guide's Laughter Lounge

British Comedy Guide is to run Laughter Lounge, a virtual comedy festival from Monday 28th September until Sunday 4th October. Acts include Tom Allen, David O'Doherty and Luisa Omielan.

Barry Cryer's Comedy Legends to return for a third series

Barry Cryer's Comedy Legends to return for a third series

Kenneth Williams and Norman Wisdom are among those who will feature in the third series of Barry Cryer's series Comedy Legends on Sky Arts.

Comedies in the running for Broadcast Digital Awards 2020

Comedies in the running for Broadcast Digital Awards 2020

Brassic, Breeders, Enterprice, Man Like Mobeen, The Young Offenders and This Country are amongst the nominees for the Broadcast Digital Awards 2020.

Doc Martin to end

Doc Martin to end

It has been confirmed that ITV's hit comedy drama Doc Martin will end after the next run of episodes. Series 10 is due to be filmed in 2021, and then Martin Clunes will stop playing the popular character.

Bill Oddie reveals he has been 'very ill'

Bill Oddie reveals he has been 'very ill'

Bill Oddie has revealed he has been "very ill most of this summer". The Goodies star has been suffering from lithium toxicity, which he says almost killed him.

Limmy to quit TV with final special

Limmy to quit TV with final special

Limmy has confirmed that his forthcoming television show will be his last, as he quits all broadcast, publishing and live work to become a full-time streamer.

Liam Hourican stars in new film La Cha Cha

Liam Hourican stars in new film La Cha Cha

Character comic Liam Hourican has landed his first lead film role in La Cha Cha, a dark comedy directed by Twin Town's Kevin Allen.

Steve Coogan to star in Richard III film The Lost King

Steve Coogan to star in Richard III film The Lost King

Steve Coogan will star in The Lost King, a movie about the discovery of Richard III's remains beneath a Leicester car park.

Bill Bailey to take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2020

Bill Bailey to take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2020

Bill Bailey will take part in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

James Veitch's show to remain on BBC Sounds despite rape allegations

James Veitch's show to remain on BBC Sounds despite rape allegations

Radio 4 is resisting removing James Veitch's Contractual Obligation from BBC Sounds after the stand-up comic was accused of multiple rapes and sexual assaults.

TV warm-up comedian Ian Royce dies aged 51

TV warm-up comedian Ian Royce dies aged 51

Ian Royce, a comedian who acted as the studio warm-up act for entertainment shows such as Britain's Got Talent, has died of severe pneumonia and multiple organ failure.

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Features

Comedy Chronicles: The Other One: Could've done, should've done

Comedy Chronicles: The Other One: Could've done, should've done

Despite starring both Richard Briers and Michael Gambon, one late 1970s sitcom - from the writers of The Good Life and Ever Decreasing Circles - failed to make any public impression whatsoever. This was the other The Other One.

First Gig, Worst Gig: Marek Larwood

First Gig, Worst Gig: Marek Larwood

What is Pooman? What does Marek Larwood have to do with it? And why did he liquify his lap pre-gig? All will be revealed.

Jamie MacDonald on starring in the campaign for David Beckham's new fragrance

Jamie MacDonald on starring in the campaign for David Beckham's new fragrance

"So there I was in London, at this Highgate mansion, meeting David Beckham for the shoot." Jamie MacDonald talks to us about starring in the footballer's new fragrance advert, and other topics.

British Comedy Quiz #117

British Comedy Quiz #117

If you can name the character at the centre of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em you'll have a point to start with... but how many others can you get? The top score possible is 10 (or 15 if you're a BCG Supporter, as you get bonus questions).

Thortful

BCG Pro: Birthday card competition

Can you think up the next hit greeting card caption? If so, enter the competition we're running on BCG Pro in conjunction with card company thortful. There are cash prizes on offer, and the best captions will be put on sale as real cards, earning ongoing royalties.

Podcasts

Podcasts

Head to our podcasts section for lots of audio laughs. Alongside the latest from the likes of Richard Herring are various archive shows you can listen to anytime, including John Dredge's critically acclaimed sketch show.

TV listings

Comedy Game Night

Comedy Game Night

Wednesday 9pm, Comedy Central

The second week of Comedy Central's new series. Ellie Taylor, Luisa Omielan, Sophie Duker, Richard Blackwood, Dev Griffin and John Thomson are the guests this time.

Two Weeks To Live

Two Weeks To Live

Wednesday 10pm, Sky One

Episode 2 of the comedy thriller, and Kim faces her dad's killer in an epic showdown. Head to our website to read interviews with the four lead stars of the show.

A League Of Their Own

A League Of Their Own

Thursday 9pm, Sky One

Romesh Ranganathan is back is the hosting chair this week, as Tom Davis, Tom Allen, tennis star Heather Watson and footballer Eric Dier join in the sports-based fun.

Semi-Detached

Semi-Detached

Thursday 9:35pm, BBC Two

In the last episode of the series, Stuart and the family rush to the hospital to be by the bedside of Stuart's dad Willie. Various revelations are ready to be spilled.

The Russell Howard Hour

The Russell Howard Hour

Thursday 10pm, Sky One

Russell Howard returns for a fourth series of his topical show. As the trailer on our website shows, this one will - unsurprisingly - be without a studio audience; the host presents with a simple blue background behind him.

Frankie Boyle's New World Order

Frankie Boyle's New World Order

Thursday 10pm, BBC Two

Sara Pascoe, Sophie Duker and Jamali Maddix sit alongside Frankie Howerd this week, to debate the latest topical issues leading us to a certain grizzly apocalypse.

The Duchess

The Duchess

Friday, Netflix

Katherine Ryan's new sitcom will be available on Netflix from Friday. Semi-autobiographical, it focuses on a single mother and her young daughter, living in London. Click through to see the trailer.

Peter Kay's Comedy Shuffle

Peter Kay's Stand-Up Comedy Shuffle

Friday 9pm, BBC One

Another set of highlights from Peter Kay's stand-up career. There's no word yet on which routines will be included, but we can probably expect some material from his classic Top Of The Tower show.

Jonathan Ross' Comedy Club

Jonathan Ross' Comedy Club

Saturday 10pm, ITV

Jonathan Ross showcases up-and-coming comedians in this new series. He's joined by regular co-host Mawaan Rizwan, and this week they introduce Kae Kurd, Flo & Joan, Sophie Duker and Rob Beckett.

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Sunday 8pm, BBC Two

Episode 4 from the latest series of the calming but regularly funny comedy programme. This time Paul and Bob fish for brown trout on the beautiful river Test in Hampshire.

Harry Hill's World Of TV

Harry Hill's World Of TV

Sunday 8:30pm, BBC Two

This weekend Harry Hill will be showcasing clips from police dramas. Dixon Of Dock Green, Z Cars, Softly Softly, The Sweeney, The Bill and Line Of Duty are amongst his targets.

There're lots of series starting on Radio 4 this week: Ramble Book (Monday-Friday, 9:45am), Prostrate (Monday-Friday, 10:45am), The Museum Of Curiosity (Monday, 6:30pm), Great Lives - Kenneth Williams (Tuesday, 4:30pm) and Phil Ellis Is Trying (Wednesday, 6:30pm). For a complete list of TV and radio broadcasts, including repeats, see our full schedule.

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Gary Delaney - Pundamentalist

Gary Delaney - Pundamentalist

Pre-order. Hardback, eBook

Gary Delaney, one-liner extraordinaire, has appeared on shows like Mock The Week and written for the likes of Jimmy Carr, Jason Manford, and James Corden. Now, for the first time, comes this collection of his finest 3,000 jokes.

Make sure you look out for Gary's next book, about Stockholm Syndrome: it starts off badly but by the end you'll really enjoy it...

Ellie Taylor's Safe Space

Ellie Taylor's Safe Space

Out now. Audio Download

Comedian Ellie Taylor has some opinions she'd like to get off her chest. In this series she discusses her views through stand-up, sketches and with help from the studio audience and her side-kick, Robin Morgan. First, Ellie looks at parenting and considers: has having kids ruined her life? Next she considers whether masculinity has had unfairly poor press. And what about the environment? Is the planet really worth saving? Ellie's not so sure.

Matt Forde - Politically Homeless

Matt Forde - Politically Homeless

Pre-order. Hardback, eBook

Part memoir, part behind-the-scenes insider view, Politically Homeless is a book for anyone who feels annoyed by the current state of politics. Which should be around 65 million people in the UK alone.

Matt Forde has been obsessed with politics ever since he was 9 years-old. Raised by a single mum on benefits in inner city Nottingham, he joined the Socialist Workers Party as soon as he could, foisted issues of Marxism Today on innocent bystanders and attended his first political party conference. From then on Matt's whole future looked wedded to the Labour Party. But then Labour started to fall apart, and so did Matt's sense of purpose.

Exploring themes such as tribalism, the curse of complacency and why some politicians refuse to speak normally, Politically Homeless is a book of personal stories and thought-provoking insights into this complicated world.

From The Oasthouse: The Alan Partridge Podcast

From The Oasthouse: The Alan Partridge Podcast

Out now. Audio Download

Broadcaster, writer, philanthropist and one of the first public figures to suggest high-visibility clothing for people manning temporary car parks, the public Alan Partridge is a cherished institution. But what of the unseen Alan? For the first time, this famously private man welcomes us into his home and audibly deshrouds himself for a fascinating series of podcasts. Over the course of 18 episodes, Partridge grants us full and unfettered access to his off-screen life (within reason).

Kevin Day - Who Are Ya?

Kevin Day - Who Are Ya?

Pre-order. Hardback, eBook

The publishers say: "Written by comedian and former Match Of The Day presenter Kevin Day, Who Are Ya? is a mix of comic football observation, friendly fan rivalry and quirky anecdote, featuring a foreword by Gary Lineker and a host of celebrity contributions.

"During his time as a broadcaster, Kevin Day has spoken to thousands of football fans. He has interviewed countless players and managers from across the generations, and he has spent thousands of hours crossing the country on trains, planes, automobiles and coaches, watching football at all levels. Who Are Ya? is partly autobiographical and mildly polemical, but mostly it is laugh-out-loud funny. It's also a snapshot of modern football, exploring all 92 English football league clubs. For instance, the chapter on Manchester City will include an angry and bemused look at modern football finances; Chelsea will include a discussion on foreign owners; Coventry, a hymn to the author's love of football kits; Walsall, a diversion into club nicknames (the Saddlers, since you ask); Spurs will lead to Gary Lineker and the art of TV punditry; and Crystal Palace will lead to superstitions, romance and being padlocked into a train with no toilet on the way to Wrexham."

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

Comedy videos

Get Duked! - The making of Get Duked

Get Duked! - The making of Get Duked

From scriptwriting to casting and fighting the windy, rainy British weather, here's a look at what went on during the making of Get Duked!, the well-reviewed film now available through Amazon Prime Video.

Michael McIntyre: Showman - Changing passwords

Michael McIntyre: Showman - Changing passwords

In this relatable clip from his new Netflix special (launching next week), Michael McIntyre remembers back to the simpler days of having just one password.

Steve Royle on Britain's Got Talent semi-finals

Steve Royle on Britain's Got Talent semi-finals

Comedian Steve Royle has made it through to the Britain's Got Talent final. If you missed it, here's his performance from this weekend's semi-final.

Enrique Gibbon's Galactic Pidgeon - Why do people like Cats?

Enrique Gibbon's Galactic Pidgeon - Why do people like cats?

The start of a second series of the web comedy in which an opinionated character delivers monologues. The show has now got a bit more trippy - it's worth a look... unless you're a fan of cats, in which case you might not like what he has to say.

Can females really be funny?!

Can females really be funny?!

In this improvised sketch from duo Kat & Kat, a reporter is at a comedy club to find out if female comedians really can be funny.

100 Reasons - Beds

100 Reasons - Beds

Ian Smith is back and he's angrier than ever! He's really angry with the thing most of us sleep on, and has 100 reasons to explain precisely why!

Adorable child interrupts Zoom

Adorable child interrupts Zoom

Another great sketch from The Pin, guest starring Nick Mohammed. Who is going to get the position in this job interview?

President Trump and the OTHER Room Next Door

President Trump and the OTHER Room Next Door

Michael Spicer's latest Room Next Door sketch has a bit of a twist to it. Check it out.

When you find pictures on your boyfriend's phone

When you find pictures on your boyfriend's phone

Rhiannon Hopkins sings about what she found on her boyfriend's phone.

Spotlight

....Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe And Find True Happiness?

....Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe And Find True Happiness?

Yes, the title is odd - but this 1969 film starring, directed, produced and co-written by Anthony Newley is even odder still. He plays an actor (Merkin) who's embarked on a premature mid-life crisis at the moment of his 40th birthday, taking his two young children and his elderly mother to a deserted beach, where he begins to re-enact the various "chapters" from his life story to date, both personal and professional. Newley's real-life wife, Joan Collins, plays Merkin's wife, whilst the couple's two children, equally, feature as the Merkin offspring. Patricia Hayes, Bruce Forsyth, Rosalind Knight, Victor Spinetti, Julian Orchard and Judy Cornwell also feature, alongside American Playboy centrefold Connie Kreski as the beautiful long-lost-love interest, Humppe. Slated by critics, the film is truly a product of its time: no other decade but the (late) 1960s could have produced a film so utterly bonkers. Now a real rarity, it does occasionally pop up on movie channels. Keep an eye out for this strangest of movies.

Thanks for reading

Bob Bootman has won the latest BCG Pro Gag-a-Week competition on the topic of schools:

Fractions at school. I understood them half the time, but the other three quarters were a complete mystery.

That's it for this newsletter. Do please check out our Laughter Lounge comedy festival line-up.

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