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Kay dishes up best TV one-liner
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Peter Kay plays nightclub owner Brian Potter in Phoenix Nights
A line from Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights - "Garlic bread, it's the future, I've tasted it" - has been named the best comic one-liner in an online poll.

The quote by Kay's character, Brian Potter, was voted top by a poll of 4,000 people commissioned by UKTV Gold.

In second place was a line from the Mrs Merton Show starring Caroline Aherne, who famously asked Debbie McGee why she married magician Paul Daniels.

"So, what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?"

Ricky Gervais' David Brent from The Office came third with one of many lines he used in a vain attempt to impress his employees.

"If you were to ask me to name three geniuses, I probably wouldn't say Einstein, Newton... I'd go Milligan, Cleese, Everett, Sessions...".

Other programmes to feature in the top 50 include Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Only Fools and Horses, I'm Alan Partridge and Blackadder.

Voters were asked to choose their favourite one-liners from a shortlist of 50 picked from British comedy shows, past and present.

"The poll shows that lines from more recent comedy series are just as fondly remembered and quoted by members of the public as those from years ago," said UKTV Gold's channel head, James Newton.

"The one-liners on this list come from a real mix of characters and are memorable for being sharp and utterly hilarious," he added.

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