The Mighty Boosh
The Mighty Boosh is a British comedy troupe featuring comedians Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. Developed from three stage shows and a six-episode radio series, it has since spanned a total of 20 television episodes for BBC Three which aired from 2004 to 2007, two live tours of the UK, as well as two live shows in the United States; the first television series is set in a zoo operated by Bob Fossil, the second in a flat and the third in a secondhand shop in Dalston called Nabootique. Various members of The Mighty Boosh have appeared in a number of different comedy series including Nathan Barley, Snuff Box and Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, regular Boosh collaborators included Richard Ayoade and Matt Berry; the troupe is named after a childhood hairstyle of co-star Michael Fielding. Fielding first met Barratt after seeing him perform his solo stand-up routine at the Hellfire Comedy Club in the Wycombe Swan Theatre, in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire; the pair soon found that they shared comic interests, formed a double act, "decided to be the new Goodies".
After their first performance together at a bar, De Hems, in London in April 1998, Barratt and Fielding developed their zookeeper characters – Howard Moon and Vince Noir – in a series of sketches for Paramount Comedy’s Unnatural Acts. Here they met American Rich Fulcher, who became Bob Fossil. Fielding’s friend Dave Brown and Fielding's brother Michael became regular collaborators. Richard Ayoade was another original cast member, playing adventurer Dixon Bainbridge, but Matt Berry replaced him in the first television series, since Ayoade was under contract with Channel 4. Ayoade returned in the third series as a belligerent shaman named Saboo. Noel Fielding and Michael Fielding have each separately stated that the name "Mighty Boosh" was a phrase used by a friend of Michael's to describe the hair that Michael had as a child; the Boosh produced 3 stage shows – The Mighty Boosh, Arctic Boosh and Autoboosh – all of which were taken to the Edinburgh Fringe. With the success of Autoboosh, a radio series was commissioned by the BBC.
Produced by Danny Wallace, The Boosh was first broadcast in 2001 on BBC London Live transferring to BBC Radio 4, from which the team were given a half-hour television pilot of the same name. The first 8-part series, directed by Paul King, was commissioned for BBC Three and broadcast in 2004, with a second of 6 episodes the next year; the second series moved away from the zoo setting to show Howard, Naboo the shaman and Bollo the talking ape living in a flat in Dalston. In 2006, the Boosh returned to theatre with The Mighty Boosh Live, which featured a new story entitled "The Ruby of Kukundu". After two years away from television, the Boosh returned in November 2007. Set in Naboo’s second-hand shop below the flat, the third series drew 1 million viewers with its first episode, in light of its success, BBC Three broadcast an entire night of The Mighty Boosh on 22 March 2008, which included a new documentary and 6 of Barratt and Fielding's favourite episodes from all 3 series. J. G. Quintel has said that The Mighty Boosh was a large influence on his animated series Regular Show.
In June 2013, it was confirmed that The Mighty Boosh would reunite for a US festival called Festival Supreme in October 2013. Julian Barratt as Howard Moon Noel Fielding as Vince Noir Michael Fielding as Naboo Dave Brown as Bollo Rich Fulcher as Bob FossilNote: The cast members play smaller roles throughout the series, the roles listed above are their most appearing characters. For a full list of characters, see the List of The Mighty Boosh characters; the Boosh consisting of only Barratt and Fielding, conceived The Mighty Boosh whilst working on Stewart Lee's Edinburgh Festival show King Dong vs. Moby Dick in which they played a giant penis and a whale respectively. In 1998, they took The Mighty Boosh to the Edinburgh Festival, recruiting fellow comedian Rich Fulcher, whom the pair had met while working on Unnatural Acts; the show won the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer. During their residency at North London's Hen and Chickens Theatre the following year, they built up a cult following, introducing new characters whilst developing old ones.
In 1999, the Boosh returned to the Edinburgh Festival with a new show, Arctic Boosh, with Dave Brown acting as choreographer and photographer, as well as playing a variety of characters. Arctic Boosh was nominated for the Perrier Award; the show was directed by Stewart Lee. In 2000, the Boosh premiered their third stage show, Autoboosh, at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, adding Fielding's younger brother Michael to the cast. Autoboosh won the festival's Barry Award; the Boosh returned to the stage in 2006. Though drawing from their earlier material, the main story combined these elements into a new narrative. A recording of this show at the Brixton Academy was released on DVD, before being broadcast on BBC Three on Boxing Day, 2007; the Boosh toured the UK and Ireland for a second time from September 2008 to February 2009. The show featured characters from all three series as well as the Boosh Band, they made appearances throughout the UK after their live shows, at after-parties held in different places in each city.
The events were called "Outrage", after the catchphrase by Tony Harrison. From the success of Autoboosh, the BBC commissioned a six-part radio series for the Boosh. In October 2001 The Boosh radio series, produced by Danny Wallace, was broadcast on BBC London Live BBC Radio 4, on BBC 7; the show focuses on the adventures of a pair of zookeepers at "Bob Fossil's Funworld": awkward, jazz enthusiast Howard TJ Moon, ultra-vain, fashion-obsessed Vi
Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called "the Doctor", an extraterrestrial being, to all appearances human, from the planet Gallifrey; the Doctor explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. Accompanied by a number of companions, the Doctor combats a variety of foes while working to save civilisations and help people in need; the show is a significant part of British popular culture, elsewhere it has gained a cult following. It has influenced generations of British television professionals, many of whom grew up watching the series; the programme ran from 1963 to 1989. There was an unsuccessful attempt to revive regular production in 1996 with a backdoor pilot, in the form of a television film titled Doctor Who; the programme was relaunched in 2005, since has been produced in-house by BBC Wales in Cardiff.
Doctor Who has spawned numerous spin-offs, including comic books, novels, audio dramas, the television series Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, K-9, Class, has been the subject of many parodies and references in popular culture. Thirteen actors have headlined the series as the Doctor; the transition from one actor to another is written into the plot of the show with the concept of regeneration into a new incarnation, a plot device in which a Time Lord "transforms" into a new body when the current one is too badly harmed to heal normally. Each actor's portrayal is unique. Together, they form a single lifetime with a single narrative; the time-travelling feature of the plot means that different incarnations of the Doctor meet. The Doctor is portrayed by Jodie Whittaker, who took on the role after Peter Capaldi's exit in the 2017 Christmas special "Twice Upon a Time". Doctor Who follows the adventures of the title character, a rogue Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who goes by the name "the Doctor".
The Doctor fled Gallifrey in a stolen TARDIS, a time machine that travels by materialising into and dematerialising out of the time vortex. The TARDIS has a vast interior but appears smaller on the outside, is equipped with a "chameleon circuit" intended to make the machine take on the appearance of local objects as a disguise. Across time and space, the Doctor's many incarnations find events that pique their curiosity and try to prevent evil forces from harming innocent people or changing history, using only ingenuity and minimal resources, such as the versatile sonic screwdriver; the Doctor travels alone and brings one or more companions to share these adventures. These companions are humans, owing to the Doctor's fascination with planet Earth, which leads to frequent collaborations with the international military task force UNIT when the Earth is threatened; the Doctor is centuries old and, as a Time Lord, has the ability to regenerate in case of mortal damage to the body, taking on a new appearance and personality.
The Doctor has gained numerous reoccurring enemies during their travels, including the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Master, another renegade Time Lord. Doctor Who first appeared on BBC TV at 17:16:20 GMT on Saturday, 23 November 1963, it was to be each episode 25 minutes of transmission length. Discussions and plans for the programme had been in progress for a year; the head of drama Sydney Newman was responsible for developing the programme, with the first format document for the series being written by Newman along with the head of the script department Donald Wilson and staff writer C. E. Webber. Writer Anthony Coburn, story editor David Whitaker and initial producer Verity Lambert heavily contributed to the development of the series; the programme was intended to appeal to a family audience as an educational programme using time travel as a means to explore scientific ideas and famous moments in history. On 31 July 1963, Whitaker commissioned Terry Nation to write a story under the title The Mutants.
As written, the Daleks and Thals were the victims of an alien neutron bomb attack but Nation dropped the aliens and made the Daleks the aggressors. When the script was presented to Newman and Wilson it was rejected as the programme was not permitted to contain any "bug-eyed monsters". According to producer Verity Lambert. We had a bit of a crisis of confidence. Had we had anything else ready we would have made that." Nation's script became the second Doctor. The serial introduced the eponymous aliens that would become the series' most popular monsters, was responsible for the BBC's first merchandising boom; the BBC drama department's serials division produced the programme for 26 seasons, broadcast on BBC 1. Falling viewing numbers, a decline in the public perception of the show and a less-prominent transmission slot saw production suspended in 1989 by Jonathan Powell, controller of BBC 1. Although it was cancelled with the decision not to commission a planned 27th season, which would have been broadcast in 1990, the BBC affirmed, over several ye
BBC One is the first and principal television channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. It was launched on 2 November 1936 as the BBC Television Service, was the world's first regular television service with a high level of image resolution, it was renamed BBC TV in 1960, using this name until the launch of the second BBC channel BBC2 in 1964, whereupon the BBC TV channel became known as BBC1, with the current spelling adopted in 1997. The channel's annual budget for 2012–13 was £1.14 billion. The channel is funded by the television licence fee together with the BBC's other domestic television stations, shows uninterrupted programming without commercial advertising, it is the most watched television channel in the United Kingdom, ahead of its traditional rival for ratings leadership, ITV. As of June 2013 the channel controller for BBC One was Charlotte Moore, who succeeded Danny Cohen as an Acting Controller from May 2013; the BBC began its own regular television programming from the basement of Broadcasting House, London, on 22 August 1932.
The BBC Television Service began regular broadcasts on 2 November 1936 from a converted wing of the Alexandra Palace in London. On 1 September 1939, two days before Britain declared war on Germany, the station was taken off air with little warning, with one of the last programmes to be shown before the suspension of the service being a Mickey Mouse cartoon. BBC Television returned on 7 June 1946 at 15:00. Jasmine Bligh, one of the original announcers, made the first announcement, saying, "Good afternoon everybody. How are you? Do you remember me, Jasmine Bligh?". The Mickey Mouse cartoon of 1939 was repeated twenty minutes later; the BBC held a statutory monopoly on television broadcasting in the United Kingdom until the first Independent Television station began to broadcast on 22 September 1955, when ITV started broadcasting. The competition forced the channel to change its identity and priorities following a large reduction in its audience; the 1962 Pilkington Report on the future of broadcasting noticed this, that ITV lacked any serious programming.
It therefore decided that Britain's third television station should be awarded to the BBC. The station, renamed BBC TV in 1960, became BBC1 when BBC2 was launched on 20 April 1964 transmitting an incompatible 625-line image on UHF; the only way to receive all channels was to use a complex "dual-standard" 405- and 625-line, VHF and UHF, with both a VHF and a UHF aerial. Old 405-line-only sets became obsolete in 1985, when transmission in the standard ended, although standards converters have become available for enthusiasts who collect and restore such TVs. BBC1 was based at the purpose-built BBC Television Centre at White City, London between 1960 and 2013. Television News continued to use Alexandra Palace as its base—by early 1968 it had converted one of its studios to colour—before moving to new purpose-built facilities at Television Centre on 20 September 1969. In the weeks leading up to 15 November 1969, BBC1 unofficially transmitted the occasional programme in its new colour system, to test it.
At midnight on 15 November with ITV and two years after BBC2, BBC1 began 625-line PAL colour programming on UHF with a broadcast of a concert by Petula Clark. Colour transmissions could be received on monochrome 625-line sets until the end of analogue broadcasting. In terms of audience share, the most successful period for BBC1 was under Bryan Cowgill between 1973 and 1977, when the channel achieved an average audience share of 45%; this period is still regarded by many as a golden age of the BBC's output, with the BBC achieving a high standard across its entire range of series, plays, light entertainment and documentaries. On 30 December 1980, the BBC announced their intention to introduce a new breakfast television service to compete with TV-am; the BBC stated it would start broadcasting before TV-am, but made clear their hands were tied until November 1981 when the new licence fee income became available, to help finance extending broadcast hours, with the hope of starting in 1982. On 17 January 1983, the first edition of Breakfast Time was shown on BBC1, becoming the first UK wide breakfast television service and continued to lead in the ratings until 1984.
In 1984, Bill Cotton become managing director of Television at the BBC, set about overhauling BBC1, slated for poor home grown shows, its heavy reliance on US imports, with Dallas and The Thorn Birds being BBC1's highest rated programmes and ratings being over 20% behind ITV. Cotton recruited Michael Grade to become Controller of BBC1, the first time the Corporation had recruited someone outside of the BBC, replacing Alan Hart, criticised for his lack of knowledge in general entertainment, as he was head of BBC Sport prior to 1981; the first major overhaul was to axe the unpopular Sixty Minutes current affairs programme: this was a replacement for the news and magazine show Nationwide. Its replacement was the BBC Six O'Clock News, a straight new programme in a bid to shore up its failing early evening slot, it was believed the BBC were planning to cut short the evening news and move more light entertainment programming in from the 18:20 slot, but this was dismissed. The Miss Great Britain contest was dropped, being described as verging on the too offensive after the January 1985 contest, with Worlds Strongest Man and International Superstar being axed.
BBC1 was relaunched on 18 February 1985 with a new look, new programming including Wogan, EastEnders and a revised schedule to help streamline and maintain viewers thr
Morecambe is a coastal town on Morecambe Bay in Lancashire, which had a population of 34,768 at the 2011 Census. The first use of the name was by John Whitaker in his History of Manchester, when he refers to the æstury of Moricambe, it next appears four years in Antiquities of Furness, where the bay is described as "the Bay of Morecambe". That name is derived from the Roman name shown on maps prepared for them by Claudius Ptolemœus from his original Greek maps. At this distance in time it is impossible to say if the name was derived from an earlier language or from Greek; the Latin version describes the fourth inlet north from Wales on the west coast of England as Moriancabris Æsturis. Translated, this gives a more accurate description than the present name of Morecambe Bay as the Latin refers to multiple estuaries on a curved sea, not a bay, as the word sinus or gulf would have been used; the name appeared in March 1862 on a steam locomotive built for the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway, which could indicate it was in unofficial use for the area.
It was not until 1889 that the necessary legislation was passed to name the area Morecambe, comprising the hamlets of Poulton and Torrisholme. In 1894, the Urban District Council was formed, thus freeing Morecambe from its governance by the Borough of Lancaster until 1974 when Lancaster again took charge. Before the creation of Morecambe, Poulton acquired two suffixes, "le Sands" and "on Sands"; the reason for these additions stems from the dearth of names of townships in earlier times with the same name recurring over again. In the days before free movement of people, this was not so important; as travel became easier through first the turnpikes and the railways, it became necessary to differentiate between the various towns with the same name, hence the additions. On 3 August 1928, the name changed again when the Corporation of Morecambe amalgamated with Heysham Urban District Council to form the Municipal Borough of Morecambe and Heysham. In 1846, the Morecambe Harbour and Railway Company was formed to build a harbour on Morecambe Bay, close to the fishing village of Poulton-le-Sands and a connecting railway.
By 1850, the railway linked to Skipton and Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire, a settlement began to grow around the harbour and railway to service the port and as a seaside resort. The settlement expanded to absorb the villages of Bare and Torrisholme; the settlement started to be referred to as "Morecambe" after the harbour and railway. In 1889, the new name was adopted. Morecambe was a thriving seaside resort in the mid-20th century. While the resort of Blackpool attracted holiday-makers predominantly from the Lancashire mill towns, Morecambe had more visitors from Yorkshire and Scotland. Mill workers from Bradford and further afield in West Yorkshire would holiday at Morecambe, with some retiring there; this gave Morecambe the nickname "Bradford on Sea". Between 1956 and 1989, it was the home of the Miss Great Britain beauty contest. Morecambe suffered a decades-long decline after a series of incidents that damaged tourism and the local economy. Two piers were lost: West End Pier was washed away in a storm in November 1977, the remnants were demolished in 1978.
In 1994, The World of Crinkley Bottom attraction in Happy Mount Park closed only thirteen weeks after opening. The ensuing Blobbygate scandal led to a legal battle between Lancaster City Council and TV star Noel Edmonds; the closures of Bubbles, Morecambe's swimming pool, the Frontierland fairground soon followed. Concern over the decline of Morecambe's West End led to investment in the area; the Times and the Daily Telegraph ran features on Morecambe's revival around Easter 2006. After falling into abeyance in the mid-1980s, the Miss Morecambe beauty contest was revived in 2006 by Margee Ltd, a local fashion store founded in 1933 – the same year that the second Midland Hotel opened. Morecambe was selected by the RNLI as the location for its first active life-saving hovercraft. H-002 "The Hurley Flyer", which became operational on 23 December 2002, was housed in a temporary garage next to the Yacht Club until a permanent building could be designed and built. Work on the latter began in 2008, it opened on 12 June 2010.
On 5 February 2004, there was a major loss of life in Morecambe Bay when Chinese immigrant shellfish harvesters were drowned. In December 2017 a local general practitioner and community health activist claimed that children in Morecambe were suffering from malnourishment and implied that cases of rickets had been observed as a consequence; the Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group subsequently sought to correct the GP's claims and clarified the aetiology of vitamin D deficiency in the local population, explaining "rickets is a rare condition and has multiple causes". Enoch Powell made a speech in Morecambe on 11 October 1968 on the economy, setting out alternative, radical free-market policies that would be called the Morecambe Budget. Powell used the financial year 1968–69 to show how income tax could be halved from 8s 3d to 4s 3d in the pound and how capital gains tax and Selective Employment Tax could be abolished without reducing expenditure on defence or the social services; these tax cuts required a saving of £2,855 million, this would be funded by eradicating losses in the nationalised industries and denationalising the profit-making state concern
QI is a British comedy panel game television quiz show created and co-produced by John Lloyd, features permanent panellist Alan Davies. Stephen Fry was host of the show from its initial pilot, before departing after the final episode of the M series in 2016, with frequent QI panellist Sandi Toksvig replacing him prior to the beginning of the N series in 2016; the format of the show focuses on Davies and three other guest panellists answering questions that are obscure, making it unlikely that the correct answer will be given. To compensate, the panellists are awarded points not only for the right answer, but for interesting ones, regardless of whether they are right or relate to the original question, while points are deducted for "answers which are not only wrong, but pathetically obvious" – answers that are believed to be true but in fact are misconceptions; these answers, referred to as "forfeits", are indicated by a loud klaxon and alarm bell, flashing lights, the incorrect answer being flashed on the video screens behind the panellists.
Bonus points are sometimes awarded or deducted for challenges or incorrect references, varying from show to show. QI has a philosophy that "everything is interesting if looked at in the right way". For its first five series shown between 2003 and 2007, which corresponded to the first five letters of the alphabet, episodes premiered on BBC Four before receiving their first analogue airing on BBC Two a week later. From 2008 and 2011, the show was moved to BBC One, with an extended-length edition of each episode broadcast on BBC Two a day or two after the regular show's broadcast under the title of QI XL. Series G and H saw the regular show broadcast in a pre-watershed slot with the extended edition remaining within a post-watershed slot. Beginning with the I series, the regular show returned to a post-watershed slot on BBC Two. Syndicated episodes of previous series are shown on UKTV G2/Dave; the show has received positive ratings from critics and has been nominated for multiple awards. Several books, DVDs and other tie-ins to the show have been released, international versions of QI have been made in other countries.
The panel consists of four participants: three rotating guests and one regular, Alan Davies, who has the seat to the immediate right of the host. Davies has appeared in every episode, although in "Divination" he was not able to appear at the studio but was still able to play "from beyond". Despite frequent wins, Davies finishes last due to incurring forfeits. Questions posed to the panellists are misleading, obscure, or difficult. Providing an "obvious but wrong" answer results in a sequence of klaxons, alarm bells, flashing lights and a score penalty. Davies is the panellist who gives these answers. In the first two series, Fry produced the given answer on a card to show the panellists, while it flashed on the large screens behind them In the third series and onward, Fry's answer cards were dispensed with altogether, leaving only the screens as proof that such answers had been predicted; because the show's creators expected that hardly anyone would be able to give a correct answer without significant prompting, they instead encourage sheer "interestingness", how points are scored.
As such, tangential discussions are encouraged, panellists are apt to branch off into frivolous conversations, give voice to trains of thought, share humorous anecdotes from their own lives. The number of points given and taken away are decided by Fry or beforehand by QI researchers known as "The QI Elves". For example, in one episode Davies was docked 10 points for suggesting "oxygen" to the question "What is the main ingredient of air?"Negative scores are common, even the victor's score may be negative. Score totals are announced at the conclusion of the show. Fry has said, "I think we all agree that nobody in this universe understands QI's scoring system." John Lloyd, QI's creator, has, on one occasion, admitted that not he has any idea how the scoring system works, but there is someone, paid to check on the scores. According to the Series A DVD, guests are allowed the right of appeal if they believe their score is wrong, but none has so far exercised that right. Panellists are given buzzers to use in signaling a response, each of which produces a different sound when pressed.
For the first three series, the sounds were random things or followed an arbitrary theme in each episode, such as heard everyday sounds in the Series C episode "Common Knowledge." From Series D onwards, all four sounds are based on the particular episode's theme, such as in the Series F episode "Films and Fame". The buzzers are always demonstrated at the beginning of the programme, but are given a shortened version for repeated use during the episode in General Ignorance. Davies "always gets the most demeaning sound" for his buzzer. Sometimes, the buzzers have unique points such as having questions based on them.
So You Think You're Funny
So You Think You're Funny? is an annual stand-up comedy competition for new acts. The competition began in 1988 in the United Kingdom; the finals are held every August at The Gilded Balloon during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Past winners include Lee Mack, Peter Kay and David O'Doherty. So You Think You’re Funny was the idea of Karen Koren, Artistic Director of The Gilded Balloon, in order to discover new comic talent. During the years it has developed into the most influential competition of its kind in the UK, helping start the careers of many of the country’s leading comedians including Dylan Moran, Lee Mack, Graham Norton, David O’Doherty and Tommy Tiernan. Other competitors have included Ardal O'Hanlon, Johnny Vegas, Ed Byrne, Jason Byrne, Alex Zane, Reginald D Hunter, Craig Hill, Alan Carr, Rhod Gilbert, Andrew Lawrence and Russell Howard. Sponsorship from Channel 4 began in 1993 and ran until 2004, since when Channel 5 and The Paramount Comedy Channel have been sponsors. Now sponsored by Foster’s, the first prize is £5000 and a place in the Best of British Show at the Montreal "Just For Laughs" Festival.
Past judges have included Steve Coogan, Owen O’Neill, Avid Merrion, Bob Mortimer and former So You Think You're Funny winners Dylan Moran and Rhona Cameron. Comperes for the evening have included Bill Bailey, Graham Norton and Jo Brand; the competition spun a teenagers version entitled "Class Clowns", derived from an Australian format of the same name, staged at the Gilded Balloon for the first time in 2015. Judged by Jo Brand, Kevin Day and Karen Koren, the first Fringe winner was Joe Gardner; the rules and eligibility are as follows: "1. The performer cannot have performed stand up REGULARLY either paid or unpaid before 1st June of the year prior to the competition. * 2. The performer should not have appeared in So You Think You're Funny? before. 3. The performer’s material must be original. 4. The performer must have at least 8 minutes of original material. 5. The organisers reserve the right to select all entrants and decisions taken by the organisers and judges are final. 6. All entrants must be aged 18 and over.
This means you can have performed, either paid or unpaid before June 2013, but not regularly. So a handful of gigs well spaced out, once or twice, every couple of months is fine, but performing two times a week is too many; the exception to this is those who have performed as part of a recognised comedy course in this period." The competition starts in the spring of each year with showcases in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and Nottingham as well as ten comedy clubs in London. In 2013, there were over 500 applicants for only 55 places in the Edinburgh heats; each showcase is not a direct competition, with judges instead selecting the best acts they have seen over the entire run to take part in one of seven heats at the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. Winners of each of these heats go forward to the final. Results: Danny Garnell Liam Farrelly Bec Melrose Joe Hobbs Martin Durchov Natalie Loh Chelsea Birkby Patrick Healy Shane CliffordMC Zoe Lyons Comedy Guest Judge: Rhod Gilbert Results: Maisie Adam Sarah Mann Morgan Rees Robin Allender Kirsten Brown Jamie D'Souza Archie Henderson Esther Manito Eric Rushton Amira SaiedMC: Aisling Bea Results: Heidi Regan Ruth Hunter Danielle Walker Harriet Braine Kelly Convey Sophie Henderson Jamie M Stuart McPherson Arielle SoumaMC Zoe Lyons Comedy Guest Judge: Alan Davies Results: Luca Cupani Yuriko Kotani Ed Night Ben Pope Yumna Mohamed Neil O'Rourke Matilda Wnek Red Richardson Stephen Lawson AJ RobertsMC: Zoe Lyons Comedy Guest Judge: Mark Watson Results: Aidan Strangeman Elliot Steel Joe Hart Mark Daniels Jim Smith Benji Waterstones Christopher MacArthur-Boyd Eshaan Akbar Gary MeikleMC: Zoe Lyons Comedy Guest Judge: Jason ManfordSponsor: Foster's Results: Edward Hedges Demi Lardner Laura Mclenaghan Andrew McBurney Nicky Wilkinson Tom Taylor Alasdair Beckett King Russ Peers Jenny CollierMC: Zoe Lyons Comedy Guest Judge: Sarah MillicanSponsor: Foster's Results: Aisling Bea Jonathon Pelham Murdo Haggs Wayne Mazadza Ingrid Dahle Nick Dixon Amir Khoshsokhan Glenn Moore Conor NevilleMC: Jason Cook Comedy Guest Judge: Ruby WaxSponsor: Foster's Results: Tommy Rowson Dayne Rathbone Lucy Beaumont Fern Brady Andy Clarke Darren Connell Stuart Hossack Alex Kealy Nicola Mantalios-LovettMC: Jarred ChristmasComedy Guest Judge: Lee MackSponsor: The Sims 3 Results: James Allenby-Kirk Liam Williams Rob Beckett Laura Carr Alex Clissold-Jones Pete Dobbing Romesh Ranganathan Matt Richardson Chris TurnerMC: Rufus HoundComedy Guest Judge: Tim Minchin Results: Ivo Graham Kevin Shevlin Naz Osmanoglu Richard Bowen Robin Buckland Jim Campbell Kai Humphries Mark Simmons Winston SmithMC: Lee MackComedy Guest Judge: Tim Vine Results: Daniel Simonsen Seann Walsh Doc Brown Gearoid Farrelly John Gavin Sara Pascoe Richard Perry Ahir Shah Daniel Sloss Josh Widdicombe Results: Richard Sandling Ben Davis Joanne Lau Carl Hutchison James Marsh Gar Murran Daniel Rigby Jack Whitehall Toby Whithouse Results: Wes Packer Hannah Gadsby Ginger & Black Alan Bennett Caroline Clifford Marlon Davis Raph Shirley Holly Walsh Andrew Watts Results: Tom Allen Sarah Millican Joe Wilkinson Charlie Ba