British Comedy Guide



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Notable archive productions

Medium Production Broadcaster Genre Summary
Film Another Year. Image shows from L to R: Gerri (Ruth Sheen), Tom (Jim Broadbent). Another Year Film Mike Leigh's 2010 comedy drama about a contented couple and their less fortunate friends and family.
Film East Is East. Copyright: Film4. East Is East Film Comedy drama about a Pakistani immigrant who, along with his wife, is trying to run a fish-and-chip shop while coping with their 7 children.
Film Frank. Image shows from L to R: Frank Sidebottom (Michael Fassbender), Jon Burroughs (Domhnall Gleeson). Copyright: Film4. Frank Film Film based on the Frank Sidebottom character. Young musician Jon discovers he bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop group.
Film Gregory's Two Girls. Copyright: Film4. Gregory's Two Girls Film Bill Forsyth's sequel to Gregory's Girl sees Gregory Underwood, now a teacher at his Cumbernauld alma mater, caught between two girls.
Film Looking For Eric. Copyright: Film4. Looking For Eric Film Eric a football fanatic postman whose life is descending in to crisis receives some life coaching from the famously philosophical Eric Cantona.
Film Rita, Sue And Bob Too!. Image shows from L to R: Rita (Siobhan Finneran), Bob (George Costigan), Sue (Michelle Holmes). Copyright: Film4. Rita, Sue And Bob Too! Film A funny and life-enhancing comedy from Alan Clarke set against a background of deprivation.
Film Fighting With My Family. Saraya 'Paige' Bevis (Florence Pugh). Copyright: Film4. Fighting With My Family Film Comedy based on the true story of Norwich teenager Saraya-Jade Bevis, who became an internationally famous wrestler with WWE.
Film Greed. Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan). Copyright: Film4. Greed Film New film about an immoral billionaire businessman, starring Steve Coogan.
Film Happy-Go-Lucky Film Mike Leigh's Oscar-nominated comedy-drama stars Sally Hawkins as Poppy, an eternal optimist, who finds herself at odds with her misanthropic driving instructor.
Film How To Build A Girl. Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein). How To Build A Girl Film Comedy film based on Caitlin Moran's book about a smart, opinionated and overweight 16 year-old girl.
Film Old Boys. Copyright: Film4. Old Boys Film Coming of age comedy set at a boys' boarding school.
Film Orphans. Copyright: Film4. Orphans Film Black comedy following a group of siblings.
Film Peter's Friends. Peter's Friends Film
Film The Favourite. Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). The Favourite Film Olivia Colman stars as a frail Queen Anne in this film from the director of The Lobster.
Film The Festival. Image shows from L to R: Shane (Hammed Animashaun), Nick (Joe Thomas). The Festival Film Comedy about a group of friends at their first music festival.
Film The Personal History Of David Copperfield. David Copperfield (Dev Patel). Copyright: Lions Gate. The Personal History Of David Copperfield Film An adaptation of the Dickens classic directed by Armando Iannucci.

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Comedy title launches

Year Medium Genre Production
1996 TV Comedy Drama Beautiful Thing

Distributed films

Year Title
1999 Gregory's Two Girls
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Products distributed

Year Title Format
2009 Hear My Song DVD
2002 Purely Belter DVD