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Serious about Comedy
TV's Robin Ince.
Fridays 8.30am/10pm
10th February-28th April 2006

Robin Ince. Doesn't he look serious? Grr.
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Serious About Comedy is BBC7's weekly comedy discussion show. Each week host Robin Ince is joined by a panel of guests from the world of comedy - comics, writers, journalists - to look at what's on on TV, Radio, or commercial release that you might like to look at and laugh at.

Have you seen our heard any comedy that you'd like to tell other people about? From "you've got to see this" to "for heaven's sake, avoid that", we want to hear from you. Send us your reviews via e-mail or post them on the messageboards, and we'll read out the less sweary bits if we possibly can.

We had a competition in the first series, the first prize of which was appearing on the panel of the show. Read about the winner's experience.


Week 1 (10th February)

Guests: Natalie Haynes, Dominic Maxwell, Sue Perkins.
Reviewing: The IT Crowd (Channel 4); The Aristocrats (Pathe DVD); Chain Reaction (Radio 4).
Leicester Comedy Festival preview: Steve Bennett, talking to Geoff Rowe (Leicester Comedy Festival director), Mark Steel and Andrew Lawrence.
The week ahead: Danielle Ward.

Week 2 (17th February)
Guests: Steve Bennett, Phil Kay, Howard Read.
Reviewing: The Art of Harold Lloyd (Cinema Club DVD); Nebulous (Radio 4); Stupid (CBBC).
Leicester Comedy Festival: Geoff Rowe, Jarred Christmas, Alun Cochrane, Rhod Gilbert.
The week ahead: Jason Manford.

Week 3 (24th February)
Guests: Dick Fiddy, Stephanie Merritt, James Rawlings.
Reviewing: The Powder Room (Radio 2); Snuff Box (BBC3); The Mitchell & Webb Situation (Eureka DVD).
NFT Buster Keaton season: Geoff Andrew (programmer, NFT), Armando Iannucci, Terry Jones.
The week ahead: Tom Allen.

Week 4 (3rd March)
Guests: Neil Edmond, Julian Hall, Natalie Haynes.
Reviewing: The Burkiss Way (BBC7); May Contain Nuts (Black Swan paperback); My Family (BBC One).
Science-fiction comedy: Kevin Cecil & Andy Riley, Nev Fountain, Joss Whedon.
The week ahead: Carrie Quinlan.

Week 5 (10th March)
Guests: Stephen Armstrong, Hils Barker, Kevin Day.
Reviewing: Ideal (BBC3); King Of The Hill (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment DVD); Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show (Radio 4).
Glasgow Comedy Festival preview: Bruce Dessau talking to Linda Allen (co-ordinator, Glasgow Comedy Festival), Adam Bloom and Lucy Porter.
The week ahead: Steve Hall.

Week 6 (17th March)
Guests: Bruce Dessau, Janey Godley, Bruce Morton.
Reviewing: Maid Marian & Her Merry Men (Eureka DVD); Ayres On The Air (Radio 4); Thin Ice (BBC2).
Glasgow Comedy Festival: Linda Allen, Tommy Shepherd (Director, Glasgow Comedy Festival).
The week ahead: Kevin Bridges.

Week 7 (24th March)
Guests: Richard Herring, Jon Holmes, Dominic Maxwell.
Reviewing: John Shuttleworth's Open Mind (Radio 4); Everybody Hates Chris (Five); Nightingales (DVD).
Offensiveness discussion: Mary Kalemkerian (Head of Programmes, BBC7), David Renwick.
The week ahead: Susan Murray.

Week 8 (31st March)
Guests: Dick Fiddy, Natalie Haynes, Chris Neill.
Reviewing: Green Wing (Channel 4); A Bit Of Fry & Laurie (2|Entertain DVD); Political Animal (Radio 4).
The week ahead: Toby Hadoke.

Week 9 (7th April)
Guests: Stephen Armstrong, Laurence Howarth, Sue Perkins.
Reviewing: Robert Newman's History Of Oil (More4); The Office: An American Workplace (Universal DVD); The Lee Mack Show (Radio 2).
The week ahead: James Sherwood.

Week 10 (14th April)
Guests: Bruce Dessau, Joel Morris, Ged Parsons.
Reviewing: Bill Hicks: Sane Man (Rykodisc DVD); My Name Is Earl (Channel 4); Graham Chapman: Looks Like Another Brown Trouser Job (Rykodisc CD).
The week ahead: Nick Doody.

Week 11 (21st April)
Guests: Dominic Cavendish, Stewart Lee, Dan Tetsell.
Reviewing: No Commitments (Radio 4); Suburban Shootout (Five/Paramount Comedy 1); American Dad (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment DVD).
The week ahead: Tim Key.

Week 12 (28th April)
Guests: Ed Byrne, Stephanie Merritt, Danny Wallace.
Reviewing: Revolting People (Radio 4); Home Again (BBC One); Hoffnung At Large (BBC Audiobook).
The week ahead: Margaret Cabourn-Smith.
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