Just so you all know what you should, or should not have been watching in 2010, have a look below at the winners and losers from the british comedy awards for 2010.
These are not my particular choices but those voted for at the awards by public vote.
Let us know dear Diablog readers, who you would have voted for.
Best New British TV Sitcom 2010
A low-energy improvised trip around the Lake District, Lancashire, and the Yorkshire Dales with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing versions of themselves. It doesn’t sound like the format for a hit sitcom, and split commentators on our message board fairly evenly down the love it/hate it line, but it grabbed the popular vote for best new TV sitcom of the year.
Worst New British TV Sitcom 2010
Originating online as a series of short mockumentary episodes, Trinny & Susannah: From Boom To Bust evidently didn’t transfer well for a TV audience. We thought that the duo displayed surprisingly well-tuned comic timing, but Channel 4’s broadcast of the highlights of their web series doesn’t appear to have impressed many others.
Best Returning British TV Sitcom 2010
The seventh series of this cult sitcom finished just before voting opened, and clearly delighted many. With a general consensus that any perceived drop in quality around Series 5 has since been rectified, the low-rating Channel 4 show evidently remains massively popular with its fans. Two further series have been commissioned by the channel, but the first is unlikely to enter production until early 2012.
Worst Returning British TV Sitcom 2010
Despite the clear dislike for teen sitcom Coming Of Age amongst comedy enthusiasts, the show remains very popular with its target audience; it is clear, however, that not many of them visit The British Comedy Guide, as the show gained most ‘worst’ votes in the poll. However, the loud, crude and rude humour that characterised Series 1 and 2 has been significantly toned down for the forthcoming third series. But will that be enough to save it from the same ‘Worst’ accolade for 2011…?
Best British Radio Sitcom 2010
2010 was definitely a good year for master gagsmith Milton Jones. Thanks to appearances on shows like Mock The Week and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, the one-line pun-merchant has shot into the mainstream, and the public love him. He’s been writing and performing Another Case Of Milton Jones on Radio 4 since 2005, but he’s shot to the top with Series 4 this year.
Best British TV Sketch Show 2010
Despite eliciting disappointment amongst our message board regulars in comparison to its previous series, the latest series of That Mitchell And Webb Look snatches the Best TV Sketch Show award for 2010. It was an incredibly close fight against The Armstrong & Miller Show right up until polling ended, but the Peep Show stars sneaked ahead to take the crown.
Worst British TV Sketch Show 2010
Whole forests have been destroyed so that publications from The Sun to The Guardian, The Daily Mail and everything inbetween can write angry things about Frankie Boyle’s stand-up and sketch show. It certainly was right on the edge of acceptability in many areas, and voters have made it clear that it was, overall, the 2010 TV sketch show that they enjoyed the least.
Best British Radio Sketch Show 2010
With her comedy star rising, will Sarah Millican regret her imminent move to daytime TV? Despite increasing popularity on the stand-up scene, the comic has signed up to be one of ITV’s Loose Women. This radio show, in which sketches were fitted around her agony aunt character, came out top of our sketch show poll. Let’s hope she can take time away from the ITV stools to write and record a second series in 2011.
Best British TV Panel Show 2010
Brain-box panel show QI has won this award three times previously – and it comes out top of the voting again in 2010. It’s true that the show’s started to receive a bit of criticism of late, but its position in the vote shows that there are still more than enough fans around, and that the most high-brow of comedy can become a big success.
Worst British TV Panel Show 2010
It’ll be back for a fifth series next month, but Celebrity Juice fans and visitors to The British Comedy Guide seem to be two largely separate demographics as, for the second year in a row, Keith Lemon’s (Leigh Francis) raucous panel show got the most negative votes in this category.
Best British Radio Panel Show 2010
Despite the change of host, Radio 4’s self-styled antidote to panel games continues to please audiences. It’s now well into its 54th series and with such popularity shows no sign of slowing.
The Unbelievable Truth and The News Quiz, two other perennial Radio 4 panel shows, also picked up respectable numbers of votes in this category.
Best British TV Entertainment Show 2010
This is a new category for 2010, in which the increasing number of stand-up and general entertainment shows were put forward to the public vote. Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe special, rounding-up 2010 on TV, and a second series of the popular variant Newswipe, in which he mercilessly dissects television news coverage, grabbed a win for the acerbic commentator.
Worst British TV Entertainment Show 2010
After every main World Cup football match in the summer, James Corden came on telly to broadcast live to the nation. A bold format idea, but it turned out to be a bit of a shouty shambles and clearly failed to win over voters in this category.
Best British Radio Entertainment Show 2010
Dawn French and Jennfier Saunders reunited to present a series of entertainment shows for Radio 2 over the Christmas period. Their mix of light-hearted banter, comedy guests and records certainly seems to have been a winning combination based on the votes.
Best British TV Comedy Drama 2010
Comedy drama is tricky to get right: most programmes in this genre normally just fail to be funny enough. However, Misfits, written by Howard Overman, has been getting great ratings for E4 thanks to its mix of comedy and zippy storylines – and it takes away the award for Comedy Drama this year.
Worst British TV Comedy Drama 2010
After 7 series, it seems viewers are bored of Channel 4’s Shameless. Has the channel become overly-reliant on the Manchester-based comedy drama? The voting in our poll certainly suggests so, and with a stupendously long 22-episode Series 8 now on air, could it pick up the same ‘award’ in 2011 as well?
Worst Comedy Of The Year 2010
There really was quite a bit of hate for Frankie Boyle this year. Controversial jokes such as those involving Katie Price’s disabled son, along with his use of “the ‘n’ word” and similarly contentious language, certainly had the potential to alienate him.
On a less sensitive level, some of his sketches were criticised for being long, drawn-out and boring; we actually felt that the show did have some redeeming features and that there were plenty of stronger contenders for the worst comedy of 2010, but in the voters’ minds Tramadol Nights was the worst of the worst, and picked up this ultimate of anti-accolades.
Comedy Of The Year 2010
At the end of the voting process, we asked voters to select what was the overall best comedy of the year. Many people opted for Peep Show or The Inbetweeners, but more selected Miranda than anything else.
Miranda Hart’s sitcom is certainly a big success story – its family-friendly storylines, joyful atmosphere and use of techniques such as addressing the camera directly have all worked to establish a big fan-base, and as word-of-mouth spread, ratings rocketed, comfortably passing the 4 million viewers mark for the Christmas-themed episode 6 – absolutely massive ratings for a BBC Two sitcom. With a third series having just been confirmed and interest from BBC One, the future looks very bright indeed for Miranda. Congratulations to all involved.