A festive edition of Matt Lucas's comedy awards ceremony, where comedians nominate awards to be handed out in daft categories. Tonight's nominators are Jo Brand, Alan Davies and Rhod Gilbert, who will determining the awards before passing over judging duties to a celebrity panel. A loose term, perhaps, as the panel comprises perky dancer Bonnie Langford, bum-chinned funnyman Ted Robbins, 80s ventriloquist Bob Carolgees and Spit the Dog, chef Jean-Christophe Novelli and former footballer David Ginola.Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 17th December 2013
England fans? Talent show singers? The list is endless...Carol Carter, Christopher Hooton and Ann Lee, Metro, 9th April 2013
Returning for a second series, The Matt Lucas Awards is continuing to give out awards for all kinds of strange categories - and sadly it's still as bad as the first series.
This opening episode featured Ardal O'Hanlon, Robert Webb and Adil Ray, giving out awards in the categories of "Least compensable UK accent", "Most miserable day of the year", and the "Hidden talent award".
I say it's as bad as the first series - there have been a few changes. The musician David Arnold is no-where to be seen, and the awards are now given out by a panel of three judges. In this episode it was three Olympic bronze medallists.
But the second series has exactly the same problems as the first. It's way too gimmicky. In fact, with the inclusion of the judges you could argue that it's become even more gimmicky. You can tell it's tacky when you see Ardal O'Hanlon trying to sing Squeeze's "Up the Junction" in a Donald Duck voice, while dressed in a Donald Duck costume.
It's a huge shame; I really enjoyed the original radio version of the show, And The Winner Is...Ian Wolf, Giggle Beats, 11th March 2013
Lined up awkwardly on Matt Lucas's sofa, Robert Webb, Adil Ray and Ardal O'Hanlon look like guests at a bad party. Despite Lucas's sharp chatter, this returning panel show, in which guests suggest award winners in categories such as "most miserable day of the year", feels clunky and slow. The highlight is the award for best hidden talent, when Adil Ray reveals an uncanny ability to recognise 1980s cars just by hearing them rev. If only the rest of the show had more vroom vroom.Emma Sturgess, Radio Times, 5th March 2013
Tonight's gongs, awarded by a trio of judges - Olympic bronze medallists Anthony Ogogo, Kate Walsh and Alex Danson - are for such achievements as Least Comprehensible UK Accent and Most Miserable Day Of The Year.Carol Carter and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro, 5th March 2013
There's something a bit odd about these spoof awards, which return for a second series. They are hosted by Matt Lucas, who awards prizes in "unrecognised comedy fields". It used to be on radio, and worked much better there; the TV format is gimmicky. Tonight's guests include Robert Webb, Ardal O'Hanlon and Adil Ray.Lara Prendergast, The Telegraph, 5th March 2013
On the opening show of the new series of The Matt Lucas Awards, Arsenal fan Lucas quips: "Let's have a listen to the old incomprehensible old sod in action!" after Fergie is nominated for the least comprehensible UK accent by Citizen Khan star Adil Ray.The Sun, 4th March 2013
He's the man behind some of the most memorable comedy characters and catchphrases of the 21st century, but for all his success, Matt Lucas remains one of the world's quietest comedy geniuses.Paul Simper, The Sun, 1st March 2013