Gold reveals Britain's Greatest Comedian list

Wednesday 1st May 2019, 2:59pm

  • The shortlist of 30 comedians due to appear in Britain's Greatest Comedian have been revealed
  • The three hour programme will be broadcast on Gold on Sunday 26th May
Britain's Greatest Comedian. Image shows from L to R: John Thomson, Roy Hudd, Darren Harriott, Ronni Ancona, David Quantick, Sally Phillips, Boyd Hilton, Nina Wadia, Stephen Mangan. Copyright: Crook Productions.

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

The one-off special is due to be broadcast on Sunday 26th May at 8pm, and will see a jury - chaired by Sally Phillips and featuring Stephen Mangan, Nina Wadia, John Thomson, Ronni Ancona, Darren Harriott, David Quantick, Boyd Hilton and Roy Hudd - debating who should take the top spot.

A public vote, which was run earlier in the year, helped provide the jurors with the shortlist of 30. Those that made the list are as follows, in alphabetical order:

Caroline Aherne

Dave Allen

Rowan Atkinson

Bill Bailey

Ronnie Barker

Sacha Baron Cohen

Jo Brand

Kathy Burke

John Cleese

Billy Connolly

Steve Coogan

Tommy Cooper

Ken Dodd

Lee Evans

Micky Flanagan

Dawn French

Ricky Gervais

Eddie Izzard

Peter Kay

Stan Laurel

Stewart Lee

Sir Lenny Henry

Lee Mack

Rik Mayall

Michael McIntyre

Spike Milligan

Eric Morecambe

Jennifer Saunders

Peter Sellers

Victoria Wood

Gold says: "Over the course of the three-hour show, the panel debate and discuss the merits of each comedian and their contribution to British comedy before deciding which order they should be in. Accompanied by archive clips of their finest and funniest moments and mini-biographies to support each argument, the fight for number one is fierce!"

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