Britain's Greatest Comedy Character. Copyright: Crook Productions.

Britain's Greatest Comedy Character

Gold factual show about characters. 1 episode in 2020. Features Sally Phillips, Emily Atack, Lucy Beaumont, Marcus Brigstocke and others.

Britain's Greatest Comedy Character. Image shows from L to R: Shaparak Khorsandi, Peter Egan, Nina Wadia, David Quantick, Lucy Beaumont, Sally Phillips, Grace Dent, Emily Atack, Marcus Brigstocke, John Thomson. Copyright: Crook Productions.

Britain's Greatest Comedy Character

A show in which a jury pick a list of the UK's best comedy characters

Sally Phillips, Emily Atack, Lucy Beaumont, Marcus Brigstocke, Grace Dent, Peter Egan, Shaparak Khorsandi, David Quantick and others
John Adams
Victoria Thomas

A jury of comedians, actors, writers, journalists and critics battle it out under the watchful gaze of judge Sally Phillips, as they attempt to agree on who is the country's greatest comedy characters.

The shortlist was compiled by a public vote. The results the panel then picked were...

1. I'm Alan Partridge. Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan). Copyright: Talkback Productions.Alan Partridge (I'm Alan Partridge etc)

2. Only Fools And Horses. Del (David Jason).Del Boy (Only Fools And Horses)

3. The Office. David Brent (Ricky Gervais).David Brent (The Office)

4. Blackadder. Mr. Edmund Blackadder, Esquire (Rowan Atkinson).Blackadder (Blackadder)

5. Fawlty Towers. Basil Fawlty (John Cleese). Copyright: BBC.Basil Fawlty (Fawlty Towers)

6. Fleabag. Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge). Copyright: Two Brothers Pictures.Fleabag (Fleabag

7. The Young Ones. Rick (Rik Mayall). Copyright: BBC.Rick (The Young Ones)

8. Porridge. Fletcher (Ronnie Barker). Copyright: BBC.Fletcher (Porridge)

9. One Foot In The Grave. Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson). Copyright: BBC.Victor Meldrew (One Foot In The Grave)

10. Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. Frank Spencer (Michael Crawford). Copyright: BBC.Frank Spencer (Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em)

11. Dad's Army. Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe).Captain Mainwaring (Dad's Army)

12. Keeping Up Appearances. Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge).Hyacinth Bucket (Keeping Up Appearances)

13. Open All Hours. Albert Arkwright (Ronnie Barker). Copyright: BBC.Arkwright (Open All Hours)

14. Rising Damp. Rupert Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter). Copyright: Yorkshire Television.Rigsby (Rising Damp)

15. The Mrs Merton Show. Mrs Merton (Caroline Aherne). Copyright: Granada Productions.Mrs Merton (The Mrs Merton Show etc)

16. The Thick Of It. Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi). Copyright: BBC.Malcolm Tucker (The Thick Of It)

17. The Good Life. Margo Leadbetter (Penelope Keith). Copyright: BBC.Margo Leadbetter (The Good Life)

18. The Vicar Of Dibley. Geraldine Grainger (Dawn French). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.Geraldine Granger (The Vicar Of Dibley)

19. Yes Minister. Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne). Copyright: BBC.Sir Humphrey Appleby (Yes Minister etc)

20. Hancock's Half Hour. Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock (Tony Hancock). Copyright: BBC.Hancock (Hancock's Half Hour)

21. Mr. Bean. Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson).Mr Bean (Mr. Bean)

22. Miranda. Miranda (Miranda Hart). Copyright: BBC.Miranda (Miranda)

23. Da Ali G Show. Ali G (Sacha Baron Cohen).Ali G (Da Ali G Show etc)

24. Father Ted. Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.Father Ted (Father Ted)

25. Gavin & Stacey. Nessa (Ruth Jones).Nessa Jenkins (Gavin & Stacey)

26. Absolutely Fabulous. Patsy (Joanna Lumley).Patsy Stone (Absolutely Fabulous)

27. Mrs. Brown's Boys. Agnes Brown (Brendan O'Carroll).Mrs Brown (Mrs. Brown's Boys)

28. Kevin & Perry Go Large. Perry (Kathy Burke). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.Perry (Harry Enfield's Television Programme)

29. Ever Decreasing Circles. Martin Bryce (Richard Briers). Copyright: BBC.Martin Bryce (Ever Decreasing Circles)

30. Last Of The Summer Wine. William 'Compo' Simmonite (Bill Owen). Copyright: BBC.Compo (Last Of The Summer Wine)

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 24th May 2020 on Gold at 8pm
Episode length
180 minutes
Last repeat
Saturday 26th June 2021 at 11:00pm