Gavin and Stacey sweeps British Comedy Awards

BBC3 comedy Gavin and Stacey scooped three gongs at last night’s British Comedy Awards, including best new television comedy.

The show, made by Baby Cow, beat BBC4′s Lead Balloon and BBC1′s Not Going Out, while its two leads, James Corden and Ruth Jones, were named Best Male Comedy Newcomer and Best Female Comedy Newcomer respectively.

They beat their co-stars Joanna Page and Mathew Horne to win the awards.

Meanwhile, Best TV Comedy went to Peep Show and Al Murray’s Happy Hour was named Best New Comedy Entertainment Programme.

David Mitchell, from Peep Show, was named Best Television Comedy Actor and Liz Smith was named Best Television Comedy Actress for her role in The Royle Family: The Queen of Sheba.

The gong for Comedy Entertainment Personality went to Simon Amstell, who was nominated for the award alongside presenting duo Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins for The Friday Night Project and Stephen Fry for QI.

Although losers in the entertainment personality category, Carr was named Best Live Stand-up and Fry picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The British Comedy Awards, which were held at the London Television Centre, were not broadcast live as usual after ITV revealed there had been phone-in irregularities in the 2005 awards show.

Law firm Olswang is currently investigating the issue. The awards, hosted by Jonathan Ross, were filmed as live and could still be shown at a later date.

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