Miranda Hart was the big winner at the British Comedy Awards 2010/2011 last night, presented by Jonathon Ross live from the IndigO2 in London. Other winners at the ceremony, which was broadcast live on Channel 4 for the first time since 1990, included newcomer stand-up John Bishop Hart and long-time comics Harry Hill and Michael McIntyre.
Picking up the first award, presented by Dara O'Briain, was Michael McIntyre for 'Best Male TV Comic'. McIntyre wasn't at the venue, instead being presented the award via a live video link up to Liverpool where the comedian was taking part in the Britain's Got Talernt 2011 auditions. Writer, stand up and panel regular Jo Brand meanwhile picked up the award for Best Female TV Comic, saying: "I'd just like to say I've enjoyed working with everyone that I've liked!"
The next award was for Best Panel Show, with Phil 'The Power' Taylor and Lauren Laverne presenting Lee Mack, Rob Bryon and David Mitchell the gong for BBC One hit 'Would I Lie To You'. Asked to make a comment, Mack quipped: "I'd just like to thank the makers of Call My Bluff for not suing us!"
Miranda Hart then picked up the 'Best New British Television Comedy' award for her self-titled and self-written sitcom 'Miranda', while Harry Hill's TV creation 'Wagbo' stormed the stage to take his award for 'Best Comedy Television Personality'.
Next E4 teen hit The Inbetweeners picked up the 'Best Sitcom' award, two years after picking up the award for 'Best New Comedy' back in 2008. The funny show beat off tough competition from BBC's Miranda and The Thick Of It to pick up the gong, with the cast thanking the viewers for tuning in.
Roy Clarke then picked up a special award for Life Time achievement, presented to him by Clive Swift. Clarke, the writer behind such comic hits like Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours and Keeping Up Appearances, said on receiving the prize: "The thing about this one is... it's only for me... it's just very kindness. It means a lot, it's very kind. Because you're here it's clear none of you need my best wishes but they go to you, I wish you all the good warm feedback this industry can provide. Good luck to you all and thank you for this."
Charlie Brooker picked up the award for 'Best Comedy Entertainment Programme' for his BBC2 'Newswipe' show, beating off favourite Harry Hill. Thanking the BBC and the production crew, Brooker added: "I'd also like to thank Sky News for providing around 85% of the footage used in the show."
The cast of E4's Misfits appeared to present Horrible Histories with the award for 'Best TV Sketch Show', the first time in the award's history that a children's programme has picked up a gong.
Concluding the ceremony was the award for 'The King Or Queen Of Comedy 2010' as voted for by the viewers throughout the programme via a phone vote and presented by David Tennant. The title went to Miranda Hart, making it her third award of the night. Speaking on the stage, Hart said: "This is a joke right? I genuinely don't know what to say... I've just spat! I've actually just spat!"