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IT Crowd Night Preview!

22 Dec

As we’ve previously mentioned, Channel 4 will be dedicating an evening of airtime to The IT Crowd on Christmas Eve. And we’re pretty darned excited to be able to share a couple of preview clips with you from a new documentary about the series, which will be shown on the night!

The IT Crowd Manual is an hour-long celebration of the sitcom, narrated by Stephen Mangan, which includes classic clips from the show and up-close and personal interviews with the basement-dwelling trio; Richard Ayoade, Chris O’Dowd and Katherine Parkinson. Matt Berry also reveals how he felt taking the mantle of the boss of Reynholm Industries from Chris Morris, while Noel Fielding details the forbidden chemistry that mild-mannered Richmond secretly shared with Jen. Meanwhile the show’s biggest fans and guest stars (Paul Whitehouse , Danny Wallace, Kevin Eldon, Frances Barber, Matthew Crosby, Boyd Hilton and Lucy Montgomery) share their top moments.

The clip below features IT Crowd creator, Graham Linehan, giving a guided tour of the iconic basement set which he likens to “the inside of my head and my office… a cheerful mess”:

And the second preview clip Kevin Eldon talks about what a taskmaster Linehan can be when it comes to getting an accent right:

Don’t forget you’ll also be able to watch the final IT Crowd episode again, vote for your favourite episode and watch the one that gets Linehan’s vote too. Wowzers!

Tune into Channel 4 from 9pm on 24th December to get your fill of geekery.

Katherine Parkinson Joins The Club

21 Dec

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Katherine Parkinson has been confirmed as one of the main cast member for a new BBC 1 drama.

The Club is a six-part series which follows the lives of six expectant couples who attend a seemingly straightforward antenatal group.  However, in sharing the most intimate of experiences with one another, secrets are revealed and lies bubbling beneath the surface threaten each of the new families.

Parkinson plays the part of Kim, in a relationship with Susie (Tara Fitzgerald) and expecting their second child to the same biological father. As the story unfolds, we discover that the arrangement with Susie’s ex and sperm donor Neil is not quite what it seems.

Kay Mellow, the series creator and director has said: “I’m really excited by the calibre of cast we’ve attracted; the level of talent is staggering. I feel flattered and honoured to have such amazing actors bringing my characters to life.”

The show starts filming in January in and around Leeds; as yet no transmission date has been confirmed.

 

TV Preview: Inside No. 9

20 Dec

Inside No. 9 is a dark anthology of tales of horror and comedy from masters of the form, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (of Psychoville and League of Gentlemen fame).

Due to air on BBC Two in the new year, the series had its first public outing at the BFI last night and TVO was lucky enough to be there to see it.

Here, then, is our spoiler-free review:

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Throwing back to the days of Tales of the Unexpected and The Twilight Zone, and more recently Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, Inside No. 9 takes the form of an anthology series.  Each episode has a stand-alone story and, although only half an hour long, feels more like a film.

The title refers to opening the door to a different ‘No. 9′ in each episode: “We wanted to explore the sense of claustrophobia and intensity that is brought by limiting the action to one location in each story,” say Shearsmith and Pemberton.

Fans of Steve and Reece’s previous work will know they like to combine the hilarious with the genuinely unsettling, and this series is no exception. This combination was displayed brilliantly in the two episodes shown at the preview, ‘A Quiet Night In’ and ‘The Harrowing’, but in very different proportions.

© Jay Brooks/Steph Wilson/BAFTA

‘A Quiet Night In’ is a tale of high comedy, telling the story of two thieves as they attempt to steal artwork from a house, whilst its owners are present. With no dialogue throughout and some excellent slapstick moments, it almost feels like a classic silent comedy in parts, but of course it is darker than it first appears.

‘The Harrowing’ is, as the name suggests, much further towards the horror side of horror-comedy than the first episode. It is set in a grand old house kept at a chilling -2°C and follows the experience of a teenage girl who has gone to babysit there. I won’t reveal any more about the story but I strongly suggest you turn lights down and phones off to watch this one.

In the Q&A following the screening, other episodes were discussed, including one set mostly in a wardrobe in a country house, as game of sardines takes some unexpected turns (this episode will feature Katherine Parkinson and Tim Key in the cast), and another set in a dressing room for a production of Macbeth, where the story starts to parallel that of the play.

Causing huge laughs and genuine fear by turns, Inside No. 9 will certainly be one to watch. It will be shown on BBC Two in the new year – no official date has been set, but producer Adam Tandy says it will hopefully air in February.

Onion On The Red Carpet At The Comedy Awards

20 Dec

We were lucky enough to bag some camera space alongside the red carpet at last week’s British Comedy Awards, so we sent two of our intrepid team down there to extract some chat from the award winners.

Sadly for TVO, the artists and shows that we celebrate on this site didn’t scoop as many gongs as we were hoping for (we was robbed!), but we did manage to find a few familiar faces, one of whom is definitely on our list and most of whom can claim some sort of connection to the folk who we write about*.

In the short video below you can see what Jack Whitehall wants to say to Lee Mack  about his suit, who Steve Coogan would give his award to, and how Johnny Vegas nearly killed someone with plastic flowers:

 

Many thanks to everyone who stopped by for a natter!

* In case you were wondering, here are a few of the TVO connections: Jack Whitehall has appeared on a fair few panel shows with Noel Fielding; Lee Mack shared a flat in Edinburgh with Noel; Reece Shearsmith of League of Gentleman featured in Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England, plus he and Steve Pemberton are responsible for Inside No. 9, a new sitcom starring Katherine Parkinson (more about that soon!); Nina Conti appeared in Family Tree with Chris O’Dowd; Johnny Vegas and that kiss on last week’s Buzzcocks…

Vote For Your Favourite IT Crowd (& See It On The Telly)

7 Dec

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On 24th  December Channel 4 are hosting a special IT Crowd night. And they need you to vote for your favourite episode so that they can include it.

The evening will include a repeat of the last ever episode, Graham Linehan‘s favourite episodes, and a premier of The IT Crowd Manual, a behind-the-scenes documentary about the show. At 11pm, they will also air the fan’s favourite episode, as voted by you!

To cast your vote you need to head on over to Channel 4’s website. There, you’ll find a short clip from each episode (to refresh the memory box), and you simply click onto your favourite one and hit ‘Vote Now’ to vote. Before you’re allowed to do so, you’ll need to sign in to channel4.com. All of the details can be found on the website via the link above.

So which one is it going to be then?…

Inside No. 9 At The BFI

3 Nov

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The British Film Institute are hosting a preview of Inside No. 9, a new series of darkly comic tales from the minds of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith.

The series, set to be shown on BBC 2 in the near future, invites viewers to take a look inside a very different No. 9 each week. A grand mix of high comedy and dark horror this is set to be another classic from Pemberton and Shearsmith.

Among the huge list of big names in the cast is Katherine Parkinson – if you want to read more about the series, take a look at our previous post, here.

The series preview will be held at the BFI’s cinema on London’s Southbank and will consist of a screening of two of the episodes followed by a Q&A with Pemberton, Shearsmith and producer Adam Tandy.

The event isn’t on sale yet but tickets are already going. If you have BFI membership, the tickets will go on sale on Tuesday and we suggest acting as quickly as possible to obtain them. The rest of us will have to keep our fingers crossed that tickets are still available when they are released to the general public at 11:30am on November 12th.

More information can be found on the event listing on the BFI website.

More IT Teasers

24 Sep

© Hal Shinnie

© Hal Shinnie

Unless you have been out of circulation somewhere very remote, you must have noticed that this Friday is the day we get to see a new, extended episode of The IT Crowd!

We first thought that the special final episode would be part of a The IT Crowd Night, but the night has been postponed until later in the year. We’ll tell you all about it when we hear more.

Meanwhile if you can’t wait until Friday there are some clips on the Channel 4 website.

If you’re really desperate you can read our spoiler-free review of the episode by our Editor in Chief.

Or you could wait until Friday at 9pm on Channel 4 to see it all in its full glory!

Onion Selling

16 Sep

Whilst TVO appears to be in a ‘proper telly’ lull as we await a few big name shows coming soon, there’s no shortage of Onion faces cropping up on our screens thanks to the world of ad-breaks.

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© Reed.co.uk

Such is the fickle nature of the acting profession – and stand-up comedy for that matter – every once in a while, TVO regulars crop up in commercials.

Whilst some may baulk at the notion of talented people turning up in adverts, let us remind you that, much like voiceover work, it pays well, doesn’t take long, and adds to the portfolio.  And hey, if it’s good enough for John Cleese, Dawn French, Kylie Minogue and Kevin Bacon, to name but a few big names who succumb to acting in ads, then who are we to complain.   Plus… it gets our good friends on the tellybox when we least expect it!

In the past, we’ve rounded up a number of commercials featuring so many faces of Onion Land, and the last month or so has seen the debut of three more such ads.

First up in this latest collection is the return of Rufus Jones as the face of job website reed.co.uk, in an advert which debuted during this weekend’s top-rated edition of X-Factor, no less.  Once again Richard Sandling is one of his potential targets for new work after a rude awakening…

Elsewhere, Channel 5 is keen to push it’s own catch-up service, Demand 5, which is now available on smart televisions, as well as NOWTV boxes, their website and YouTube.  Catching up on Neighbours with a rather heavy hangover in this commercial is none other than Rachel Stubbings

And then there’s Virgin Media, who are using athlete Usain Bolt and company founder Richard Branson in a series of adverts, all of which are voiced by Richard Ayoade

Lastly for now, is the return of Paul Kaye in typically maniacal form as the star of BetVictor’s long running campaign.  Here, Victor Chandler is enjoying a nice, gentle, first-class train ride, but typically, Maurice can’t quite leave him in peace…

As long as there is an Onion Land, it seems, there will be commercials featuring its inhabitants.  There are far too many for us to possibly collate, but we’ve done our best to dig into the archives and find you some of the better moments via the handy playlist below.

Included here are such classic moments as Julian Barratt advertising Metz way back in 1997, and his co-hort Noel Fielding being creative with handcuffs for Carling Live five years later.  There are big name ads you’d never realise had TVO links, from Simon Farnaby voicing a horse with a penchant for NutriGrain through to Ben Wheatley helming recent Go Compare ads.

Of course, there’s a huge chunk of voiceover king Matt Berry, but his IT Crowd co-stars Chris O’Dowd and Katherine Parkinson get a look in too.  Regular collaborators Tom Meeten and Barunka O’Shaughnessy pop up in a few ads, and we’ve got loads more to savour featuring the likes of Richard GloverLaura PatchAlex KirkRhys ThomasJustin EdwardsDan TetsellAnna CrillyKaty Wix and the well trained eye of Paul King.  We’ve also got a ridiculously early tv appearance by Steve Coogan, and a couple of later ads in character as Paul and Pauline Calf. Enjoy…

The IT Crowd’s Final Bootup

11 Sep

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As we announced back in July, the final, long-awaited episode of The IT Crowd will air during a special The IT Crowd Night, on Friday 27th September at 9pm, on Channel 4.

The hour-long episode re-unites Richard Ayoade as Moss, Katherine Parkinson as Jen, Chris O’Dowd as Roy and Matt Berry as Douglas, as well as writer and director Graham Linehan.

There will also be an appearance by Noel Fielding as everyone’s favourite Goth, Richmond.

Despite rumours to the contrary, the title of the episode is ‘The Internet Is Coming'; we’ll let you know more details on the episode and the supporting shows as soon as we can.

So clear your schedule and get ready to ‘turn it off and on again’ one last time!

TV & Radio Times

8 Sep

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We want to tell you about some TV and Radio shows that are being aired now or in the near future with TVO connections.

First there is Colin Hoult’s Carnival of Monsters, which had its first outing on BBC Radio 4 extra and can now be heard on Thursday evenings at 11pm on Radio 4. Join Colin Hoult and his host of weird and wonderful characters as they show off their various talents for your delight and horror. As always you can catch it on the iPlayer.

Next is a new series of Start/Stop, written and starring Jack Docherty and starring Katherine Parkinson as Alice. The show centre’s around 3 married couples, and when the situation gets out of control, the action stops and one of the characters addresses the audience. You can catch Start/Stop on Radio 4 at 11am on Fridays. Click here for the iPlayer link.

Radio 4 is again your destination on Tuesdays at 11pm, when you can catch the second series of Detective Sergeant Nick Mohammed, co-starring Anna Crilly and Colin Hoult, as his two colleagues who get caught up in his schemes. If you need to catch up iPlayer is your friend.

Coming soon to a television near you is The Wrong Mans, written by and starring Matthew Baynton and James Corden. Most of you will have seen the trailer by now. The all-star cast includes Dan Renton Skinner, Benedict Wong, Tom Basden and Rufus Jones. To see more about the show including an interview with James and Matt and clips and trailers, head over to the BBC website.

Finally, coming to BBC 2 for Christmas is The Tractate Middoth, a chilling tale by MR James, adapted and directed by Mark Gatiss and starring Nick Burns, Sacha Dhawan , John Castle, Louise Jameson, Una Stubbs, David Ryall, Eleanor Bron and Roy Barraclough. The story is about a man looking for an obscure Hebrew text, in a quiet academic library. All is not as it seems and soon terrifying apparitions  begin to appear.  More information about the half-hour show can be found here.

TVO Regulars In New BBC Shows

26 Aug
© Left: Richard Gilligan, Centre: Tim Whitby / Getty Images, Right: Rich Hardcastle

Left: © Richard Gilligan // Centre: © Tim Whitby / Getty Images // Right: © Rich Hardcastle

The BBC have commissioned a host of new shows for the coming months which will feature some of the regulars of the TVO world.

The highest profile of these is a new seven-part drama called The Honourable Woman which is currently being filmed in London. The show’s creator, Hugo Blick, says it is “a suspenseful spy thriller about inheritance, political and personal, and the lengths some spies will go to not only to deceive their enemies – but also themselves.” A stellar cast including TVO’s Katherine Parkinson has been announced and the show is set to air on BBC Two in 2014.

As for comedy, Seann Walsh will be hosting a one-off, hour-long comedy special direct from the Edinburgh Fringe for BBC Three entitled Seann Walsh’s Late Night Comedy Spectacular which will feature some of the most exciting new acts in comedy. These include the wonderful Aisling Bea as well as Tom Rosenthal and The Rubberbandits.

Also in the pipeline is a new comedy drama, with working title Our Men, which will see David Mitchell and Robert Webb as the British Ambassador of fictional country Tazbekistan and his second in command. Michael Smiley, Tom Hollander and Elliot Cowan are among the guest stars confirmed and the regular cast will include Keeley Hawes and Yigal Naor. The series is expected to be shown on BBC Two later this year.

Autumnal IT Crowd Special

22 Jul

Channel 4 has announced a night of IT Crowd-related programming, which will take place in October (exact date tbc).

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IT Crowd Night will feature the hotly-anticipated final episode, which was recorded at Elstree Studios last month. It will also include a selection of episodes from the last full series of the comedy, which aired in 2010.

Although further  details are sparse, previous Ch4 evenings that have celebrated a particular TV programme have included documentaries about the making of the series, as well as interviews with the writers and cast; however, as yet there’s no confirmation as to whether The IT Crowd evening will feature these extras.

Also scheduled to begin in October is the panel show Was It Something I Said?, which features The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade as a team captain, and the new sitcom Toast starring Matt Berry, who (as all good Peelers know) plays Douglas Reynholm in The IT Crowd.

To get yourself in the mood for geekery, why not take a look at this Top 10 IT Crowd moments, which we published earlier this year?

Be In The IT Crowd

19 Jun

Let’s be honest, not many of us managed to be present at the recent filming of the last ever IT Crowd at Elstree Studios. However, you can still be in the final episode if you’re quick!

© Graham Linehan

Graham Linehan has requested that fans send in photos of themselves reacting to something outrageous on their phone or laptop. Ideally the photo should show a famous landmark in the background too (e.g. Eiffel Tower/North Pole/Great Wall of China).

So if you can take a snap of yourself pretending to look at something really shocking on your phone/laptop with a landmark in the background you have a very good chance of being included in the show. A bit like the photo on the right, but with a real (and arguably less phallic) landmark. Photos should be submitted to TheItCrowd@retort.tv by 25th June.

Due to broadcasting regulations they need to be stringent about a few things, so here are the rules:

  • Stills photos need to be taken on a 10MP camera or higher
  • Don’t include any logos or brands – cover them up or reframe the picture, this includes the makes/models of your laptop or phone
  • Don’t have anyone in the frame that hasn’t given you personal consent to use their image or that you can’t identify and give the full details to them
  • Don’t include any artwork on walls, book covers etc as we won’t be able to seek permission to use the copyright

For more information and the essential legal blurb head over here. Please note that this page invites video submissions too, but only photo submissions are being accepted.

So good luck – and get snapping!

ITvine

8 Jun

Yesterday saw day 2 of the filming of the last ever IT Crowd, and Graham Linehan kindly treated his twitter followers to vine clips of three of the main cast members!

© Graham Lineham

© Graham Linehan

We retweeted Jen’s at the time, but in the spirit of completeness we thought it would be rather jolly to follow up with Moss’ and Roy’s vines. So here, for anyone who didn’t catch them yesterday, are mini videos of Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson - alongside the  paraphernalia of geekery (as you’d expect). Just click on the name to watch the clip.

Filming continues today, and we live in hope of a Douglas Reynholm or Richmond vine to accompany the others!

To follow Linehan on twitter head over here.

Top Ten IT Crowd

28 May

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While we’re all buzzing off the fact that the filming of the final IT Crowd is underway, Metro has very kindly put together their Top 10 episodes of the past four series.

It includes such classics as Roy’s plans to shoot a nude calendar, the German cannibal incident and the moment that Douglas Reynholm crashed into his father’s funeral. What’s more, Metro has helpfully included a clip for each of the Top 10. Wonderful stuff! To view the full article (and to see whether you agree with their choices) click here.

Now all that remains is to wonder whether that conversation escalated beyond twitter and Richmond is indeed going to be making an appearance in the hotly-anticipated final episode…

Be In The IT Crowd Crowd

18 May

© Talkback Thames / Steven Peskett

Applications for audience tickets for the filming of the forthcoming IT Crowd special finale are now open!

Tickets are free, and SRO Audiences are running the audience selection process.  The filming of the show will take place on Saturday 8th June 2013 at Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire WD6 1JG; doors open at 6.45pm. Please note that the minimum age for attending the filming is 16 years.

To apply for tickets (max of 4 per person) visit SRO Audiences here. Be aware that, sadly, applying for tickets doesn’t guarantee you get them.

IT Crowd Back For Final Farewell

7 May

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Graham Linehan has confirmed that IT Crowd will be retirning for a one-off 40 minute special.

Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson and Matt Berry are  expected to return for the new episode, which will be filmed  in three weeks’ time. As yet, there’s no news as to whether Noel Fielding will be joining the cast for the grand finale.

Last year that O’Dowd revealed that he would be interested in reprising the role of Roy, claiming that the show’s stars still “need closure”.

“I’d love to do something more with those characters,” he said. “I don’t think we said goodbye to them properly.”

The script for the special was written over a year ago, but the cast have been too busy with other filming commitments – and in one case a pregnancy – to work on it until now.

As yet there’s no news about when the special will air, but as soon as we hear anything we’ll be sure to let you know!

Matt & Katherine On The Radio

20 Apr
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© bbc.co.uk

We hope you have all been listening to the new series of Matt Berry‘s surreal psychological award-winning radio show, I Regress, on Wednesdays at 11pm on BBC Radio 4. The latest episode Thunder is available now on BBC Iplayer.

If you keep listening you might have heard Don’t Start, written by and starring Frank Skinner and Katherine Parkinson, as a long-term couple who, during each 15 minute episode, fall out over another apparently trivial flashpoint. You can catch the latest episode here, and the next one on Wednesday at 11.15pm straight after I Regress.

Catch Up With Onion Land

4 Apr

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The last remnants of your Easter Eggs are starting to look like wicked reminders of pure liquid gluttony.  Spring is officially here, though some parts of the country seem to have swapped sunshine for snow.  As you stop to take a breath, you realise this seemingly barren period in Onion Land is actually filled with glorious programming you might have missed!

There’s a number of TVO regulars cropping up in various shows at the moment, and as some of them won’t be on catch-up for very long, we thought it was as good a time as any to give you a brief round-up.

For starters, Colin Hoult and Steve Oram appeared in the Easter Special of Life’s Too Short - the mockumentary series about Multiverse head-honcho Warwick Davis.  Oram’s also been regularly appearing in Heading Out with Sue Perkins, and all six episodes can be caught on catch-up at present.

Then there’s our full blooded TVO shows to savour – with It’s Kevin halfway though it’s initial run, and all episodes available on iPlayer, you can savour Kevin EldonJulia DavisJustin EdwardsMatt Berry, Alex Kirk and many more joining The Actor, Kevin Eldon for some full blooded titting about.  The show continues on Sunday evening.

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Over on 4oD is every episode of Anna & Katy - the silly channel-hopping style sketch show from Anna Crilly and Katy Wix, which also features appearances from Fergus Craig, Colin Hoult and David McNeill.  The show wraps up next Wednesday.

There’s also the brand new series of Game Of Thrones featuring Paul Kaye airing on Sunday evenings, which is available on catch-up exclusively to Sky customers, alongside Dan Clark and Katherine Parkinson in Love Matters.

If radio is more your thing, don’t forget that Matt Berry returned for Series 2 of I, Regress last night on Radio 4, who are also in the middle of a rerun of Knowing Me Knowing You… With Alan Partridge.

And if repeats are all you crave, you’ll be pleased to know that Mongrels will be heading to freeview channel Dave from April 12th. All this, plus the release of Sightseers on dvd and blu-ray, and a wealth of archive materials available from our TVO Amazon Stores now!  Get stuck in!

Nods & Nominations

26 Mar

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The Oscars may seem like a distant memory already, but Awards Season continues apace, and TVO regulars are, as always, in the offering.

The BAFTA Craft Awards were announced this weekend, and comedy legend Rhys Thomas is up for the highly prestigious Breakthrough Talent award for his documentary Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender, which shone a candid light on the period between Freddie’s debut solo album in 1985, and his premature death in 1991.

He’s up against stiff competition from Mike Bartlett for The Town, Julie Gearey for Prisoners’ Wives and Tim Whitnall for Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story.

Elsewhere, in the comedy department, Julia Davis has been nominated for “Writer (Comedy)” due to her gloriously funny period piece Hunderby.  She’s up against Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche and Simon Blackwell for the final run of The Thick Of It (which featured Justin Edwards), as well as John Morton for Twenty Twelve and Jo Brand, Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan for Getting On.  For the full list of nominations, check out Digital Spy’s rundown over yonder.

Last week saw the Royal Television Society Programme Awards take place in London, and again, there were TVO connections on show.  Horrible Histories was pipped to the post as Children’s Programme by Room On The Broom, but Sherlock - the last episode of which featured Katherine Parkinson and Tony Way – won the award for Drama Series ahead of Call The Midwife and Line Of Duty.  Sherlock also picked up an award for “Writer – Drama”, given to its showrunner Steven Moffat.

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However, the big TVO win belonged to BabyCow for Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life - which picked up the nod for Scripted Comedy – so congrats to Steve CooganDave Lambert and the rest of the team!  For more info, pop here.

Lastly, and by no means leastly, the delightful Tony Law won Best Club Comic and Best Show for Maximum Nonsense at this weekend’s Chortle Awards, with Stewart Lee & Richard Herring also scoring double wins.

And of course, as we told you this weekendSightseers picked up yet another gong – this time for Best British Film at the Empire Awards.  All in all, a glorious time for the stars of TVO – and we’re over the moon for everyone winning things!

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