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Cult sitcom heads comedy nominees
Matthew Horne and Joanna Page in Gavin and Stacey
All of Gavin and Stacey's lead actors have been shortlisted
BBC Three sitcom Gavin and Stacey is up for seven prizes at the British Comedy Awards - more than any other programme.

The show has been shortlisted in five categories, among them best TV comedy and best new British TV comedy.

Cast member Ruth Jones, meanwhile, is up for best TV comedy actress and best female comedy newcomer.

This year's awards, hosted by Jonathan Ross, will take place on 5 December - despite continuing uncertainty whether it will be aired on ITV1 as usual.

Alleged irregularities with a public phone vote in 2005 led ITV to suspend its coverage of the annual event.

Jones - whose work in BBC Two's Saxondale has also been recognised - faces competition from Catherine Tate in the comedy actress category.

Double act

TV veteran Liz Smith has also been nominated for her role in Royle Family special The Queen of Sheba.

Stand-up Jack Dee is up for the best TV comedy actor prize for his role in BBC Four sitcom Lead Balloon.

Jonathan Ross
TV presenter Jonathan Ross will host this year's ceremony
Other candidates include Channel 4's Friday Night Project double act Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins - nominated together for the best comedy entertainment personality prize - and QI host Stephen Fry.

But there are no nominations for Ant and Dec, whose victory in 2005's People's Choice award prompted an internal investigation.

ITV hired law firm Olswang to probe allegations that viewers had been encouraged to vote in the category in a section of the programme broadcast with a half-hour time delay.

In reality, the winner of the award - Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway - had already been announced.

ITV has said it would not comment on the matter until the investigation was concluded.

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