British Comedy Guide

Olivia Colman

The Office: how the series two finale was a masterpiece

It's been 15 years since the original UK version of The Office came to an initial close with one of the most heartbreaking episodes in sitcom history.

Alex Nelson, i Newspaper, 2nd November 2017

Office worker Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) is seeking redemption on the dancefloor. He tucked away his sequins years ago after being bullied at school, but dusts them down when the new boss (Rashida Jones) he's fallen for turns out to be a salsa fan. Frost doesn't quite convince as a dancer, but he's a nimble comedian and there's plenty of support from a vibrant cast including Olivia Colman and Chris O'Dowd.

Paul Howlett, The Guardian, 5th May 2017

16 times Green Wing was one of the funniest shows ever

From the surreal quirks of Sue White to the stammering awkwardness of Dr Alan Statham, we've rounded up some of the best bits below...

Sam Haysom, Mashable, 14th April 2017

Comedy nominees for BAFTA TV Awards 2017

Camping, Fleabag, Flowers, People Just Do Nothing, The Last Leg and Taskmaster are amongst the nominees for the 2017 BAFTA TV Awards.

British Comedy Guide, 11th April 2017

Chortle Awards 2017 winners

The winners of the Chortle Awards 2017 have been announced. Winners include Bridget Christie, Romesh Ranganathan, Joel Dommett, Justin Moorhouse and Lolly Adefope.

British Comedy Guide, 20th March 2017

Chortle Awards 2017 nominees announced

The nominees for the Chortle Awards 2017 have been announced. David Baddiel, Bridget Christie, Richard Gadd, Kieran Hodgson and Stewart Lee are shortlisted for best live show.

British Comedy Guide, 16th February 2017

10 top tens for Hot Fuzz's tenth

This year, after watching Hot Fuzz for the tenth time, and still picking up little details I'd never noticed before, I went down to the pub for a glass of celebratory cranberry juice. I thought Anglonerd magazine, too, should celebrate the brilliance of this film in a big way, so here is not just a top ten list, but ten top ten lists, highlighting the best one hundred things about Edgar Wright's comedy action flick. *Spoilers*

Jaime Pond, Anglonerd, 14th February 2017

Presented by the charming Victoria Coren Mitchell, this is an odd one: part interview, part vehicular rumination. The interviewee is asked to view their life through their cars, from their parents' to their current motor. Obviously a device, but it's a patchy one: the first episode, with chatty, confiding Dawn French, worked well, but Olivia Colman, this week, was pricklier. Coren Mitchell asked a couple too many yes/no questions, to which Colman often gave a one-word answer. In both shows I enjoyed it when the conversation expanded a little. Coren Mitchell made a great point about women feeling both safe and adventurous in a car. More of that, please!

Miranda Sawyer, The Observer, 11th December 2016

Of all the formats BBC radio employs to ensure that you're never more than half an hour away from hearing the same two-dozen comics and presenters chatting companionably with each other, Women Talking About Cars is one of the easiest to forgive. In this episode presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell takes Olivia Colman through all the cars she has owned or driven in her life. These include her early Morris Minor, which she named Moomin. She claims to have fixed the rotor arm of said vehicle with nail varnish, which can't be in the manuals. What's valuable is the light shed on aspects of her life that have nothing to do with cars, such as the fact that even Colman, seemingly one of the most in-demand actors in the UK, can expect to be out of work for half of the year.

David Hepworth, The Observer, 4th December 2016

Depressed girl killed herself after watching Flowers

A sixth former at a top private boarding school was found hanging just hours after being distressed by a Channel 4 series which featured a suicide attempt, an inquest has heard. Rebecca Haley, 18, was said left 'upset and emotional' after watching the series called Flowers which examined issues around depression.

Richard Spillett, Daily Mail, 25th October 2016

Radio 4's Women Talking About Cars signs up top guests

Women Talking About Cars, a new Radio 4 comedy chat show series hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell, has signed up Dawn French, Olivia Colman, Sarah Millican and Germaine Greer as guests.

British Comedy Guide, 17th October 2016

Flowers to return to Channel 4 for Series 2

Channel 4 has ordered a second series of Flowers, the dark comedy drama starring Julian Barratt and Olivia Colman.

British Comedy Guide, 19th September 2016

TV needs far more seething women like Fleabag

Angry young men are commonplace on our screens - but it's refreshing, and rare, to watch a woman use the c-word like a bullet.

Eleanor Morgan, The Guardian, 29th August 2016

Fleabag, series 1 review

At first glance BBC Three's new sitcom Fleabag may give the illusion of being like any other modern day sitcom. A young, attractive but troubled lead with a turbulent love life, an uptight sister and a struggling small business; what more could writer and Fleabag Phoebe Waller-Bridge bring to the table? But within the first episode the narrative is already swept in an interesting direction, with the suggestion of darker aspects to this person's life than one might previously have assumed.

Becca Moody, Moody Comedy, 27th August 2016

TV review: Fleabag, BBC Three, Episode 6

I'm reluctant to review the final episode of Fleabag. I don't want to give anything away. All I should really say is that you should watch it. And if you haven't watched the first five episodes catch up immediately.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 25th August 2016

Review: Fleabag, BBC Three, episode 5

It has taken me a while to get round to writing about the fifth episode of Fleabag. I don't know what the journalistic equivalent of being speechless is but that's how I felt after watching it. It's not quite the same as writer's block, it's just when you see something that is so visceral and powerful on a gut level as this it is hard to find the right way of expressing your response to it.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 18th August 2016

Fleabag: a hilarious sitcom about terrible people

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's sitcom is full of people who are defeated and unlikable - including her own character who masturbates to Barack Obama speeches. But it's utterly riveting.

Stuart Heritage, The Guardian, 5th August 2016

Review: Fleabag, BBC Three, episode 3

There is a hint of some character development towards the end of the third episode of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's excellent series. Jogging through a graveyard Fleabag suddenly seems to see the world in a different way. Could she be heading for a happy ending?

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 3rd August 2016

Fleabag: a gloriously rude update of Bridget Jones

Is eye-popping female sex comedy your sort of thing? If not, best look away now.

Jasper Rees, The Telegraph, 21st July 2016

Fleabag: modern life is rubbish is BBC3's newest comedy

Greedy. Perverted. Selfish. Apathetic. Cynical. Depraved. Just some of the adjectives that the titular Fleabag uses to describe her life in the opening episode of this new BBC3 sitcom and over the course of the half hour, she definitely manages to tick the boxes on all of the above.

Colin McMahon, The Custard TV, 21st July 2016