Ben Elton and James Acaster's stand-up specials air this week | The week's best comedy on TV, radio and streaming

Ben Elton and James Acaster's stand-up specials air this week

The week's best comedy on TV, radio and streaming

Our pick of the comedy on TV, radio and streaming this week…:

Sunday December 10

SORRY I DIDN'T KNOW: Josh Jones, Fatiha El Ghorri, Slim and Axel Blake join team leaders Chizzy Akudolu and Eddie Kadi as host Jimmy Akingbola asks questions about blackhistory ITV1, 11.05pm

Monday December 11

RICHARD OSMAN'S FESTIVE HOUSE OF GAMES: Clare Balding, Ivo Graham and Su Pollard and former rugby union player Ugo Monye test their general knowledge skills for a special festive show in Richard Osman's House of Games. BBC Two, 6pm

EVIL GENIUS WITH Russell Kane: This week, Kane is joined by Tom Allen, Kerry Godliman and Michelle De Swarte to discuss the life and times of the French fashionista Coco Chanel. Sky History 9pm

Tuesday December 12

JAMES ACASTER: COLD LASAGNE HATE MYSELF 1999: In this stand-up special, the acclaimed comedian dissects the best year of his life to date, 1999, and the worst year, 2017… including his breakdown on the Great British Bake Off.. Sky Comedy, 9pm

Wednesday December 13

BAD EDUCATION: In this musical Christmas special featuring a guest return of original star Jack Whitehall, Stephen (Layton Williams) makes an important decision about his career at Abbey Grove School with the help of ghostly friends past, present and future, while Mitchell (Charlie Wernham) takes his Die Hard obsession to the limit. Read cast interviews about the special here BBC Three, 10pm

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE AUSTEN?: Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders star as respected novelist Florence and movie star Selina, in the second series of the comedy about two sisters at war, written by David Quantick.The first series won the Writers’ Guild Award for best radio comedy and the award for Best Radio Sitcom. BBC Radio 4, 6.30pm

Thursday December 14

KEN CHENG: I CAN SCHOOL YOU:The comic follows on from his Chinese Comedian series with a new angle on the key school subjects and what he thinks we should and shouldn’t pay attention to. Lesson one, maths. BBC Radio 4, 6.30pm

Friday December 15

HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU: Kirsty Young guest hosts with comedian Phil Wang and writer and director Armando Iannucci the panellists. BBC One, 9pm

THE LAST LEG: This week, Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker are joined by Joanna Lumley, Ahir Shah and James Blunt. Channel 4, 10pm

BEN ELTON LIVE: Nearly 40 years after Ben Elton exploded into the national consciousness by hosting Channel 4's groundbreaking Saturday Live - and 15 years after his last stand-up tour - he returns to the stage. This show was recorded in 2022 at the Palace Theatre in Southend. Channel 4, 11.05pm

MAX BOYCE AT 80: The Welsh comedian is captured on stage as he celebrates 50 years in the business. He's filmed at the Pontardawe Arts Centre - which is one of the first places he ever performed as a struggling songwriter and folk singer back in the early 1970s. It was part of a circuit where he honed his craft of storytelling, learning to mix poetry, comedy and song. Joined by Eleri Sion, Max goes back to the beginning of his career and his early life in Glynneath, before his Live at Treorchy album propelled him to fame. BBC One Wales, 8pm

Saturday December 16

BLOOD ACTUALLY: A MURDER THEY HOPE MYSTERY: Sian Gibson and Johnny Vegas return as Gemma and Terry in whodunit alongside Sarah Hadland, Sherrie Hewson, Lee Mack, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Peter Davidson, Anita Dobson, Jane Horrocks, Martin Kemp, Robert Webb and many more. It’s Christmas and Gemma and Terry have hired a lovely cottage in a quaint village… but then competitors in the village Santa competition start being killed off in a host of warped and festive ways. Vegas talks about the show here Gold, 9pm

BRADLEY WALSH: MY COMEDY HEROES: The first in this wide-ranging three-part series, Bradley Walsh champions his favourite sitcoms. And he interviews the likes of Alexander Armstrong, Omid Djalili, Jo Brand, Stephen K Amos and Su Pollard to discuss his choices, which include Hi-de-Hi, Dad’s Army, Blackadder and Absolutely Fabulous. Channel 5, 9.05pm

Published: 10 Dec 2023

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