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Miranda up for four comedy gongs

Miranda Hart
Image caption Hart won the 2009 comedy performance prize at the Royal Television Society awards

Miranda Hart and Harry Hill are leading the nominations for this year's British Comedy Awards.

BBC Two sitcom Miranda is up for best new British TV comedy and best sitcom, while Hart is nominated for best comedy actress and the people's choice award.

Harry Hill's TV Burp is nominated for best comedy entertainment programme.

Hill is also up for best comedy personality, best male comic and the people's choice award. The winners will be announced on 22 January.

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly - Ant and Dec - are also up for the people's choice prize, six years after they were wrongly awarded it.

In 2005, the comedy duo were given the trophy, voted for by the public, but it should have gone to Catherine Tate.

An investigation into ITV's use of premium rate phone lines later found that ceremony organisers had promised Robbie Williams he could present a prize to Ant and Dec to guarantee his attendance.

Transmission of the show was suspended while the probe took place.

The pair later returned the award, and legitimately won it the following year.

David Mitchell and Michael McIntyre are also in the running for this year's prize, and will also take on Hill in the best male comic category.

Jo Brand, Sarah Millican and Shappi Khorsandi are nominated for best female comic.

A children's comedy show has been nominated for the first time, with CBBC's Horrible Histories up for best sketch show alongside Harry and Paul and The Armstrong and Miller Show.

This year's ceremony will be held at the O2 Arena in London and will be hosted by Jonathan Ross.

It will be aired on Channel 4 for the first time after being previously screened on ITV.

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