Well the British Comedy Awards event , in its 21st year, finds itself two new homes – on C4 and at the Indigo venue at the O2. About time, some might say, that it grew up a bit. And has it? Well here’s a shot of the presenters of the first award; a big Irishman with a dwarf on his shoulders. Now I happen to think Dara O’Briain is brilliant and that Warwick Davis is a hugely talented comic actor but this was as close to a visual Jim Davidson joke as I’ve seen in recent years. Mature? Not really. Bizarre? Just a little. And these weren’t the only odd things on the night.
What was Goldie Hawn really doing there as a presenter other than adding some Hollywood glamour/cosmetic surgery as she freely admitted to never having watched a single moment of any of the programmes nominated in her category? And what about the darts player Phil Taylor and diver Tom Daley. Are they big supporters of British comedy in some way (nah) or A-list draws maybe (double nah). And the blokes from Duran Duran – legends? Really? Well their milking of the moment was certainly comic. And would anybody feel inspired and honoured to be presented with an award for comedy from some kid who sings a bit called Tinchy Stryder? After 21 years this is the best the Awards can offer up? Blimey.
But I’m not a complete misery guts I hope. Jonathan Ross was on his best form as the host – cuttingly funny and ever ready to aim a few barbs around even at his sleb comedy mates. And because we all get the jokes, it hit the mark better than Ricky Gervais’s performance at the Globes I think (certainly Ross didn’t have to exit stage left for an hour to receive a bollocking from the head honcho of the BCAs). And it was amusing for Ross to poke fun at the meagre number of people who saw Gervais’s recent film, Cemetry Junction. Such fun.
Which brings me to the big winner of the night, Miranda Hart, who scooped Best New TV Comedy Show, Best Female Comedy Actress and the People’s Choice Award as Queen of Comedy for 2010. Wow! Here she is….
Great as she was on the night, I always think it’s a bit of a shame whenever there are multi-awards winners at these events. Miranda was compulsory viewing on our TV – maybe that’s a consequence of two women in the house v one man but I admit to enjoying watching it, quite a lot. But was it 3 times funnier than The Inbetweeners and infinitely better than The Trip which won nothing at these awards but which I thought was the cleverest and most innovative comedy/travelogue/cooking programme of the year. Now that deserved a mature award. Ah well. Just for the record here is a full list of the British Comedy Awards winners.
:: Best Comedy Panel Show – Would I Lie To You
:: Best Comedy Entertainment Programme – Newswipe
:: Best Comedy Entertainment Personality – Harry Hill
:: Best Male TV Comic – Michael McIntyre
:: Best Female TV Comic – Jo Brand
:: Best New TV Comedy – Miranda
:: Best Male Comedy Breakthrough Artist – John Bishop
:: Best Female Comedy Breakthrough Artist – Samantha Spiro
:: Best Sketch Show – Horrible Histories
:: Best Sitcom – The Inbetweeners
:: Best TV Comedy Actor – Peter Capaldi
:: Best TV Comedy Actress – Miranda Hart
:: Best British Comedy Performance in Film – Kayvan Novak
:: Outstanding Contribution To Comedy – Russell Brand
:: Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award – Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong
:: British Comedy Academy Lifetime Achievement – Roy Clarke
:: People’s Choice Award – Miranda Hart
I need to declare a bit of personal interest here at this stage; our company Sponosorfinder is working with the television production company which produces the National Television Awards which are scheduled to be held and broadcast next Wednesday 26th on ITV1. You can still vote at http://www.nationaltvawards.com and I hope you do it (your grandparents suffered so that you could enjoy the freedom to vote so express your choice!) and we pray that it’s a slicker affair.
Anyway more of the NTAs night next week….until then vote for your fave and make my day.