BBC Entertainment viewers across Europe and the Middle East have awarded cult classic ‘Blackadder’ the ultimate accolade of ‘Favourite British Comedy’.
Faced with tough competition from a choice of 30 funny favourites, which included the critically acclaimed classic Fawlty Towers and BAFTA award-winning Little Britain, viewers cast over a thousand votes via www.bbcentertainment.com between 3rd November – 9th December 2012 to determine the Comedy Countdown top ten.
Commenting on the victory, Tony Robinson, who plays Baldrrick in Blackadder said: “Baldrrick is over the moon about our receiving this prestigious title. However he believes something more tangible than mere words would be in order, and suggests that you purchase a large turnip, carve his initials on it and send it to him ℅ Blackadder and Blackadder, Bankers to the Queen, Mayfair. Thank you."
Competition was fierce with less than 3.9% between the top three, but only one could take the crown! The top ten programmes as chosen by viewers were revealed on BBC Entertainment in a special week of programming. Topping the vote with a comedy blaze of glory and culminating in a special double bill yesterday, Blackadder was awarded the honourable title of ‘Favourite British Comedy’ with 12.2% of the vote.
The top ten in full as voted for by viewers were:
- My Family
- Fawlty Towers
- Keeping Up Appearances
- Allo Allo
- Little Britain
- Gavin & Stacey
- As Time Goes By
- One Foot In The Grave
- 2 Point 4 Children
Tune in to BBC Entertainment this January and February to find a host of other comedy greats coming up from the home of British Comedy including Come Fly with Me, Friday Night Dinner and Live at the Apollo.
Fly With Me
From flight crew to check-in, and from paparazzi to passengers, Matt Lucas and David Walliams play almost 50 characters in a gloriously magnificent mock-documentary set in an airport terminal. In this eagerly anticipated return to television screens since achieving worldwide success with Little Britain, Matt and David now turn their attention to the people who work and pass through airports. The two stars draw on every aspect of airport life to create an amazing array of richly comic characters, supported by award-winning costume and make-up teams and shot on location at Britain's airports.
Friday Night Dinner
For the Goodman family, Friday night dinner is just like Sunday lunch: just take two days away, add on an extra course and you've pretty much got it. Adam and his brother, Jonny, view Friday night dinner as a necessary annoyance. Necessary because they get fed, and annoying because, well, they have to spend the evening with Mum and Dad. It's not that Mum and Dad aren't wonderful. They really are. But Dad slugs ketchup straight from the bottle, Mum is obsessed with Masterchef and even Grandma likes to wear her new bikini around the house. Of course every family has its foibles but the Goodman’s have made something of an art form of theirs. Wonderfully played by an ensemble cast, Friday Night Dinner is a truly original series about growing up but not growing away.
Live at the Apollo
The popular stand-up show returns for some more cutting edge comedy from the hottest names on the comedy circuit. Live from the world famous Apollo Theatre in London, Live at the Apollo showcases new, fresh talent alongside some more established comedic talent.
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Baldrrick is over the moon about our receiving this prestigious title. However he believes something more tangible than mere words would be in order, and suggests that you purchase a large turnip, carve his initials on it and send it to him ℅ Blackadder and Blackadder, Bankers to the Queen, Mayfair. Thank you."