Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Stars up for British Comedy Awards

Jonathan Ross is set to host the British Comedy Awards

Viewers will choose the country's favourite comedian at the British Comedy Awards.

Geordie duo Ant and Dec have been nominated along with Michael McIntyre, Harry Hill, Miranda Hart and David Mitchell for the People's Choice Award for the King or Queen of Comedy.

The winner, decided by phone vote, will be announced at the ceremony at the O2 in Greenwich, south-east London.

This year sees the first ever nomination for a children's comedy show, with CBBC's Horrible Histories shortlisted in the Sketch Show category.

Hart and Hill lead the pack with four nominations each, while Sarah Millican is up for the Best Female Comic and Best Female Comedy Breakthrough Artist awards.

New categories at the ceremony, hosted by Jonathan Ross, include Best Comic Actor and Actress and Best Comedy Entertainment Personality.

Ross has been the long-standing face of the show, which is transferring from ITV to Channel 4 after 20 years in a three-year deal.

He said: "The British Comedy Awards is, in my opinion, the most exciting, entertaining and challenging award show on British TV. I'm delighted that Channel 4 want me to carry on hosting it."

The event has attracted its fair share of scandal over the years, including gags which have backfired as well as the voting controversy.

Channel 4 has promised to bring the ceremony "bang up to date, reinvigorating the brand and reverting to a live broadcast, injecting spontaneity, excitement and edge into the new-look awards show".

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