Axed Shows Triumph at the British Comedy Awards
Recently axed shows by the BBC came out on top during this year's British Comedy Awards on Channel 4. The awards ceremony was broadcast live from London and was hosted by Jonathan Ross. Axed shows such as Shooting Stars and Psychoville took home awards, as well as comediannes Miranda Hart and Victoria Wood.
We recently reported that surreal comedy panel show Shooting Stars was to be axed by the BBC. However, it was victorious in Friday night's British Comedy Awards when it was voted as the best comedy panel show. Bob Mortimer, when accepting the award, sarcastically said, "Thank you to the BBC." Another recently axed show Psychoville picked up the award for best comedy drama.
An unlikely guest at the awards ceremony was Business Secretary Vince Cable who presented the best comedy actor award. He attempted a bit of political 'comedy':
"He (David Cameron) wanted to stop me from coming on the show but Nick Clegg put his foot down and said 'you're only the Prime Minister, you are only allowed one veto a month'."
Female comic Miranda Hart had been nominated for four awards and came away with one for the best comedy actress for the second year running. She said she was "shell-shocked" to win and had not prepared anything to say in her acceptance speech. Hart said instead of partying the night away, she wanted to "get home as quickly as possible, put the kettle on and get in my onesie".
Veteran comedian Victoria Wood commented on the night's events: "This is usually a really crummy event, but it's been much better tonight, I think."
However, host Jonathan Ross was less enthusiastic. Through his Twitter account (@wossy), he wrote: "Comedy Awards felt rather too much like hard work tonight.
"But love that Sarah Millican and Fresh Meat and Psychoville got awards!"
Alan Carr replied to this with: "you did an amazing job love – audience were a bit too cool for school."
One thing noticably missing from the awards ceremony was a tribute to those, in comedy, who have passed away in the last year. Figures such as David Croft and John Sullivan were not mentioned during the live show. Ross said through Twitter that he will be having words; presumably with the bosses of the British Comedy Awards.
Here is the full list of winners:
Best new comedy programme – Fresh Meat, Channel 4
Best comedy entertainment programme – Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, BBC
Best sketch show – Horrible Histories, CBBC
Best comedy panel show – Shooting Stars, BBC
Best sitcom – Twenty Twelve, BBC
Best comedy drama – Psychoville, BBC
Best comedy entertainment personality – Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show, BBC
Best TV comedy actor – Darren Boyd, Spy, Sky
Best TV comedy actress – Miranda Hart, Miranda, BBC
Best comedy breakthrough artist – Dan Skinner, Shooting Stars, BBC
Best male television comic – Stewart Lee, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, BBC
Best female television comic – Victoria Wood, Victoria Wood's Angina Monologues, Sky
The Writers' Guild of Great Britain award – Armando Iannucci
The British Comedy Academy outstanding achievement award – The Inbetweeners
The British Comedy Academy lifetime achievement award – Have I Got News For You
The Channel 4 award for special contribution to comedy – Lee Evans
The official website for the British Comedy Awards can be seen here