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Outnumbered picks up 5 nominations for the British Comedy Awards

18th November 2009

Family comedy Outnumbered has led the way at this year's British Comedy Awards, picking up five nominations. Hugh Dennis plays the father in the show hailed for its groundbreaking partly-improvised style and believable performances.

All three of the BBC One comedy's child stars have earned newcomer nods and Claire Skinner who plays mother Sue Brockman has earned a best actress nomination.

The show will also compete against Channel 4's Peep Show and The IT Crowd in the best sitcom category.  

Funnymen Michael McIntyre and Alan Carr will also have high hopes for awards, with three nominations apiece.

They are up against Harry Hill in both the best comedy entertainment personality and entertainment programme categories.

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

The best actor category sees competition between Rob Brydon for the Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special, The Inbetweeners' Simon Bird and Robert Webb for Peep Show.

Sacha Baron Cohen's controversial movie Bruno and In The Loop - the movie spin-off of the BBC's dark political comedy The Thick of It - are both up for best film.

The BBC Three comedy, Pulling, about three hard-drinking 30-something women is up for best television comedy drama against Big Brother zombie drama Dead Set and Psychoville.

Last year's comedy panel show winners QI will be up against Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week to retain the title.

Jonathan Ross is returning to host the awards after pulling out of last year's ceremony following his BBC suspension over prank phone calls he made with Russell Brand to Andrew Sachs on Brand's Radio 2 show.
The awards, which will be held in London on 12 December, will be televised on ITV1 and ITV2.

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