Gold reveals top 30 comics for Britain’s Greatest Comedian


Wednesday 1 May 2019

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 Comedian. The UKTV Original, airing on Sunday 26th May at 8pm, will see the star-studded jury deliberate over which comic genius should take the top spot.

The jury, chaired by actor and comedian Sally Phillips, includes comedy actors Stephen Mangan, Nina Wadia, John Thomson and Ronni Ancona, stand-up Darren Harriott, comedy writer David Quantick, journalist Boyd Hilton and all-round comedy legend Roy Hudd.

A public vote helped provide the jurors with a shortlist of 30. Those that made the list are as follows, in alphabetical order:

  • Caroline Aherne
  • Dave Allen
  • Rowan Atkinson
  • Bill Bailey
  • Ronnie Barker
  • Sacha Baron-Cohen
  • Jo Brand
  • Kathy Burke
  • John Cleese
  • Billy Connolly
  • Steve Coogan
  • Tommy Cooper
  • Ken Dodd
  • Lee Evans
  • Micky Flanagan
  • Dawn French
  • Ricky Gervais
  • Eddie Izzard
  • Peter Kay
  • Stan Laurel
  • Stewart Lee
  • Sir Lenny Henry
  • Lee Mack
  • Rik Mayall
  • Michael McIntyre
  • Spike Milligan
  • Eric Morecambe
  • Jennifer Saunders
  • Peter Sellers
  • Victoria Wood

Over the course of the three-hour show, the panel debate and discuss the merits of each comedian and their contribution to British comedy before deciding which order they should be in. Accompanied by archive clips of their finest and funniest moments and mini-biographies to support each argument, the fight for number one is fierce!

Britain's Greatest Comedian airs on Sunday 26th May at 8pm on Gold.

#BritainsGreatestComedian | @goldchannel



For more information and interview requests, please contact:
Kelly Phelps, Publicist, UKTV

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