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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, »
Frank Skinner is to return to host Room 101's fifteenth series.
The comedian, who has presented the comedy show since 2012, will host a new eight part series for BBC One.
"Another series and another opportunity to study the Great British tradition of moaning from close quarters, with me as the whinge-commander," Skinner said. "I think it's refreshing to know that even the rich and famous have something to complain about."
Celebrity Squares is one of those classic game shows - so we were very excited to hear it was coming back with Warwick Davis as the host! The show starts tonight (September 10), but we couldn't wait that long, so we snuck into the studios in London for a little look at the (very fancy) set. While we were down there, we grabbed Warwick in between filming two episodes and he told us what we need to know about the return of Celebrity Squares...
1. It's not just as simple as noughts and crosses.
"It's quite an exciting and fun game with the blocking... It does get quite intense. There's a lot of money to play for, mystery squares with prizes in. Our final game involves listing things associated with something that celebrity is associated with, so we just had a round with Lucy Pargeter, and the contestant had to name contestants »
Football, football, football. It's all anybody is going to bang on about for the next month. Or at least until England get knocked out on penalties anyway.
However, even for those who don't care for the delights of 22 men running around hoofing a ball and rolling around like pansies, there is something to enjoy tonight. The World Cup Opening Ceremony.
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With Jennifer Lopez booked to perform, and the promise of an extraordinary samba festival, the party in Sao Paulo promises to be great entertainment.
If nothing else, we can also enjoy chuckling at Adrian Chiles bumbling »
The duo will be resident celebrities in the programme, and will take a place in one of the squares for each episode.
Celebrity Squares, which will be hosted by Warwick Davis, sees celebrities sitting in squares and contestants deciding whether or not they agree or disagree with their answer to a question.
If they get it correct they win the square, with the first contestant to get three boxes in a line winning the round.
Details of the famous faces joining Vine and Wilkinson in the squares have not yet been revealed, but ITV's Elaine Bedell promised some "great celebrities".
Meanwhile, the show's producer Bob Massie said: "We're thrilled to have the talented Tim Vine and Joe Wilkinson as our resident comedians on Celebrity Squares. Joining host Warwick Davis, their irreverent »
ITV's murder mystery drama Broadchurch is leading the field in the Royal Television Society Programme Awards nominations with a quartet of nods.
With 19 nominations, Channel 4 had more than any other broadcaster in the shortlists published on Tuesday. BBC1 had 12 nominations with seven for BBC2, eclipsed by 10 (across all its channels) for BSkyB. ITV bagged 15 nominations, with four for ITV2.
Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is nominated for best drama writer (along with Dennis Kelly for Utopia and Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan for Run, both on Channel 4) with the ITV show also in the running for best drama serial, »
- John Plunkett
ITV thriller Broadchurch leads the nominations for this year's Royal Television Society Programme Awards.
The ceremony, hosted by Tim Vine, will be held on March 18 at Grosvenor House and honours excellence across all genres of television programming.
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is up for Entertainment, »
Blandings: BBC One, 6.30pm
Jennifer Saunders and Tim Vine star in this brand new series of the hilarious period comedy. Based on the stories by PG Wodehouse, Blandings is perfect family viewing. Tonight's season two premiere focuses on the obnoxious Duke of Dunstable coming to stay, causing all manner of mayhem. However, the Duke turns out to be the least of Clarence's problems when he discovers his house guest has a dastardly plan to get him out of the way! Harry Enfield and Mathew Baynton guest star.
Call The Midwife: BBC One, 8pm
The medical drama continues tonight with the nuns and midwives preparing a surprise jubilee celebration to mark 50 years since Sister Evangelina took her vows. However, a face from the past threatens to ruin the party. Elsewhere, new nurse Patsy becomes an instant hit with the midwives and when a pregnant young woman with Down's syndrome is brought in feeling unwell, »
The comic starred in the BBC One sitcom between 2006 and 2012, but did not return for its sixth series in 2013.
Vine told Digital Spy that he "really enjoyed" his time on the Lee Mack comedy and still watches it "whenever it is on".
"I just felt like I didn't want to do it forever," he said. "It is nice to keep moving - move with the times and all that."
Vine will star as Beach the butler in series two of BBC One's Blandings, which begins on Sunday, February 16 at 6.30pm.
"Blandings is a perfect example, because it was a period piece," he explained. "I thought, 'I would love to do something like that' which is why I was pleased when it came up."
Not Going Out is expected to air its seventh series later in 2014.
Tim Vine joins »
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Slapstick Festival, Bristol
With Buster Keaton back in cinemas (The General is on reissue and there's a retrospective at London's BFI), it's a good time to brush up on silent comedy, and this festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary, has done much to spread the word, or maybe the subtitle. This year Charlie Chaplin takes his turn in the spotlight and marks the 100th anniversary of his Little Tramp incarnation, with Omid Djalili introducing an orchestra-backed screening of City Lights at Colston Hall on Friday. The seen-it-all crowd will be more intrigued by celebrations of forgotten stars such as Constance Talmadge, Raymond Griffith and Max Davidson. More up to date, Tim Vine explains why he loves Benny Hill (Watershed, 26 Jan), and Phill Jupitus asks Paul McGann and Ralph Brown about the making of Withnail & I (Bristol Old Vic, 26 Jan).
Various venues, »
- Steve Rose
10 items from 2014
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