British Comedy Awards

9:00pm Saturday, January 22 on C4

Before a room of comedic greats, Jonathan Ross reveals the winners from the 13 categories including the new gold award that will crown the King or Queen of Comedy 2010, as voted by the public. Plus there are more new categories with a greater focus on celebrating the country’s best comedy performers. In addition to Best Comic Actor & Actress, and Best Comedy Entertainment Personality, there will be recognition of the Best Male & Female TV Comic for the first time ever. And as always a gang of A-List guests will keep the winners and audience on their toes. Lauren Laverne and Rick Edwards host the British Comedy Awards: Live Lock-In on E4 straight after the Awards air on 4.

10:05pm Saturday, January 15 on C4

Tune in to find out first all the official nominees in each category of this year’s British Comedy Awards .The show includes some of the greatest comedy clips from 2010 as well as interviews with the biggest names in comedy. Guests reveal who they think deserve to take home the gongs the following Saturday night when Jonathan Ross presents the big live event. The show also launches a new category which is voted for by the public – The People’s Choice Award for the King or Queen of Comedy 2010. The five nominees are revealed for the first time, before voting lines open.

Jonathan Ross has been locked for hosting duties of the 2010 British Comedy Awards.

The awards ceremony, which was previously airing on ITV before Channel 4 scored it from them, will be broadcast live this year with Ross running the show.

“The British Comedy Awards is, in my opinion, the most exciting, entertaining and challenging award show on British TV.”Ross said.

He added he is “delighted” to be hosting the ceremony.

Shane Allen, head of comedy at Channel 4 said: “The British Comedy Awards is a national institution, and Jonathan Ross is an enormous part of what makes it such a consistently must-watch event. We’re thrilled that he will host our reinvigorated coverage.”

Source: Digital Spy

The British Comedy awards is off to a new home called Channel 4 after living at ITV for 20 years.

It makes sense really as Channel 4 is more of a natural home for comedy compared to ITV which, lets be honest, hasn’t provided us with an intentional laugh for some years (Harry Hill excluded).

Unique Television, who own the British Comedy Awards, have signed a three-year deal with Channel 4 that will expand the awards beyond the live show and commit the broadcaster to helping growing grass roots comedy, report the Guardian.

Julian Bellamy, Channel 4 head, said: “From The Inbetweeners and Peep Show, to our Comedy Labs and Showcases – we’re passionate about comedy at Channel 4, and have a long heritage of supporting and developing new talent in this arena.”

Mike Brosnan from Unique Television added: “After 20 great years with ITV, the time is right for the awards to grow beyond a once-a-year event into a brand which will support comedy across all platforms from the grass roots up.”

Paul Pascoe, Unique Television chief executive officer, said: “We’re sincerely sad to be leaving ITV, we’ve had a lot of fun. But it seems a more natural fit for the British Comedy Awards at Channel 4.”

An ITV spokesman said: “Michael Hurll brought the British Comedy Awards to ITV in 1990 where it gained a reputation as annual comedy showcase, although obviously not without some very controversial moments along the way. Now in its 21st year, the event’s current producers have decided to take the BCA to Channel 4 and we wish it every success in its new home.”

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