Writing awards for Jo Brand and Susan Calman | A tight 5: November 14

Writing awards for Jo Brand and Susan Calman

A tight 5: November 14

JO BRAND and Susan Calman were honoured at the Writers' Guild Of Great Britain Awards last night. Brand and her Getting On co-writers Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan took home the award for TV comedy, ahead of fellow nominee Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain for Fresh Meat and Stefan Golaszewski for Him and Her. Calman won the radio award for her stand-up show Susan Calman is Convicted, over Fags, Mags & Bags, written by Sanjeev Kohli and Donald McLeary, and Meet David Sedaris.

BARKING IN ESSEX, the West End play starring Lee Evans, has been nominated for The Best Night Out award at the London Evening Standard Awards - the only category on the night to be decided by public vote. But it's a crowded category with a total of 10 shows shortlisted, included Book Of Mormon, The Ladykillers and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

SHIRLEY MITCHELL, who was believed to be the last surviving adult cast member from classic sitcom I Love Lucy, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 94. She played Lucille Ball's friend Marion Strong in three episodes of thes 1950s sitcom. Former child star Richard Keith, who played Little Ricky, in 24 episodes, is now thought to be the show's only surviving cast regular.

AMERICA's FXX network has unexpectedly cancelled its late-note talk show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, in the middle of its second season. The comedian's final episode, with Jim Norton as guest, airs tonight.

JA'MIE: Private School Girl, the latest comedy featuring Chris Lilley's Summer Heights High character, has the most successful show ever on the catch-up service of Australia's ABC network, garnering 810,000 plays in iview.

Published: 14 Nov 2013

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