Comedy Awards honour axed shows

Gongs for Shooting Stars, Psychoville

Several shows axed by the BBC have been honoured at the British Comedy Awards.

Psychoville was named best comedy-drama and Shooting Stars best panel show.

And Stewart Lee - whose Comedy Vehicle is currently in limbo awaiting news of a third series - was named best television comic, while the show won best entertainment programme.

Picking up his Writers Guild award, Armando Iannucci called on the BBC to recommision the show.

Miranda Hart - whose show had been nominated for four awards - won best comedy actress for the second year in a row. But Friday Night Dinner, which also had four nominations, went away empty-handed.

The viewers' award for queen or king of comedy went to Sarah Millican, while one of the biggest surprises was BBC Olympics comedy Twenty Twelve scooping best sitcom.

The full list of winners is:

Best new comedy programme: Fresh Meat, Channel 4
Best comedy entertainment programme: Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, BBC
Best sketch show: Horrible Histories, CBBC
Best comedy panel show: Shooting Stars, BBC
Best sitcom: Twenty Twelve, BBC
Best comedy drama: Psychoville, BBC
Best comedy entertainment personality: Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show, BBC
Best TV comedy actor: Darren Boyd, Spy, Sky
Best TV comedy actress: Miranda Hart, Miranda, BBC
Best comedy breakthrough artist: Dan Skinner, Shooting Stars, BBC
Best male television comic: Stewart Lee, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, BBC
Best female television comic: Victoria Wood, Victoria Wood's Angina Monologues, Sky
The Writers' Guild of Great Britain award: Armando Iannucci
The British Comedy Academy outstanding achievement award: The Inbetweeners
The British Comedy Academy lifetime achievement award: Have I Got News For You
The Channel 4 award for special contribution to comedy: Lee Evans

Published: 17 Dec 2011

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