Gold is set to reveal who is Britain’s Greatest Comedian. The UKTV owned and operated channel has ordered a three-hour special that will go down the long list of British comedians, past and present, to find the definitive top 30.
The short-list of the top thirty comedians will be determined by a comedy jury consisting of famous comedians, performers, actors, producers and experts. Members of the public will also be able to vote for their favourites. 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.
Britain’s Greatest Comedian is being produced for Gold by Crook Productions, with Matt Crook and Adam Mclean serving as the executive producers. It was commissioned by UKTV’s Head of Entertainment Iain Coyle and ordered by UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham and UKTV’s Genre General Manager of Comedy and Entertainment Steve North. The special is set to air on Gold later this year.
“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”, said Gerald Casey, Channel Director for Gold. “With so many incredible home-grown performers to choose from, it’s not going be easy!”
The commission for Britain’s Greatest Comedian comes after Gold announced that Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet), Kevin R. McNally (Pirates Of The Caribbean) and Bernard Cribbins (Doctor Who) have been set to lead the cast in Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes, their a series of remakes of episodes from the second season of Dad’s Army that were lost as a result of the BBC’s archival policy during the 1960s and 1970s.