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Jack Whitehall claims top prizes at British Comedy Awards - pictures

Jack Whitehall and Gemma Chan. Picture: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images Jack Whitehall and Gemma Chan. Picture: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

Friday, December 13, 2013
10:48 AM

The British Comedy Awards were announced in London last night, with Jack Whitehall claiming two of the top gongs in an occasionally controversial ceremony.

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(Scroll down to find our gallery of pictures from the evening.)

Host Jonathan Ross kicked off the live show from Wembley with a barrage of quips including a risky reference to the Savile scandal.

He told the audience, which featured the cream of British comedy talent: “They have demolished Television Centre. The studios we have all known and loved. It is now a building site and ironically it is now a far less dangerous place for children to play than ever before.”

But it was Johnny Vegas who created one of the outrageous moments at the British Comedy Awards, by claiming some of the winners did not deserve their awards and making a dig at television stations for not commissioning fresh comedy shows.

“There are people in the room we don’t think should have won,” he said to the laughing audience.

“There is is stuff which has been pushed through because of finance and Channel 4 feeling like the little brother compared to the BBC.”

The winners from the British Comedy Awards at Fountain Studios in Wembley were:

:: Best Comedy Panel Show - Would I Lie To You, BBC

:: Best Comedy Entertainment Programme - The Graham Norton Show, BBC

:: Best Sketch Show - Harry & Paul, BBC

:: Best Sitcom - Getting On, BBC

:: Best New Comedy Programme - Plebs, ITV2

:: Best Male TV Comic - Lee Mack, Would I Lie To You, BBC

:: Best Female TV Comic - Nina Conti Live At The Apollo, BBC

:: Best Comedy Entertainment Personality - Alan Carr, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, C4

:: Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist - Adam Hills, The Last Leg, C4

:: Best TV Comedy Actor - Jack Whitehall, Fresh Meat ,C4

:: Best TV Comedy Actress - Miranda Hart, Miranda, BBC

:: International Achievement - Will Ferrell

:: Outstanding Achievement - Steve Coogan

:: The Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award - Paul Whitehouse

:: The 2013 King of Comedy - Jack Whitehall

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