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Friday, 10 November, 2000, 12:36 GMT
Comedy stars fight it out
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TV presenters Ant and Dec have been nominated for the best personality prize in next month's British Comedy Awards.

The pair, nominated for their BBC One show Friends Like These, are up against Channel 4's Graham Norton and Lily Savage, alias Paul Grady.

Ant and Dec recently announced they were to quit the successful gameshow after talks about a new series broke down.

BBC One sitcom The Royle Family, named best TV comedy in last year's comedy awards, has scooped several nominations.

The show is up against BBC Two's League of Gentlemen and Victoria Wood's Dinnerladies for this year's best comedy award.

Sue Johnston and Ricky Tomlinson
Right Royle fun: Sue Johnston and Ricky Tomlinson's show won two Baftas this year
Ricky Tomlinson, who plays Jim Royle, is in the running for best TV comedy actor, while Sue Johnston, who plays Barbara Royle, is nominated for best TV comedy actress.

Other nominees include Alistair McGowan for his Big Impression show, while Harry Hill is in the running for the best Live Stand-Up Award.

ITV dominates the best comedy drama nominations with shows Bob Martin, starring Michael Barrymore, Cold Feet and Safe as Houses.

The ceremony will be broadcast live from the London Television Centre on the capital's South Bank on 16 December.

The nominations in full:

Best Television Comedy Actor: Dylan Moran - Black Books, Channel 4; James Nesbitt - Cold Feet, ITV; Ricky Tomlinson - The Royle Family, BBC One

Best Television Comedy Actress: Kathy Burke - Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, BBC Two; Sue Johnston - The Royle Family, BBC One; Victoria Wood - Dinnerladies, BBC One

Lily Savage
Lily Savage: Best TV personality nomination
Best Comedy Entertainment Personality: Ant and Dec - Friends Like These, BBC One and SM:TV Live, ITV; Graham Norton - So Graham Norton, Channel 4; Lily Savage - Lily Live, ITV

Best Comedy Newcomer: Ronni Ancona - Alistair McGowan's Big Impression, BBC One; Rob Brydon - Marion and Jeff, BBC Two; Dom Joly - Trigger Happy TV, Channel 4

Best Live Stand-Up: Rich Hall as Otis Lee Crenshaw, Harry Hill, Sean Lock

Best New TV Comedy: Alistair McGowan's Big Impression, BBC One; That Peter Kay Thing, Channel 4; Trigger Happy TV, Channel 4

Best TV Comedy: Dinnerladies, BBC One; The League of Gentlemen, BBC Two; The Royle Family, BBC One

Best TV Comedy Drama: Bob Martin, ITV; Cold Feet, ITV; Safe as Houses, ITV

Best Comedy Entertainment Programme: Alistair McGowan's Big Impression, BBC One; Lily Live, ITV; So Graham Norton, Channel 4.

Best Comedy Film: Being John Malkovich, East is East, Toy Story 2.

Best International Comedy TV Show: Frasier, Channel 4; Sex in the City, Channel 4; The Simpsons, BBC Two

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