The British Comedy Awards 2000 – tape 2488

The tape starts with the programme already in progress, and host Jonathan Ross is already on his opening monologue.

Presenting for Best Television Comedy Actress, Jack Dee.

It’s a tough category, with Kathy Burke, Sue Johnston and Victoria Wood in the nominations. Sue Johnston wins it.

Carrie Fisher presents Best Entertainment Personality.

Surprise winner is Graham Norton, winning over Ant & Dec, then nominated for SM:TV

Jeff Goldblum is even taller than Jonathan Ross.

The Simpsons wins for Best International TV Comedy. Mike Scully accepts for the show. “This almost makes up for George Bush winning the election.

Cat Deeley and Dougray Scott present Best TV Comedy.

The winner is the lovely Victoria Wood for Dinnerladies.

Tamsin Outhwaith and Rhys Ifans present Best TV Comedy Drama

The winner is Cold Feet so there’s a lot of people on stage.

Best Comedy Newcomer is presented by Steve Coogan

I’m sure he’s delighted to give the award to Rob Brydon.

Anne Robinson and Judith Keppel present Best Comedy Entertainment Programme

Won by Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression

Jamie Theakston presents Best Live Stand Up

The winner is Sean Lock

Jean Simmons presents Best Comedy Film

The winner is East is East. Not a comedy film. Fact.

Ulrikka Jonsson presents Best Comedy Actor

James Nesbitt wins

The People’s Choice Award is presented by Amanda Holden and Bob Head, the MD of

SM:TV is the winner, Ant & Dec dominating the public vote as usual.

Writer of the Year is presented by Ross, and goes to Victoria Wood.

Best New TV Comedy is presented by Cerys Matthews and Richard E Grant

The winner is That Peter Kay Thing.

He’s really bad at giving speeches at these things. Almost as if he doesn’t care.

Alan Bennett wins Lifetime Achievement. Nigel Hawthorne accepts on his behalf.

Someone actually heckles him. Jonathan Ross isn’t kidding when he says everyone is pissed there.

Finally, Elton John presents the Best of British award

The winner is The Vicar of Dibley, accepted by producer Jon Plowman.

To close the show, Elton John performs with Alan Partridge.

After this, recording continues briefly with the opening of Beetlejuice. Then the recording ends.



  1. Its Caroline Aherne who heckles Nigel Hawthorne. Hawthorne was very ill and Aherne was notoriously in a bad way at this point, so its an awkward moment.

  2. I think this was the year Sky One did a live programme from the aftershow interviewing a stream of heavily drunk people, the highlight being, of all people, Dec just refusing to leave.

    Doesn’t Sean Lock say something like “thanks to all the new fans I’ve gained tonight”? I remember he was very much a comedian’s comedian at the time working as a sideman to people like Bill Bailey and this was seen as his big mainstream breakthrough.

  3. It was really exciting when SMTV won the public vote, I know these days Ant and Dec win everything but it seemed amazing to have a kids’ show beating proper grown-up comedy programmes. And rightly so, the show was at the height of its brilliance at the time.

    The numerous awards won by Cold Feet and The Royle Family around this time meant virtually all the winners thanked Andy Harries, Granada’s Head of Comedy, which became something of a running joke, to the extent that the next year, he was mentioned in the first speech and Ross said “The earliest mention of Andy Harries at the Comedy Awards!”

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