Thursday 24 January 2019
The nation's favourite comedy channel, Gold is set to countdown Britain's top funny people in a brand new one-off special. The UKTV Original Britain's Greatest Comedian (1x180'), will whittle down a plethora of Britain's brilliant comics from past and present to find the definitive top 30.
Members of the public will be able to vote for their favourites, with the final order decided by a comedy jury consisting of famous comedians, performers, actors, producers and experts. With a rich history of comedy legends such as Tommy Cooper, Bob Monkhouse, Victoria Wood, Eric Morecambe, Dawn French, Peter Kay and many, many more, the battle for the number one spot is going to be fierce.
Britain's Greatest Comedian is produced by Crook Productions, commissioned by Iain Coyle, head of comedy entertainment and ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning and Steve North, genre general manager of comedy and entertainment. The special is executive produced by Matt Crook and Adam Mclean.
Iain Coyle said:
We've almost come to blows just discussing this in the office. It's a tough job, but by the end of the show we will have a definitive answer. However, if Les Dawson isn't in the top ten, I'll be livid.
Gerald Casey, channel director for Gold, said:
Celebrating Britain's best-loved comedy is central to what we do on Gold, so we're really excited to see who the viewers and our judging panel think should take the top spot. With so many incredible home-grown performers to choose from, it's not going be easy!
Matt Crook said:
We're thrilled to be working with Iain and Gold on Britain's Greatest Comedian. It's a very exciting poll that's guaranteed to get people debating at work, at home and down the pub. We've genuinely no idea who the Great British public and Gold viewers will crown as Britain's Greatest Comedian.
Britain's Greatest Comedian will air later this year on Gold, alongside David Jason: Planes, Trains & Automobiles and the much-anticipated Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes.
To vote, please visit goldchannel.co.uk/vote
For more information, please contact:
Kelly Phelps, Publicist, UKTV
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