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Sister Den Flixter (JOANNA SCANLAN), Dr. Pippa Moore (VICKI PEPPERDINE), Nurse Kim Wilde (JO BRAND) in Getting On Sitcom in good health in the hands of Getting On's Joanna Scanlan, Vicki Pepperdine and Jo Brand, who write and star in the show

The BBC has the best laughs - at least that was the verdict at the British Comedy Awards on Thursday where it skipped off with more titles than any other broadcaster.

BBC One's Would I Lie to You?, in which contestants bluff about their deepest secrets, scored a double. It was named best comedy panel show, with team captain Lee Mack voted best male tv comic.

Nina Conti was best female tv comic for her Live at the Apollo performance on BBC One, with Miranda Hart topping the comedy actress category.

The Graham Norton Show took the comedy entertainment title, while comedy vets Harry & Paul (Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse) delivered the best sketch show.

Getting On, set in a geriatric ward and written by and starring Jo Brand, Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan, was best sitcom.

Funny women

'Brilliant to see female comedy talent scoop the big sitcom prize,' said Shane Allen, controller, comedy commissioning, 'and also delighted for Harry & Paul with their richly deserved sketch show award.

'BBC Comedy and Entertainment is in very rude health, especially when Lee Mack is at the microphone.'

There were also prizes for other performers who've been funny at the BBC at certain points in their career.

Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge) received the outstanding achievement award, Paul Whitehouse (The Fast Show) bagged the Writers' Guild of Great Britain honour, while Jack Whitehall (Bad Education) was crowned king of comedy.

'Congratulations to all the brilliant winners at last night's awards,' said Mark Linsey, controller, entertainment commissioning. 'BBC comedy/entertainment really is at the top of its game and these awards prove that.'

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