Newcomers dominate British Comedy Awards
Despite relatively small audience numbers, the BBC Three comedy Gavin & Stacey emerged as the big winner at this year’s British Comedy Awards.
The show’s writers and co-stars Ruth Jones and James Corden were also named as best newcomers in the low-key event which was not broadcast as a result of the scandal surrounding the 2005 event.
However, Gavin & Stacey, was pipped to the Best Television Comedy post by Channel 4’s Peep Show, with lead actor David Mitchell being recognised as the best actor for his portrayal of Mark Corrigan.
Picking up his prize, Mitchell admitted that the lack of a live broadcast had done little to settle his nerves, stating that he still had to make a speech in “a big room full of all the people we’ve worked with or have yet to work with.”
“The day 1,000 people in a room don’t make me panic will be a sad day,” he told the BBC.
Other winners on the night were Never Mind the Buzzcocks host Simon Amstell, stand-up star Alan Carr and Simon Pegg, while Stephen Fry took home a lifetime achievement award.