Gold to reveal Britain’s Greatest Comedian in one-off special.

Tommy Cooper was described by Jimmy Tarbuck as ‘the comedian’s comedian’.

“Celebrating Britain’s best-loved comedy is central to what we do on Gold, so we’re really excited to see who the viewers and our judging panel think should take the top spot. With so many incredible home-grown performers to choose from, it’s not going be easy!” – Gerald Casey, channel director for Gold

The nation’s favourite comedy channel from UKTV – Gold – is set to countdown Britain’s top funny people in a brand new one-off special. The UKTV Original Britain’s Greatest Comedian will whittle down a plethora of Britain’s brilliant comics from past and present to find the definitive top 30.

Members of the public will be able to vote for their favourites, with the final order decided by a comedy jury consisting of famous comedians, performers, actors, producers and experts. With a rich history of comedy legends such as Tommy Cooper, Bob Monkhouse, Victoria Wood, Eric Morecambe, Dawn French, Peter Kay and many, many more, the battle for the number one spot is going to be fierce.

Victoria Wood is a much-missed comedy writer and performer.

Bob Monkhouse became one of Britain’s best-known game show hosts, but comedy was his first love.

Britain’s Greatest Comedian is produced by Crook Productions and will air later this year on Gold, alongside David Jason: Planes, Trains & Automobiles and the much-anticipated Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes.

The Dad’s Army remakes will star Kevin R. McNally, Robert Bathurst, Bernard Cribbins, Kevin Eldon, Mathew Horne, David Hayman and Tom Rosenthal. The episodes are being re-made not out of choice, but due to the BBC destroying the original tapes after the original airing in the 1960s, a practice commonplace at the time due to videotape being expensive and space to store such programmes also costly.

McNally will be heading up the platoon as Captain Mainwaring, with Bathurst following suit as Sergeant Wilson and acting legend Cribbins stepping into the role of mild-mannered Private Godfrey. Eldon will try not to panic as Lance Corporal Jones, whilst Horne reports for duty as Private Walker, Hayman as Private Frazer and Rosenthal as Pike.

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 “We’ve almost come to blows just discussing this in the office. It’s a tough job, but by the end of the show we will have a definitive answer. However, if Les Dawson isn’t in the top ten, I’ll be livid.” –  Iain Coyle, head of comedy entertainment, UKTV

Eric Morecambe became a household name along with comedy partner Ernie Wise.

Ken Dodd was one of the last music hall style comedy greats.


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