Miranda Hart wins big at British Comedy Awards

Miranda Hart, star of BBC Two’s ‘Miranda’ wins three awards as the BBC announces it still to be decided if the hit comedy will be promoted to BBC One.

The comedienne who writes and performs in her comedy took three gongs last night at the British Comedy Awards, winning the People’s Choice Awards which is voted for by viewers. Hart also picked up Best Female Comedy Actress and Best New TV Comedy.

Her hit comedy show began in 2009 and quickly rose in the ratings to become one of BBC Two’s most watched comedies in recent years. It has managed to hold up well against Coronation Street on a Monday evening. Speculation is rife that her show might be promoted to BBC One after success in the ratings and after last nights award success.

A BBC spokeswoman told ATV Today this morning “We are delighted that Miranda will be continuing to create fabulous comedy for the BBC and as yet there have not been detailed discussions about which channel she may appear on”.

This was the first year that Channel 4 has aired the British Comedy Awards, which had previously been on ITV 1. Jonathan Ross hosted the event live from the Indigo at the O2 Arena. Michael McIntyre won Best Male TV Comic. McIntyre was filming auditions for Britain’s Got Talent when he was handed his award from fellow judge Amanda Holden. Best Female TV Comic went to Jo Brand. The Best Comedy Panel Show was picked up by ‘Would I Lie To You?’ which airs on BBC One.

The Inbetweeners picked up an award for Best Sitcom. The third and final series of the hit comedy aired last year on E4. It was announced that their would be a film and two specials later this year.

Best TV Comedy Actor went to ‘The Thick Of It’ star Peter Capaldi. Shock award of the night went to ‘Horrible Histories’ who won Best Sketch Show which marked the first time a children’s comedy had been nominated for an award. The writers behind Channel 4’s Peep Show picked up the Writers’ Guild Award and the British Comedy Lifetime Achievement Award went to Roy Clarke who penned classic comedies such as Open All Hours and Last Of The Summer Wine.

Russell Brand received the Outstanding Contribution to Comedy Award although had to pull out attending the show due to close friend falling ill in America.