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Friday, 15 December, 2000, 10:56 GMT
Sir Elton duets with a Partridge
Steve Coogan
Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge will sing with Sir Elton John
Sir Elton John and comedy actor Steve Coogan will form an unlikely musical partnership at the British Comedy Awards on Saturday.

Coogan, playing character Alan Partridge, will perform with Sir Elton in front of a celebrity audience but the title of the song is being kept a secret.

Fourteen awards will be presented to the cream of comedy talent at the event with the BBC One sitcom The Royle Family nominated for three awards, including best comedy.

The show is up against two other BBC comedies - League of Gentlemen on BBC Two and Victoria Wood's Dinnerladies on BBC One.

Sue Johnston and Ricky Tomlinson
Sue Johnston and Ricky Tomlinson hope to win more Royle honours
Ricky Tomlinson, who plays Jim Royle, is in the running for best TV comedy actor after winning the award in 1999, while Sue Johnston, who plays Barbara Royle, is nominated for best TV comedy actress.

The sitcom won the award for best sitcom at last year's event and earlier this year scooped two Bafta awards.

A Christmas special of the comedy is being screened on BBC One on Christmas Day.

TV presenters Ant and Dec have been nominated for the best personality prize, along with Graham Norton and Lily Savage, alias Paul Grady.

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, Cold Feet, the successful couples comedy, and Safe as Houses fighting it out for the award.

The ceremony will be broadcast live from the London Television Centre on 16 December on ITV.

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

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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