Outnumbered tops Comedy Award nominations

The groundbreaking family comedy Outnumbered is leading the way at this year’s British Comedy Awards, bagging five nominations.

Funnymen Michael McIntyre and Alan Carr also have three nominations apiece for the event, which will be fronted by regular host Jonathan Ross, who pulled out last year in the wake of the “Sachsgate” scandal.

BBC1’s Outnumbered, which has been hailed by critics for its innovative partly-improvised style and believable performances, has earned newcomer nominations for all three of the show’s child actors.

Claire Skinner, who plays the Outnumbered’s middle-class mother Sue Brockman, is up for best comedy actress, while the show also features in the best sitcom category, up against Channel 4’s Peep Show, starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb, and The IT Crowd.

Webb is in the running for best comedy actor and he also has a further chance to bag an award for That Mitchell and Webb Look, which is nominated for best sketch show.

McIntyre and Carr will go head to head alongside Harry Hill in both the best comedy entertainment personality and entertainment programme categories.

Hill’s TV Burp scooped the best comedy entertainment gong last year, while Carr won the entertainment personality award.

McIntyre is nominated for best live stand-up this year, while Alan Carr: Chatty Man is also up for best new British TV comedy.

The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird, who won best male comedy newcomer in 2008, has sealed his success this year with a nomination for best television comedy actor, taking on Webb and Rob Brydon.