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Sunday, 16 December, 2001, 03:24 GMT
Skinner crowned TV comedy king
Frank Skinner scooped the top comedy prize
Frank Skinner arrives at the British Comedy Awards
Comic Frank Skinner has taken the top prize in this year's British Comedy Awards - the coveted comedy entertainment personality.

Last year's winner Graham Norton and fellow chat show host Jonathan Ross were runners up.

Accepting his award, Skinner said: "First the plane-spotters returned safely... now this."

Norton did not leave empty-handed and won the best comedy entertainment programme award for his show So Graham Norton.

He told the presentation ceremony in London: "God, I'm hungover... can I be like Dame Thora Hird, can they bring it to me?"

Saturday evening's presentations provided some surprises - hit comedy Cold Feet had four nominations but won none of them.

Jessica Stevenson
Jessica Stevenson plays Cheryl in The Royle Family

The show did, however, secure the the AOL People's Choice Award.

The awards also honoured actor David Jason, famous as Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses, who was presented with a lifetime achievement award.

Other winners included One Foot in the Grave, which beat other television newcomers to the title of best TV comedy.

Comedy drama

Cold Feet's poor showing came as a stark contrast to last year's awards.

James Nesbitt, the Northern Ireland-born actor who stars in the comedy, won best comedy actor in the 2000 awards.
Comedy Award Winners
Best comedy entertainment personality - Frank Skinner
Best TV comedy actor - Rob Brydon
Best comedy newcomer - Johnny Vegas
Best TV comedy - One Foot In the Grave
Best new TV comedy - The Office
Best TV comedy actress - Jessica Stevenson
Best TV comedy drama - Bob and Rose
Best comedy entertainment programme - So Graham Norton
Best international comedy TV show - Seinfeld
Best radio comedy - Dead Ringers
Best Live Stand Up - Victoria Wood
Comedy Film Awards 2001 - Best In Show
Lifetime Achievement Award - David Jason
Writer of the Year - Russell T Davies

This year he battled against his co-star John Thomson but both lost to Rob Brydon, star of Human Remains.

Comedy drama Bob and Rose pushed Cold Feet out of the running for best TV comedy drama

The best television comedy actress award went to Jessica Stevenson, star of Channel 4's Spaced 2, Bob and Rose and The Royle Family.

Hermione Norris from Cold Feet 3 and Lesley Sharp from Bob and Rose were runners up.

Accepting his award as best comedy newcomer, Johnny Vegas said: "I should have lots of people to thank but it could be that it was all down to me and hard work."

Newcomer The Office on BBC2 won the best new television comedy award and the best international comedy show went to Seinfeld.

Victoria Wood won the best stand-up award - Bill Bailey and Harry Hill had also been nominated.

See also:

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