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Britain's Best Sitcom

Britain's Best Sitcom

  • TV factual
  • BBC Two
  • 2004
  • 12 episodes (1 series)

A poll conducted in 2004 asked the public what they thought was the best sitcom produced in Britain. Presented by Jonathan Ross. Features Jonathan Ross, John Sergeant, Phill Jupitus, Jack Dee, Ulrika Jonsson and more.

Key details

Genre
Factual
Broadcast
2004
Channels
BBC Two
Episodes
12 (1 series)
Features
Jonathan Ross, John Sergeant, Phill Jupitus, Jack Dee, Ulrika Jonsson, Rowland Rivron, David Dickinson, Clarissa Dickson Wright and more
Writers
Robin Ince, Steve Punt, Lloyd Stanton, Jack Dee, Phill Jupitus, Armando Iannucci, Johnny Vaughan, Stuart Maconie and more
Directors
Andy Devonshire, Becky Martin, Garry John Hughes, Matt O'Casey, Elaine Shepherd, Stephen Franklin, Andrew Nicholson, Karina Brennan and more
Producers
Garry John Hughes, Matt O'Casey, Mark Turnbull, Verity Maidlow, Elaine Shepherd, Stephen Franklin, Gerard Barry, Andrew Nicholson and more
Companies

Following the success of two major BBC polls - 100 Greatest Britons in 2002 and The Big Read in 2003 - 2004 saw the BBC conducted a poll to find the best situation comedy produced in Britain, presented by Jonathan Ross.

After a major poll conducted during summer 2003, the first programme reveals the shows that were voted between 50 and 11. Celebrity champions then camaign for one each of the top 10, opening the vote once again to the public to determine the final results.

The sitcoms that made the top ten, in alphabetical order, were Blackadder (championed by John Sergeant), Dad's Army (Phill Jupitus), Fawlty Towers (Jack Dee), The Good Life (Ulrika Jonsson), One Foot In The Grave (Rowland Rivron), Only Fools And Horses (David Dickinson), Open All Hours (Clarissa Dickson Wright), Porridge (Johnny Vaughan), The Vicar Of Dibley (Carol Vorderman), and Yes Minister/Yes, Prime Minister (Armando Iannucci).

The top 50 sitcoms can be found here.

Additional details

Production
Studio
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
Theme tune to the series was House of Fun by Madness.

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 10th January 2004 on BBC Two

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