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Thursday 2nd May 2019

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Britain's Greatest Comedian. Copyright: Crook Productions.

Gold reveals Britain's Greatest Comedian list

Channel Gold has revealed the shortlist of 30 comedians who will be featured in its show Britain's Greatest Comedian.

Conversations against living miserably.

Comedians star in Dave mental health podcast

Channel Dave has launched Conversations Against Living Miserably, a podcast in which comedians share their personal experiences of mental health.

Harry Hill. Copyright: Beano Studios.

Harry Hill to judge Beano's Britain's Funniest Class competition

Harry Hill will judge Beano's nationwide search to find Britain's Funniest Class.

Stephen Fry. Copyright: David Cooper.

Stephen Fry announces first UK tour in nearly 40 years

Stephen Fry will embark on his first UK tour for nearly 40 years this summer, with his show Mythos: A Trilogy - Gods. Heroes. Men.

Mock The Week. Image shows from L to R: Hugh Dennis, Dara O Briain. Copyright: Angst Productions.

Mock The Week Series 18 - Coming Soon

Mock The Week Series 18 starts in late May. The comical press release reveals that newcomers this time will include Sindhu Vee, Olga Koch, Sophie Duker and Paul Chowdhry.


Image shows from L to R: Yuriko Kotani, Helen Bauer, Sophie Duker, Emily Woods, Janine Harouni.

Janine Harouni and Helen Bauer win 99 Club bursary 2019

Janine Harouni and Helen Bauer were the comedians selected at the 99 Club's 2019 Female & Non-Binary Comedy Bursary showcase.

BBC Radio microphone.

Getting Comedy On The Radio

A podcast discussion about how to get your ideas heard on the radio.

Press clippings

Ken Dodd.

Ken Dodd's gift to neighbours revealed

The Daily Express

Sir Ken Dodd's parish church is currently being renovated so that its bell will ring for the first time in 30 years.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. Copyright: Aardman Animations.

Wallace & Gromit creators pull out of 'UK's Disneyland'

The Guardian

Aardman Animations no longer involved with delayed £3.2bn theme park in Kent.

Rhod Gilbert.

Rhod Gilbert makes a documentary about infertility


Rhod Gilbert: Stand Up For Infertility follows a similar film on shyness he made for BBC One last year - and is based on his personal experience.

Hugo Rifkind.

Hugo Rifkind's Search For Power: devastatingly mild

The New Statesman

Generally, there's an underlying mirthlessness to the scripted comedy lecture.

Live comedy

Image shows from L to R: Yuriko Kotani, Helen Bauer, Sophie Duker, Emily Woods, Janine Harouni.

99 Club Bursary Showcase review


Judges in comedy competitions often offer condolences to those who don't win about how difficult the decision was and how close the quality of the contestants was. At the risk of breaking the illusion, that's not always true. But last night, it was.

Image shows from L to R: Yuriko Kotani, Helen Bauer, Sophie Duker, Emily Woods, Janine Harouni.

99 Club Bursary Showcase review

Beyond The Joke

I was a judge and while our conversation must remain private, let's just say resolving this one makes Brexit seem like a doddle.

Jo Brand.

Jo Brand: pretty female comics fare better


Attractive female comedians do better in the business than ordinary-looking women, Jo Brand has claimed.

Calendar Girls 2019.

Calendar Girls the Musical - review

The Reviews Hub (***)

Awarded a standing ovation by a large part of the audience, this is a musical to enjoy for what it is, but despite the new compositions fitted around the story, somehow doesn't quite capture the essence of the original for this reviewer.

The Late Late Morecambe And Wise Show. Image shows from L to R: Eric (Jonty Stephens), Ern (Ian Ashpitel).

Review: An Evening of Eric & Ern

Across The Arts (*****)

Jonty Stephens (Eric) and Ian Ashpitel (Ern) have the classic duo down to a tee: the twitching glasses, gestures, intonations inflections, comic timing, stage presence, paper bag and their contempt for Des O'Connor.


Sex Education. Image shows from L to R: Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey), Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield). Copyright: Eleven Film.

Sex Education - Cast reacts to Series 2 scripts

Sex Education is back in session.

Greg Davies.

Greg Davies gives a funny speech at BAFTA TV Craft Awards

As he prepares to present script supervisor Emma Thomas with the BAFTA Craft Special Award, Greg Davies goes off script.

Simon Panrucker.

Musical mug

Simon Panrucker says: "I found this mug on a wall one day. Turns out it contained musical delights and even more than I bargained for!"

Celebrity Juice.

Celebrity Juice - Amanda Holden on the Wibble Wobbly Board

Amanda Holden has a go on Celebrity Juice's Wibbly Wobbly Board.

Today's TV

Blockbusters. Copyright: Thames.


Comedy Central, 8pm

Series 1, Episode 7: Dara schools our sixth former contestants Frank, Zeenah and Arjuns as they take on this iconic trivia-based quiz for the chance to win some epic prizes.

There's Something About Movies. Image shows from L to R: Micky Flanagan, Jessica Brown Findlay, Lolly Adefope, Alan Carr, Jimmy Carr, Roisin Conaty, Michael Sheen. Copyright: CPL Productions.

There's Something About Movies

Sky One, 9pm

Series 1, Episode 1: In the first show of the series, Alan Carr is joined by team captains Micky Flanagan and Michael Sheen, with guests Lolly Adefope, Jimmy Carr, Roisin Conaty and Jessica Brown Findlay.

Dead Pixels. Megan 'Meg' Jefferies (Alexa Davies).

Dead Pixels

E4, 9:30pm

Series 1, Episode 6: Meg, Nicky, Usman and Russell are set to complete Kingdom Scrolls and decide to make a weekend of it by cosplaying the final level.

Celebrity Juice.

Celebrity Juice

ITV2, 10pm

Series 21, Episode 7: The panel celebrate Keith Lemon's birthday in this Superhero Special. Paddy McGuinness and special guest team captain Amanda Holden are joined by The Vamps' Brad Simpson and James McVey, actor Max Beesley, acting icon Patsy Kensit and comedy actress Emily Atack.

Lee And Dean. Image shows from L to R: Lee (Miles Chapman), Mrs Bryce-D'Souza (Anna Morris).

Lee And Dean

Channel 4, 10pm

Series 2, Episode 4: When an old friend of the firm reappears, and another runs into trouble, the boys rally round. Lee is keen to impress with his new responsibilities in business and his personal life. Nikki makes a rash decision, Dean and Mrs Bryce-D'Souza grow ever closer, and Shitty Mick channels his inner choirboy.

Scot Squad. Copyright: The Comedy Unit.

Scot Squad

BBC Scotland, 10pm

Series 5, Episode 5: This week Officer Karen offers a helping hand, whilst biting her tongue, when Bobby shows the results of his first experience with Botox. Meanwhile urban officers PC Jack McLaren and PC Sarah Fletcher set their sights on a criminal who makes a spectacle of himself.

Frankie Boyle's New World Order. Frankie Boyle. Copyright: Zeppotron.

Frankie Boyle's New World Order

BBC Two, 10pm

Series 3, Episode 6: Frankie Boyle, Sara Pascoe, Miles Jupp and guests try to make sense of the bewildering times we live in.

Al Murray's Great British Pub Quiz. Image shows from L to R: Ed Byrne, Shaun Williamson, Al Murray, Kerry Godliman. Copyright: Avalon Television.

Al Murray's Great British Pub Quiz

Quest, 10pm

Series 1, Episode 9: Al, aided by barman Shaun Williamson and captains Ed Byrne and Kerry Godliman, oversees the clash between The Burrell Arms from West Sussex and The Manor House from Coventry.

Today's radio

Curious Under The Stars. Copyright: BBC.

Curious Under The Stars

BBC Radio 4, 10:45am

Series 8: The Owl and the Ivy, Episode 4: With events spiralling out of control, the Druids Rest is forced to close its doors for the first time since Gareth and Diane arrived in Glan Don.

Meet David Sedaris. David Sedaris.

Meet David Sedaris

BBC Radio 4, 6:30pm

Series 7, Episode 5: The American humorist presents more words of wit and wisdom, reading a story called Active Shooter and further extracts from the diary he has kept daily for 40 years.

Newsjack Unplugged. Copyright: BBC.

Newsjack Unplugged

BBC Radio 4 Extra, 10:30pm

Series 3, Episode 7: Darren Harriott is joined by a guest to chat about the week's news, and with the help of the Great British public, transforms them into sketches and one-liners.