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British Comedy Awards 2011: Tube Talk picks our winners

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Christmas? What's that? Right now all we're concerning ourselves with is tonight's rather sparkly ceremony for the British Comedy Awards!

The big event's being broadcast live on Channel 4 tonight, but before everyone has a bit too much champagne and makes dodgy jokes about their competitors, we thought we'd scan our eyes over the shortlist and pick our favourites! But do you agree?

Best Comedy Panel Show
The Nominees: Celebrity Juice, Have I Got News For You, Shooting Stars, Would I Lie To You?
Should win: It's a bit of a lacklustre category, this. Have I Got News For You can still be funny, but can such an old show still be fresh enough to win an award? We'd probably plump for Would I Lie To You, mainly for the moment in which Rob Brydon and Nick Hewer shared a cuddle jumper. It's the show most likely to give us out-loud chuckles, and those are the best kind.
Will win: We'd guess either Celebrity Juice - which is bafflingly popular despite the presence of the awful Keith Lemon - or Shooting Stars (sympathy after its recent axe.)

Best Comedy Entertainment Programme
The Nominees: Harry Hill's TV Burp, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, An Idiot Abroad, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle
Should win: We're a bit torn here - Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle is reliably entertaining but we think An Idiot Abroad should probably take the prize for being a bit bizarre.
Will win: We're going to take a punt on TV Burp, which seems to keep everyone happy most of the time (though still gets the chants of: 'It's not as good as it used to be!')

Best Comedy Drama
The Nominees: Comic Strip Presents: The Hunt For Tony Blair, Fresh Meat, Misfits, Psychoville
Should win: This is a bit of an odd category - while we absolutely adore Misfits (and we really do), we don't really think of it as a comedy drama, though it has lots of funny bits (and we'll back it if it wins). We think this should probably go to Fresh Meat, which became one of our favourite new shows (awkwardly painful as it is).
Will win: We're feeling optimistic - Fresh Meat. Though Comic Strip could take it, if only for Jennifer Saunders's bizarre Margaret Thatcher.

The cast of 'Fresh Meat'

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Charlie Brooker

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Best Comedy Entertainment Personality
The Nominees: Alan Carr, Charlie Brooker, Harry Hill, Graham Norton
Should win: We'll have to plump for Charlie here - while the others are amusing enough, Charlie's the one who takes the most risks.
Will win: Graham Norton.

Best Male TV Comic
The Nominees: Charlie Brooker, Harry Hill, Rob Brydon, Stewart Lee
Should win: Again, we think we'd have to plump for Charlie, though we also quite like Stewart Lee for bringing something different to the comedy feast.
Will win: We think Rob Brydon might have the edge in this case.

Best Female TV Comic
The Nominees: Jo Brand, Sarah Millican, Miranda Hart, Victoria Wood
Should win: Another tough category - these are four heavyweights of comedy! We think Jo Brand should get the gong for bringing us the marvellous Getting On.
Will win: Miranda's the safe bet, though Sarah Millican could swoop in there.

Miranda Hart

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Friday Night Dinner
Channel 4

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Best New Comedy Programme
The Nominees: Fresh Meat, Friday Night Dinner, Spy, Twenty Twelve
Should win: This is a pretty tough category - we're big fans of Friday Night Dinner but it seemed to get a bit of a mixed reaction. Every show here had its moments, but we're going to plump for Fresh Meat.
Will win: Spy might do it, if the British Comedy Awards want to reward Sky for making more original stuff, but we think Fresh Meat's got a good chance.

Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist
The Nominees: Dan Skinner, Greg Davies, Micky Flanagan, Tom Rosenthal
Should win: We're not really sure who our top pick for this category is, but if we have to choose, we're going to say Tom Rosenthal for being funny in Friday Night Dinner and holding his own in the comedy stakes against established actors like Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird and Mark Heap.
Will win: Greg Davies has the might of The Inbetweeners to back him up, so he's a good shout.

Best Sketch Show
The Nominees: Come Fly With Me, Horrible Histories, The One Ronnie, This Is Jinsy
Should win: Ugh. This is a bit of a depressing list, except for one shining light - Horrible Histories. If it doesn't win, heads will roll! (We learnt that trick from Henry VIII.)
Will win: It's a toss-up - either This Is Jinsy for being zany or The One Ronnie for being, well, Ronnie Corbett.

David Tennant in 'This is Jinsy'

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Jack Whitehall

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Best Sitcom
The Nominees: Miranda, Friday Night Dinner, Peep Show, Twenty Twelve
Should win: See, now this is a tough category. And we're torn once again. We absolutely love Peep Show, but you could easily argue that it's starting to show its age. So instead we're just going to say it - we want Friday Night Dinner to triumph!
Will win: We wouldn't be surprised to see Miranda pick up the gong.

Best TV Comedy Actor
The Nominees: Darren Boyd, Hugh Bonneville, Hugh Dennis, Jack Whitehall
Should win: We're plumping for Jack Whitehall here - even people with the strongest anti-Jack sentiments saw their views switched around when they saw Fresh Meat. Sure, there was kind of the sense that he might be playing himself, but there's no doubt there was good comic timing going on.
Will win: We have a feeling Darren Boyd might take it for Spy.

Best TV Comedy Actress
The Nominees: Claire Skinner, Dawn French, Miranda Hart, Tamsin Greig
Should win: It's another strong list, but Tamsin Greig has been in some of our favourite shows this year (Episodes! Friday Night Dinner!) So we think she should be the one popping the champers tonight.
Will win: Miranda.

Who are you hoping will win at tonight's British Comedy Awards? Let us know below!

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