Alan Partridge named Britain's best comedy character

Monday 25th May 2020, 7:44am

  • Alan Partridge came top of the list on the TV show Britain's Greatest Comedy Character
  • The judging panel put Del Boy in second place, David Brent in third, and Blackadder in fourth
  • Basil Fawlty, Fleabag, Rick from The Young Ones, Fletcher from Porridge and Victor Meldrew also placed highly
I'm Alan Partridge. Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan). Copyright: Talkback Productions.

Alan Partridge, the character played by Steve Coogan across various TV shows, radio programmes and films, has been named the country's best comedy character by the programme Britain's Greatest Comedy Character.

The programme - which aired Sunday night on Gold - took a list of 30 characters determined by a public poll, and then asked a celebrity panel to order them. Sally Phillips chaired the discussion, with the panel also featuring Shappi Khorsandi, Nina Wadia, John Thomson, Peter Egan, Lucy Beaumont, Marcus Brigstocke, Emily Atack, David Quantick and Grace Dent. The full results were...

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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