Rowan Atkinson’s character is as original as ever.
Mr Bean made its television debut on January 1 1990. Thirty years on, the pilot episode still captures all that is great about Rowan Atkinson's character.
Publicity still for Only Fools and Horses.
John Sullivan, who created Del Boy and Rodney, has been called a modern Dickens – now both their most famous works have been made into musicals.
Still from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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Is anyone still interested in Monty Python? Surprisingly, yes.
Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.
It can be a tough gig as a female comedian.
Ruth Jones and James Corden, the brains behind TV hit Gavin & Stacey.
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Oh, what's occurin'?
John (Peter Kay) and Kayleigh (Sian Gibson) in BBC One’s Car Share.
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As series two comes to a close, here are the ingredients behind a piece of 24-carat comedy gold.
A local shop, for local people.
British comedy has always revelled in self-reflexive parody. Now, following Brexit, perhaps the re-nationalisation of British comedy is nigh.
Caroline Aherne as Mrs Merton.
The UK establishment has never understood the northern working class – and no wonder.
UK comedian and actor Rick Mayall, who died yesterday aged 56.
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Rik Mayall is putrid – absolutely vile. He thinks nose-picking is funny and farting and all that. He is the arsehole of British comedy. Spike Milligan made this rather pithy statement some time ago (the…