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Ant and Dec up for comedy prize
Ant and Dec
Ant and Dec are nominated for Saturday Night Takeaway
Ant and Dec will battle it out with chat show hosts Jonathan Ross and Graham Norton for major honours at the British Comedy Awards on Wednesday.

They are all nominated in the best comedy entertainment personality category at the 14th annual ceremony.

Alan Partridge star Steve Coogan, with two nominations, is aiming to match David Jason's record of nine prizes.

The awards, which have a history of unpredictable moments, are broadcast live on ITV1 on Wednesday from 2100GMT.

Awards controversy
1. Spike Milligan swearing at Prince Charles, 1994
2. Caroline Aherne heckling Sir Nigel Hawthorne, 2000
3. Michael Barrymore removing Jonathan Ross's autocue, 1995
4. Julian Clary's risque comment about Norman Lamont, 1993
5. Ricky Gervais "bad taste" over wheelchair-using producer, 2001

Newcomer Marc Wootton, star of Channel 4's My New Best Friend, and presenters Ant and Dec. also have two nominations

Coogan, Rob Brydon and Martin Clunes are all nominated in the coveted category of best comedy actor.

Elsewhere, Felicity Montagu - Lyn in the Alan Partridge series - takes on Julie Walters and Ronni Ancona for best comedy actress.

BBC Two's acclaimed 3 Non Blondes are nominated for best comedy newcomer alongside David Walliams for BBC Two's Little Britain and Marc Wootton for My Best Friend.

Most awards
1. David Jason - nine (including three for Only Fools and Horses)
2. One Foot In The Grave (including one for Richard Wilson)
3. Steve Coogan - seven (two for Alan Partridge)
4. Graham Norton - six
5. Victoria Wood - six (two for Dinnerladies)

Ricky Gervais was crowned king of TV comedy at last year's awards, and his sitcom The Office won best TV comedy.

Gervais also picked up the best actor award for his character David Brent. Graham Norton triumphed for best comedy entertainment personality and best comedy entertainment programme for his Channel 4 show, V Graham Norton.

Full list of nominations:

  • Friday Night With Jonathan Ross

    International comedy show

  • Friends
  • Malcolm In The Middle
  • Will And Grace

    Comedy film

  • Adaptation
  • Calendar Girls
  • Johnny English

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