Can you believe that 15 years ago today, we were first introduced to Big Brother, Channel 4’s social experiment which saw strangers living in a house together for 64 days, with cameras watching their every move.
On the 9th July 2001 we were first introduced to David Brent, the general manager of Wernham Hogg, a fictitious paper company in Slough, and the role that made Ricky Gervais a household name.
He’s been there since day one, he’s an absolute EastEnders legend, and today Adam Woodyatt turns 47.
What a year 2014 has been for television…
It was a year of goodbyes as we said bye to Hayley Cropper in Corrie, Lucy Beale in EastEnders, Bruce Forsyth quit Strictly Come Dancing, Jeremy Paxman left Newsnight, Nick Hewer fired himself from The Apprentice, Dapper Laughs left as soon as he arrived.
And who could forget the very saddest of goodbyes, to those who sadly passed away in 2014 including the incredible comedy genius that was Rik Mayall, Only Fools & Horses legend Roger Lloyd Pack, loose woman and star of the OXO ads Lynda Bellingham, John Bardon aka Jim Branning in EastEnders and host of Fashion Police, Joan Rivers.
2014 was also a year for telly comebacks. Only Fools & Horses returned for a one-off sketch, Monty Python reunited for a stage show which was broadcast live on TV, Birds of a Feather flew to ITV for a brand new series, The Voice UK returned with new coaches Kylie and Ricky Wilson, The Fall returned for another gripping series, Nasty Nick returned to his ma in EastEnders, William Roache returned to play Barlow in Corrie after clearing his name and of course Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole returned to The X Factor in a bid to boost ratings.
2014 also brought us White Dee from Benefits Street but the least said about that the better I think. So, now it’s time for the I Talk Telly Awards 2014. This is where I pick my favourite actors, actresses and TV shows from the past year. There was a shorter list to choose from compared to last year which means that whilst 2013 had quantity, 2014 had quality. And I think you’d agree, quality is better than quantity.
Last night I was invited along to the British Comedy Awards for the second year in a row and it was a particularly special year for the awards as they celebrated their 25th year.
Two of last year’s big winners were Lee Mack and Jack Whitehall. Mack walked away with Best Male Television Comic and Best Comedy Panel Show for Would I Lie To You, whilst Whitehall won Best TV Comedy Actor and for the second year running, the People’s Choice Award for the King or Queen of Comedy. Will Jack manage to make it three years in a row this year? He’s up against David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Jo Brand, Greg Davies and Lee Mack so it’s not going to be easy!
Going into the awards it looked as though Matt Berry was going to have a very good night, with three nominations; Best Actor for Toast Of London, Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist for House Of Fools, and Best Internet Comedy Short for his BBC iPlayer film Lone Wolf.
Unusually, the awards were not broadcast live like they have been in previous years so if you don’t want to know who won, look away right about… NOW.
Instead of the usual ‘My Favourite Shows of the Year’ type of post you’ve probably seen a thousand times over, I’ve decided to do things a little differently this year. Move over BAFTA’s, the National Television Awards and even the British Comedy Awards, because I’ve created the I Talk Telly Awards. This is my chance to celebrate my favourite actors, actresses and shows of the past year.
So without further adieu the votes, have been counted and verified, (basically I spoke to myself and agreed on the winners) and I can now reveal who I think deserve to win one extra award before the year is over…
For me, I love the British Comedy Awards and they come at the right time of the year, the end. It’s a chance to celebrate the ups (and downs) of the past year in British Television Comedy. Year after year the winners aren’t always the ones I would have predicted and this year I’ve decided to write my predictions down in this blog. Not for every category but for the ones I feel thoroughly deserve to win.
As promised, here is the second of my post on BBC Comedy (part 1 here). This post will focus on the quite a long list of comedies that are due to return to the BBC in 2012 including;
I’ve already spoken in great detail about Sky1 and the comedy we can expect from them in 2012, so it’s only right that I now draw my attentions to the comedy we can expect from the BBC in 2012. Unlike the Sky1 post, there are too many comedies to mention in one post so I will have to write two posts, one on the brand new commissions and the other on those that will be returning.
This first post will focus on all the new comedies that the BBC have to offer us in 2012 which includes;