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Tuesday, 21 August, 2001, 01:17 GMT 02:17 UK
Radio Times Comedy Poll results
Victoria Wood
Victoria Wood: Best stand-up comic and best sketch show
Radio Times readers have voted for their best and worst comedies and favourite stars since 1950.

Here are the results in full:

Best Sketch

  • Fork Handles, The Two Ronnies: 61.4%
  • Dead Parrot, Monty Python's Flying Circus: 23.3%
  • Cleopatra, Morecambe and Wise: 9.1%
  • Gerald the Gorilla, Not the Nine O'Clock News: 6.3%

    Best Sitcom: 1950s and 1960s

  • Steptoe and Son: 34.4%
  • Hancock's Half Hour: 25.0%
  • The Likely Lads: 19.7%
  • Till Death Us Do Part: 15.6%
  • Please Sir!: 5.3%

    Best Sitcom: 1970s

  • Fawlty Towers: 35.8%
  • Dad's Army: 33.2%
  • Porridge: 19.1%
  • Rising Damp: 8.6%
  • Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?: 3.3%

    Best Sitcom: 1980s

  • Only Fools and Horses: 48.6%
  • Yes Minister: 38.7%
  • The Young Ones: 6.8%
  • Just Good Friends: 4.0%
  • The New Statesman: 2.0%

    Best Sitcom: 1990s

  • One Foot In The Grave: 40.9%
  • The Vicar of Dibley: 32.1%
  • Men Behaving Badly: 11.5%
  • The Royle Family: 8.9%
  • The League of Gentlemen: 6.7%

    Best Sitcom: 2000/2001

  • My Hero: 46.4%
  • My Family: 22.3%
  • Black Books: 16.4%
  • That Peter Kay Thing: 14.9%

    Best Sketch Show

  • Victoria Wood: as Seen on TV: 31.2%
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: 26.4%
  • Not The Nine O'Clock News: 16.8%
  • That Was The Week That Was: 16.0%
  • The Fast Show: 9.7%

    Best Male Sitcom Character

  • Derek `Del Boy' Trotter (Only Fools and Horses): 34.5%
  • Basil Fawlty (Fawlty Towers): 25.5%
  • Captain Mainwaring (Dad's Army): 20.2%
  • Victor Meldrew (One Foot In The Grave): 12.5%
  • Norman Stanley Fletcher (Porridge): 7.3%

    Best Female Sitcom Character

  • Margo Leadbetter (The Good Life): 38.9%
  • Hyacinth Bucket (Keeping Up Appearances): 36.8%
  • Edina Monsoon (Absolutely Fabulous): 10.4%
  • Mrs Slocombe (Are You Being Served): 8.4%
  • Denise Royle (The Royle Family): 5.5%

    Best Sitcom Double Act

  • Harold and Albert Steptoe (Steptoe and Son): 46.2%
  • Gary and Tony (Men Behaving Badly): 15.9%
  • Terry and June Medford (Terry and June): 15.5%
  • George and Mildred Roper (George and Mildred): 12.1
  • Linda La Hughes and Tom Farrell (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme): 10.3%

    Best Satire/Spoof

  • The Mrs Merton Show: 41.2%
  • I'm Alan Partridge: 28.4%
  • People Like Us: 16.3%
  • The Day Today: 10.7%
  • That Peter Kay Thing: 3.5%

    Worst Ever Sitcom

  • Chef: 27.8%
  • You Rang M'Lord: 22.8%
  • On the Buses: 19.4%
  • Mind Your Language: 16.3%
  • Love Thy Neighbour: 13.7%

    Funniest Presenter

  • Angus Deayton (Have I Got News For You): 47.0%
  • Graham Norton (So Graham Norton): 22.6%
  • Clive Anderson (Whose Line Is It Anyway?): 11.8%
  • Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer (Shooting Stars): 10.1%
  • Nick Hancock (They Think It's All Over): 8.4%

    Best TV stand-up comedian

  • Victoria Wood: 36.9%
  • Jasper Carrot: 32.1%
  • Rory Bremner: 13.5%
  • Jack Dee: 10.7%
  • Ben Elton: 6.9%

    Best Catchphrase

  • I Don't Believe It (Victor Meldrew): 45.2%
  • Lovely Jubbly (Del Boy): 22.6%
  • You Dirty Old Man (Harold Steptoe): 19.6%
  • Are You Local? (The League of Gentlemen): 7.0%
  • ... Which Was Nice (The Fast Show): 5.6%

    Biggest Comedy Letdown

  • Lee Evans (So What Now?): 33.8%
  • James Bolam (Pay and Display): 21.9%
  • Eddie Izzard (Cows): 17.8%
  • Emma Thompson (Thompson): 17.5%
  • John Gordon Sinclair (Nelson's Column): 9.0%

    Best American Sitcom

  • M*A*S*H: 40.7%
  • The Phil Silvers Show: 22.1%
  • Frasier: 19.0%
  • Friends: 15.7%
  • Seinfeld: 2.5%

    Best Slapstick Sitcom Moment

  • Basil Fawlty's duck a l'orange disguised as blancmange: 25.2%
  • Frank Specer dangling over a cliff in Some Mother's Do `Av `Em: 23.6%
  • Margo toppling over in the mud in The Good Life: 20.0%
  • Hyacinth Bucket falling off a cruiser in Keeping Up Appearances: 19.6%
  • A drunken Edina falling in a flower bed in Absolutely Fabulous: 11.5%

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