Saturday 2nd May 2020
The nation's favourite comedy channel Gold, has revealed which comedy legends have made it into the top 30 for a brand new one-off special, Britain's Greatest Comedy Character. The UKTV Original, airing on Sunday 24th May at 8pm, will see the star-studded jury battle it out as they attempt to agree on who is the country's greatest.
The jury, chaired by actor and comedian Sally Phillips, includes comedy performers Shappi Khorsandi, Nina Wadia, John Thomson, Peter Egan, Lucy Beaumont, Marcus Brigstocke and Emily Atack, writer David Quantick and critic Grace Dent.
A public vote helped shortlist a top 30 and, over the course of a three-hour show, our panel will battle it out in a heated debate to identify who should take the number one spot. Those that made the list are as follows, in alphabetical order:
- Alan Partridge
- Ali G
- Basil Fawlty
- Captain Mainwaring
- David Brent
- Del Boy
- Father Ted
- Frank Spencer
- Geraldine Granger
- Hyacinth Bucket
- Malcolm Tucker
- Margo Leadbetter
- Martin Bryce
- Mr Bean
- Mrs Brown
- Mrs Merton
- Nessa Jenkins
- Patsy Jones
- Sir Humphrey Appleby
- Victor Meldrew
Britain's Greatest Comedy Character airs on Sunday 24th May at 8pm on Gold.
For more information and interview requests, please contact:
Kelly Phelps, Publicist, UKTV
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Dedicated to celebrating the best of British comedy, Gold is the nation's favourite comedy channel.
Much-loved comedy series Only Fools and Horses and The Royle Family sit comfortably alongside a whole host of heart-warming UKTV Originals from retrospective series Saluting Dad's Army, dinnerladies diaries and How The Young Ones Changed Comedy, to the feature length comedy capers Murder on the Blackpool Express, Death on the Tyne and Dial M for Middlesbrough. Plus, UKTV Original three-part scripted series The Cockfields and Sandylands.
Gold remade three lost episodes of the comedy classic Dad's Army marking fifty years since the episodes were first broadcast and last seen. Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes was praised by critics and viewers and was one of the most-watched UKTV Originals in 2019.
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