British Comedy Awards Nominees 2013

Yes, it’s not long until the British Comedy Awards and, ahead of the official nominations reveal show on Wednesday (10:45pm), Channel 4 have announced which comedy shows and stars are up for gongs this year.

So, here are the nominations. I did toy with the idea of including my opinion on each but I knew that I’d just witter on about how great they are, so instead I’ve just highlighted my favourite in red…

Best Comedy Panel Show

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4)

Have I Got News For You (BBC1)

A League of Their Own (Sky 1 HD)

Would I Lie to You? (BBC1)

Best Comedy Entertainment Programme

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)

Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel 4)

The Last Leg (Channel 4)

The Graham Norton Show (BBC1)

Best Sketch Show

Horrible Histories (CBBC)

Harry & Paul (BBC2)

It’s Kevin (BBC2)

Psychobitches (Sky Arts 1)

Best Sitcom

Bad Education (BBC3)

Count Arthur Strong (BBC2)

Getting On (BBC4)

Peep Show (Channel 4)

Best New Comedy Programme

Plebs (ITV2)

Cuckoo (BBC3)

Count Arthur Strong (BBC2)

Psychobitches (Sky Arts 1)

Best Male Television Comic

David Mitchell

Jon Richardson

Lee Mack

James Corden

Best Female Television Comic

Nina Conti

Miranda Hart

Sarah Millican

Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc

Best Comedy Entertainment Personality

Adam Hills

Graham Norton

Alan Carr

Ant & Dec

Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist

Adam Hills (The Last Leg)

Steve Delaney (Count Arthur Strong)

Jonny Sweet (Chickens)

Tom Basden (Plebs)

Best TV Comedy Actor

Greg Davies (Cuckoo)

David Mitchell (Peep Show)

Jack Whitehall (Fresh Meat)

Kevin Eldon (It’s Kevin)

Best TV Comedy Actress

Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat)

Miranda Hart (Miranda)

Jo Brand (Getting On)

Vicki Pepperdine (Getting On)

King/Queen Of Comedy

This is the only award which is voted for by the public. The numbers to vote for each contender are below and will close during the live ceremony. To vote from a mobile, call 6 50 58 and then add the number of your favourite. To vote from a landline, call 09020 50 58 and then add the number of your favourite.

 Alan Carr (01)

David Mitchell (02)

Graham Norton (03)

Jack Whitehall (04)

Lee Mack (05)

Sarah Millican (06)

Well there we go – those are the nominees. I would have liked to have seen a comedy-drama category as I think there have been some fantastic examples in the last twelve months (Last Tango in Halifax, Mount Pleasant, Stella, The Wrong Mans, etc.) which sadly will not get a look-in – and were often funnier than some of the shows nominated. There are some brilliant shows and performers in the running, though, and I look forward to finding out who the panel of judges/public have chosen to be the winner.

Image courtesy of Channel 4 and Dave King

The British Comedy Awards Nominations Show, narrated by the reigning King of Comedy, Jack Whitehall, is on Wednesday at 10:45pm on Channel 4

The ceremony itself is on live next Thursday (12th December) at 9:00pm on Channel 4

What do you think of this year’s nominees? Who are you backing? Feel free to comment below or tweet me –@UKTVReviewer

You can also see what’s coming up on TV in the coming week on this blog, published every Saturday at midnight.

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