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24 great comedy shows that deserve more love

13 November 2014 3:37 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We asked Den Of Geek’s writers to recommend brilliant comedy shows that deserve to have more of a fuss made about them. Here they are...

Banging a drum about stuff we love is more or less our remit on Den Of Geek - hence what many readers have started referring to as the ‘inexplicably regular' appearance of Statham, squirrels and Harold Bishop from Neighbours on these pages.

To that end then, we asked our writers which comedy shows (past and present, UK or otherwise, on TV, radio, or online…) deserved more praise, and here are the ones they chose. You might already like them too, or you might discover something new to dig out and enjoy. That’s the fun of it.

Please note that this list isn’t ranked in any order, nor is it exhaustive. It’s compiled from the opinions of a group of different people, »

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Pat Sharp teams with Dave Benson-Phillips for Pointless Celebrities

25 July 2014 7:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The lineup for this year's Pointless Celebrities series has been announced by BBC One.

Beginning with an August 9 comedy special, the upcoming series will feature different themes each week.

Four teams of two from the world of music, TV, soaps, sport, food and drink, journalism, radio and theatre will compete for charity in weekly specials to air on Saturday evenings on BBC One.

The first show pits Lesley Joseph and Linda Robson from Birds of a Feather against Ronni Ancona and Phil Cornwell, Su Pollard and Ruth Madoc, and Josh Widdicombe and his partner Sara Pascoe.

Standout teams from the series include Stefan Dennis and fellow Neighbours star Rebekah Elmaloglou, who will square off against Ray Quinn and Louis Emerick from Brookside.

Antony Costa from Blue will team with 5ive's Scott Robinson in the music special, while TV stars Louie Spence and Carol McGiffin will face off against the likes »

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Gary Lineker, Adrian Chiles to front football specials on Dave

10 April 2014 4:03 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Gary Lineker and Adrian Chiles are to feature in upcoming football specials on Dave.

Three new programmes will air in the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup, which will both celebrate and mock the history of the England team.

England's Top 19 Footy Heroes, England's Top 53 Footy Goals and England's Top 39 Footy Gaffes will feature several sports pundits and comedians including Alex Brooker, Tom Rosenthal and Phil Cornwell.

Sport stars Ian Wright, Lee Dixon, Jim Rosenthal, Michael Vaughan and Didi Hamann will also look back at England's best and worst moments.

Jason Manford will narrate the three-hour-long specials, to air in May.

UKTV Commissioning Editor Iain Coyle said: "This rich mix of talking heads and brilliant clips met with sporting heroes and comedians will be a great build-up to the World Cup and remind audiences why we all bask in the love/hate relationship with the England football team."

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Meet 'Alan Partridge' TV Spot | Exclusive

28 February 2014 11:43 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In Alan Partridge (code name: Alpha Papa), Steve Coogan returns to play one his most popular characters from early in his career, Alan Patridge, the famous local radio DJ/ one time talk show host. In celebration of its release on VOD and iTunes as we head into the weekend, we have an exclusive TV spot from this hilarious comedy. Watch as Alpha Papa ever-so gracefully handles his own hostage situation.

Alan Partridge comes to theaters April 4th, 2014 and stars Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Sean Pertwee, Anna Maxwell Martin, Jessica Knappet, Darren Boyd, Phil Cornwell, Nigel Lindsay. The film is directed by Declan Lowney. »

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Spitting Image is 30: Looking back at the satirical puppet classic

26 February 2014 2:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's been a whopping 30 years since Spitting Image first hit our screens on ITV in 1984. The satirical puppet show quickly became one of the most-watched shows of the 1980s and early 1990s.

I wasn't able to fully appreciate the series when it was first on TV. When I watched it in the early '90s as a child, I found it funny mainly because of the silly puppets, even if I didn't quite understand what was going on. But in retrospective viewings, it still holds up as a genuinely hilarious satire of politics, entertainment, sport and general UK culture of the era.

It's quite incredible to think that Spitting Image hasn't been on air since 1996. To put that into perspective, the Spice Girls had only just been unleashed, Tony Blair hadn't been elected yet, and Lorde had only just been born.

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Second Alan Partridge Trailer Starring Steve Coogan

3 February 2014 12:27 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following a successful release in the U.K. last year, American audiences will get their first taste of Alan Partridge on the big screen this spring. Magnolia Pictures has released the second domestic trailer and a new poster for this comedy, which stars Steve Coogan as the title character, an iconic TV and radio broadcaster who is put in the middle of a violent siege when a disgruntled DJ (Colm Meaney) takes over his radio station. Take a look at the latest footage before this British comedy hits theaters nationwide on April 4.

Alan Partridge has had many ups and downs in his life. National television broadcaster. Responsible for killing a guest on live TV. Local radio broadcaster. A nervous breakdown in Dundee. His self-published book, 'Bouncing Back', subsequently remaindered and pulped. The Alan Partridge movie portrays the events of the greatest low-to-high-ebb spectrum in his life to date - specifically »

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Flickering Myth's Top Ten Movies of 2013

1 January 2014 1:51 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With 2013 coming to an end in just a few short hours, it's that time of year where the the team here at Flickering Myth to reveal our picks for the very best cinematic offerings of the past twelve months.

As usual, the writing team here have put together individual lists of their personal favourites, which we've used to compile our overall selection for the Top Ten Movies of 2013. However, unlike previous years, we've made a slight change this time around; with most of our writers being UK based, we've always used UK release dates as the basis for our list, meaning that films from the previous calendar year have often made the cut.

This is something we've debated at length, and this time around our we've decided to go with UK release dates once again, but omitting 2012 movies from the final top ten (although you can see how that list »

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