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Radio comedies vie for Sony Award

An unknown comedian has been shortlisted for the biggest prize in radio comedy – alongside the likes of Paul Whitehouse, Mark Thomas and Mitchell and Webb – with her first ever show.

Miriam Elia landed a six-part series on digital channel BBC 7 after winning the corporation’s Witty And Twisted competition last year, which sought new writers for radio.

Now her show A Series of Psychotic Episodes has been nominated for the prestigious Sony Award for radio comedy.

Also shortlisted are the Radio 4 shows Down The Line, starring Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson, Mark Thomas: My Life in Serious Organised Crime and That Mitchell and Webb Sound.

The list is completed by Fags, Mags and Bags, the six-part sitcom set in a corner shop and created by Karen Dunbar writers Sanjeev Kohli and Donald McLeary.

In other categories, Manchester comedian Toby Hadoke is up for best drama for his show Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf; while Russell Brand is nominated for best entertainment award.

Hadoke said: 'I think I now know where Cloud 9 is.'

The winners will be announced in London on May 12.

Elia, 25,is also graphic designer, and was a finalist in Channel 4’s Gags To Go short film competition with Cockface, which was about an alcoholic robotic rabbit. Here it is:

Cockface

Published: 10 Apr 2008

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