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Isy Suttie webchat – as it happened

The author, comedian and Peep Show star joined us to answer your questions in a live webchat – from comedy to food via why she’d love to star in Batman, catch up with her answers here

2.05pm GMT

Huge thanks to Isy and to everyone who submitted questions. Until next time!

Thanks for all your questions, especially the one that suggests I could have a role in Batman. If you need touring and book information, go to isysuttie.com. I'm off to eat some Thai green chicken curry.

2.02pm GMT

SalvadorDarley asks:

If you got a dozen top lads from Matlock and I rounded up a dozen “faces” from Darley Dale, who’d win the resultant “off”?

I guess it would have to take place on Bakewell Road, halfway between Darley Dale and Matlock. And I'm going to say Matlock would win, because it's the best place in the universe.
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Isy Suttie: 'I still feel bad about throwing a pound coin at Howard Donald'

The comedian on her teenage crushes, saying goodbye to Peep Show’s Dobby, and how reading in bed is the new partying

Your memoir The Actual One is about your 20s. Are you very different now to the way you were at that time of your life?

I used to live my life in extremes: I wouldn’t just get drunk, I’d get absolutely wasted; I couldn’t just go for a walk around the block, I’d walk into the West End which would take an hour and a half. Over time, that’s smoothed itself off as I’ve become more happy.

Related: Isy Suttie webchat – post your questions now

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‘Peep Show: Series Nine’ DVD Review

If I ever had a problem with Peep Show, it is that the characters aren’t particularly nice people. They like to think they are, particularly Mark (David Mitchell) with his snobbish selfish view on life and Jeremy (Robert Webb) …who is just Jeremy. In the end for me it’s the people like Super Hans (Matt King) who end up being more likable because he knows who he is, and just doesn’t give a damn.

Peep Show is a show that is built of uncomfortable humour based on the actions of a group of idiots, with the fact that the camera angles come from the actor’s viewpoints making it a little different than usual comedy shows. We get to hear their inner thoughts and get more of an insight into their actions. Whether you like the characters or not, this does make for interesting television.

In series
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Video: Please help us battle loneliness this Christmas

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Can you help us spread a video, to let people on the wrong side of fortune know that others are on their side?

We're keenly aware that, whilst our Geeks Vs Loneliness columns on this site reach a good number of people, that there are many more people out there. People who may be having a tough time, or on the wrong side of fortune.

We're thus trying something a bit different to try and reach as many people as we can. With the help of some amazing people, who have donated their time for free, we've put together this short video. Let's show you that first, before we ask a favour of you...

Bluntly, we need your help. Can you help spread the word of this video for us? We're not, to be clear, trying to get website hits - the separate YouTube URL is below
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Peep Show: saluting a cynical, honest, brilliant sitcom

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Peep Show, now airing its final series, is packed with precise, very funny writing that reflects unflattering truths about us all…

There’s a speech in Peep Show’s series nine opener that sums up the show’s comedic focus: the gap between the face we present to the world and our inner feelings. Talking to Mark, Jeremy confronts his friend’s essential hypocrisy. “I know you, Mark,” he says, “I know you like to pretend that you’re this stuffed shirt who reads incredibly boring books about dead people killing each other with bayonets and typhoid, but I know the truth.”

That truth, gleaned from years of friendship weaponised for this coup, is that Mark Corrigan isn’t, as he pretends to be, a rarefied type fascinated by nineteenth century arts movements, but instead “a pathetic human who likes Twirls and Downton and Bond and burgers.
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First trailer for final series of Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show, starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb

The first trailer for the final series of beloved British sitcom Peep Show has landed, courtesy of The Guardian, and we have it for you below.

See Also: Peep Show final series set to start airing in November

See Also: Read our review of the Peep Show series 8 premiere

The trailer features appearances from the major members of the Peep Show cast, from stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb, to supporting players Patterson Joseph (The Leftovers) as Johnson, Matt King (Paddington) as Super Hans and Isy Suttie (Shameless) as Dobby.

Peep Show starts its final series on November 11th at 10pm on Channel 4.
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Peep Show series 9: first trailer for final run

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Peep Show returns to Channel 4 for its final series on Wednesday the 11th of November, and here's the first trailer...

Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong's mighty Peep Show is poised to air its ultimate series on Channel 4, an era-ending ninth run that will bid a final adieu to Mark and Jez, Super Hans, Dobby and co.

Can we expect the El Dude Brothers to have matured gracefully in their final outing? Will we see Jez get a proper job and settle down to a life of responsiblity, while Mark gets over his trivial obsessions and learns about the rewards of generosity?

In a word? No. By the looks of this short new trailer, which debuted exclusively at The Guardian, Jez is living in an en-suite and Mark's trying to boost his sales record by conning his best friend into financial ruin. Brilliant.

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What did Mitchell and Webb steal from the Peep Show set?

Peep Show wrapped up filming for its ninth and final series recently, and stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb helped themselves to a few mementos.

The pair – who play El Dude brothers Mark Corrigan and Jeremy Usborne on the show – revealed that they took home a few familiar items.

The Men with Ven are back! Peep Show wraps filming for final ever series

"I got Jeremy's poetry exercise book, with 'Up Yours, Bush' written on the cover," said Webb.

Mitchell added: "I had a picture from Mark's bedroom, of a Bentley. I don't know if it's ever been in shot, but it's definitely been there from the start.

"Quite often, you'd notice from one series to the next that something had been replaced by something similar. There's always a picture on the wall about bowling, but it's not remained the same picture."

Channel 4 previously announced that the last ever
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Peep Show is back on Channel 4 - one last time - from next month

The El Dude brothers are back in town, one last time, from next month.

Channel 4 has announced that the last ever series of Peep Show will begin on Wednesday, November 11 at 10pm.

The sitcom's ninth run will pick up some time after its eighth, which ended with Mark (David Mitchell) and Jeremy (Robert Webb) abandoned by Dobby (Isy Suttie) - despite both declaring their love for her.

As the final series begins, it really is the end of an era - Mark has a new flatmate and a new job working at a bank, while Jeremy has found himself some new - and rather constrictive - living quarters. When Jez turns to his old friend for a loan, Mark finally spies his chance for revenge...

All this, and the pair have to contend with a newly sober Super Hans (Matt King) - though it's unclear just how long his new health kick will last.
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10 must-watch TV shows for autumn 2015, including Luther and Marvel's Jessica Jones

You've read our first 10 shows you need to check out this autumn, right? If you haven't, go do that now.

But wait - there's more! Late 2015 is bursting with quality television, so here are some more TV gems you should check out as the evenings start to draw in...

1. The Last Panthers - Sky Atlantic

Sky Atlantic will follow up Fortitude with another ambitious original drama this autumn. A crime thriller from the pen of This Is England's Jack Thorne, The Last Panthers charts the aftermath of a daring jewel heist and has heavyweights Samantha Morton and John Hurt in the lead roles.

2. Marvel's Jessica Jones - Netflix

The follow-up to the brilliant Daredevil, this November series casts Breaking Bad standout Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones - an ex-superhero now working as a private detective. Upping the geek cred is David Tennant as Jessica's arch-nemesis, while Mike Colter will co-star
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24 great comedy shows that deserve more love

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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Toast of London, Harry and Paul lead British Comedy Awards nominations

The British Comedy Awards 2014 nominations have been revealed.

Matt Berry's Toast of London is up for six awards, while Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse's Harry and Paul's Story of the Twos has four nominations.

Berry himself has three nominations, including Best TV Comedy Actor and new category Best Internet Comedy Short.

The BBC's Would I Lie to You? receives four nominations, as team captains David Mitchell and Lee Mack find themselves both up for Best Male TV Comic.

Berry, Enfield and Whitehouse are up against The Wrong Mans' Mathew Baynton in the Best TV Comedy Actor category, while Alan Carr will need to defend his Best Comedy Entertainment Personality title from Graham Norton, Ant & Dec and Adam Hills.

This year's ceremony has introduced two new categories - Best Internet Comedy Short and Best Comedy Moment of 2014. Best Comedy Film and Best International Comedy Programme have also made a return to the line-up,
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Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled - What's the new Dave show all about?

Alan Davies has a new Dave show... but it doesn't have a title. As Yet Untitled - which begins tonight - sees the Qi star sitting down with a bunch of comedians for a bit of a natter - and the only 'format' is that they come up with a title for the episode at the end. Mainly, it's just funny, sometimes sad conversations with a bunch of interesting people... which seems novel. We caught up with Alan to find out more...

1. The guests are surrounded by audience members - but kind of forget about them.

"We're looking right at one another, so you just talk to each other really. You get the sense that the audience are very engaged with it - I think just the way it's set up, you don't get a very fidgety, restless sort of a crowd. We didn't know how it would go, but
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Alan Davies on BBC all-male panel ban: 'Why would you announce that?'

Alan Davies has hit out at the BBC's decision to announce the fact that the corporation had banned all-male talent shows.

The Qi star's new Dave show As Yet Untitled begins on Monday and will feature a woman in every episode.

"I think it's important," he said. "I feel like I've been asked it a lot in recent years. The idea that there aren't any funny women around is so outdated, if it wasn't ten years ago.

"When they're queueing up to come on here - we've had Katherine Ryan and Isy Suttie and we still havent had Sara Pascoe or Claudia O'Doherty. There's lines and lines and lines of people coming. So there will always be a woman here, maybe two, maybe three. That's the intention."

However, he criticised the BBC's move to make the all-male panel show ban public, suggesting that it puts unreasonable pressure on female guests.
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Stewart Lee, Isy Suttie, Tony Law for more Alternative Comedy Experience

The Alternative Comedy Experience is returning to Comedy Central in July.

Created by comedian Stewart Lee, the stand-up show goes both in front of and behind the curtain and features performances from some of the best cult comedy acts.

Lee said of the show: "I am delighted that Comedy Central have had the vision to bring back the connoisseurs' stand-up comedy show of choice."

The series will be 13 episodes long with performances from Bridget Christie, Tony Law, Isy Suttie, David Kay, Simon Munnery, Maeve Higgins, Josie Long, David O Doherty, Paul Foot and Henning Wehn.

There will also be a host of new names appearing on the show, some of which are making their first ever appearance on a TV stand-up series.

Filmed at Edinburgh's iconic The Stand Comedy Club in front of a live audience, the programme sees short clips of each act stripped across the series.

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Danny Cohen's panel-show gender pledge won't halt the comedy rot

The gender imbalance is a problem – but the smugness, scripted improv and stale formats are beyond satire

Enchanting comments below the line on my review of Sarah Millican the other day. "Not funny. Ugly to look at," writes one reader. That's the context, like it or not, in which we have to consider Danny Cohen's decision to ban all-male lineups on TV panel shows. Comedy can sometimes be ridiculously male – and so can the conversations that swirl around it. The idea that women might be funny in as wide a variety of ways as men simply refuses to sink in for some people. Another commenter, on Cohen's proposal, said: "Just how thinly can you spread Sandy [sic] Toksvig, Jo Brand and Sara [sic] Millican?"

Cohen's pledge is clearly a good thing, and a long time coming. I've lost count of the female standups I've interviewed who operate an informal boycott of panel shows.
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Win Alternative Comedy Experience Season 1 on DVD

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To mark the release of Alternative Comedy Experience Season 1 on 18th November, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on DVD.

This critically acclaimed series, which proved a ratings success when it first aired on Comedy Central earlier in the year, with a second season to follow in 2014, is curated by Stewart Lee and features a cast of highly individual award-winning and break-through comedians, including Tony Law, Simon Munnery, Isy Suttie, David O’Doherty, Paul Foot, Andy Zaltzman, Henning Wehn, Josie Long, Eleanor Tiernan, David Kay and Bridget Christie.

The Alternative Comedy Experience was filmed in front of a real comedy club audience at The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh, faithfully capturing the unique atmosphere of one of the UK’s favourite and longest established live comedy clubs. It showcases a mix of modern day comedians offering material possibly too clever, thoughtful, radical, satirical, strange, or downright stupid to
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Exclusive clips: Isy Suttie, Bridget Christie and more go blap!

Watch a brand-new Channel 4 online comedy series, the Alernative Comedy Memorial Society, starring Isy Suttie, Thom Tuck, Josie Long and a firmament of other comedy stars

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"Does that word have a rude origin?" asks Peep Show star Isy Suttie. "There's a word that comes from the sound of a dick hitting something. Is that blap?" Channel 4's new comedy boss Phil Clarke isn't sure either: "I was told it was a made-up word, and to 'stop asking questions, old man!'" Comedian John Luke-Roberts just thinks it's a "satisfying word to say".

Whatever its origins, it's somewhat clearer what a "blap" actually is: today, the Guardian makes exclusively available online a new batch of Channel 4's Comedy Blaps. A blap, says Clarke, is "a pilot for a pilot", a five- or six-minute shock of comedy, commissioned by the channel to road-test new talent,
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Details On Underwire Festival 2013: Celebrating Women’s Short Films In The UK

After another successful film festival last year, Underwire are returning for their 4th annual event that’s the only short film festival in the UK dedicated to showcasing the raw cinematic talents of women that runs from 19-23 November at The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick, London.

Featuring an eclectic mix of genres, themes and aesthetic styles, this year boasts 65 films across 10 competition screenings. These ten craft awards aim to recognise outstanding female film practitioners working in the UK today. This year’s festival also includes 23 dynamic events, bringing industry icons and familiar faces to our audience.

Highlights from this year?s festival include two guest programmes; Aesthetica Short Film Festival present the highlights from 2013 and Loco return with the annual event LiveWire, a night of film and live comedy, featuring the Edinburgh Fringe favourite Lou Sanders; the mysterious Miss L, creator of cult website Casting Call Woe; and the brilliant Sony Award winning stand-up,
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'Knightmare' special revival released on YouTube

Knightmare's new special episode has been released online.

The cult children's TV show has been revived as part of YouTube's Geek Week.

The new episode is produced by series creator Tim Child and features original cast members Mark Knight, Clifford Barry and Hugo Myatt.

"It's great to be back, it really is," said Barry. "It's astonishing, isn't it? I've done a lot of programmes over the years and it's still the one I get fan mail for, 20 years on."

Actress and comedian Isy Suttie - who features in the episode - added: "I'm a massive fan of the show and have been since I was a kid. I absolutely loved it and used to watch it every week and really wanted to be a contestant on it. So it is like a dream come true."

The new Knightmare was recorded in the original Knightmare Studio in Norwich.

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