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British comedy awards: worthy winners?

13 December 2012 1:41 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

There was plenty to howl about at last night's comedy awards. But while Olivia Colman and Cuckoo missed out, there were well-deserved gongs for The Thick of It, Hunderby and Reeves and Mortimer

There is no justice. That is what a lot of nominated comedians who missed out on a British comedy award last night will be thinking today, despite painting on obligatory smiles at the unusually well-behaved ceremony in London. But actually there is some justice after all. The nearest the painfully unfunny Keith Lemon/Leigh Francis got to taking home an award was when he leapt onstage and attempted to snatch somebody else's mantelpiece-bound slab from the rostrum.

Olivia Colman fans might have good reason to feel that justice took the night off. The 57 judges, drawn from journalism, TV production and performers, shortlisted Colman against herself for best comedy actress in Rev and Twenty Twelve, only for her to go home empty-handed. »

- Bruce Dessau

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British comedy awards: worthy winners?

13 December 2012 1:41 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

There was plenty to howl about at last night's comedy awards. But while Olivia Colman and Cuckoo missed out, there were well-deserved gongs for The Thick of It, Hunderby and Reeves and Mortimer

There is no justice. That is what a lot of nominated comedians who missed out on a British comedy award last night will be thinking today, despite painting on obligatory smiles at the unusually well-behaved ceremony in London. But actually there is some justice after all. The nearest the painfully unfunny Keith Lemon/Leigh Francis got to taking home an award was when he leapt onstage and attempted to snatch somebody else's mantelpiece-bound slab from the rostrum.

Olivia Colman fans might have good reason to feel that justice took the night off. The 57 judges, drawn from journalism, TV production and performers, shortlisted Colman against herself for best comedy actress in Rev and Twenty Twelve, only for her to go home empty-handed. »

- Bruce Dessau

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Twenty Twelve trumps The Thick of It in British Comedy award nominatons

3 December 2012 9:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Twenty Twelve's Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes and Olivia Colman nominated for prizes, with shows vying for best sitcom

Twenty Twelve has trumped The Thick of It at the shortlisting stage of this year's British Comedy awards, with individual nods for three of its leading actors.

The two programmes will compete for best sitcom against Sky1's Hunderby and the BBC's Rev, but the cast of John Morton's mockumentary about the buildup to the London 2012 Olympics fare better than The Thick of It's actors. Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes and Olivia Colman are all nominated for their performances in Twenty Twelve – with Colman becoming the first person to receive two nominations in a single category after being shortlisted for the BBC's Rev as well.

Meanwhile, Peter Capaldi and Rebecca Front are up for best TV comedy actor and actress respectively for The Thick of It.

Elsewhere, Harry Hill's »

- Matt Trueman

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Sarah Millican: 'I'm a nice girl – but I've got a dirty mind'

30 October 2012 4:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Sarah Millican turned the upsets in her life into material – and became one of our warmest, funniest, naughtiest comics. But, as Simon Hattenstone discovers, the Geordie standup also has her steely side

There's something wrong with Sarah Millican. She looks different. I'm unnerved. "Where are your glasses?" I say, a little louder than is necessary. "Oh, they're in my bag," she says. "D'you want us to put them on? Do they make you feel more comfortable?" She bursts out laughing. She's sitting in a room in a Soho hotel, surrounded by coffee and breakfast pastries. "Can I have one?" I say. "Course you can, love, that's what they're there for."

Millican has established herself as one of Britain's most endearing comics, with routines about blowjobs, farting in enclosed spaces and husbands who walk out never to return. She doesn't do one-liners: she tells embarrassing stories, all based on her life, »

- Simon Hattenstone

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Graham Norton's company bought by ITV in deal worth up to £17m

30 August 2012 10:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Broadcaster acquires So Television, producer of presenter's BBC1 show, in bid to beef up its programme-making business

Graham Norton's production company, So Television, has been bought by ITV in deal that could be worth up to £17m, depending on its future profits.

ITV Studios will pay £10m upfront in cash for So Television, with up to a further £7m in cash payments dependent on the company's achieving profit targets between now and 31 July 2016.

So Television, co-founded by Norton and producer Graham Stuart in 2000, makes shows including BBC1's The Graham Norton Show and BBC2's The Sarah Millican Television Programme. Norton and Stuart are likely to make more than £8m each from the deal, assuming the company hits performance targets.

ITV has been looking to buy independent producers to beef up its programme-making business as part of the five-year transformation plan drawn up by chief executive Adam Crozier and »

- Jason Deans, Mark Sweney

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ITV Acquires Graham Norton’s So Television In Potential £17M Deal

30 August 2012 9:37 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The UK’s ITV has said it wants to increase its production footprint and has recently kicked the tires of Dick Clark Productions in the process. Back at home, it’s acquiring Graham Norton and Graham Stuart’s successful comedy and entertainment producer So Television. ITV production subsidiary, ITV Studios, will pay a maximum £17M in cash for the company – a £10M cash upfront payment followed by a second transfer based on So’s profit performance to 31 July 2016. So Television is responsible for comedy talker The Graham Norton Show which runs on BBC One and was recently renewed through 2013. It also produces new comedy show The Sarah Millican Television Programme which runs on BBC Two and is prepping a second season. This is ITV’s second production company acquisition in just over a month. In July it took over Norwegian outfit Mediacircus. »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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