From comedy quiz shows to classic sitcoms, here’s our pick of the best comedy on Freeview this week.
Ministry of Justice
Friday 30 November at 11:05pm
This brand new hidden camera show takes a satirical look at the issue of crime and antisocial behaviour. In episode one, Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse (aka the show’s pranksters) set about tackling Britain’s drug problem by launching a fake drug dealing service, and introducing the UK’s first Designated Mugging Zone. If you’re a fan of BBC Three comedy ‘The Revolution Will be Televised’, this will be right up your street.
Saturday 1 December at 8:30pm
This year’s the 50th anniversary of Dad’s Army, a show about the British Home Guard during the Second World War. Fans – old and new – still regularly tune in to watch Captain Mainwaring and co ineptly prepare for the looming Germans. If you’ve never seen the show before this is a perfect episode to jump in, with a misunderstanding about ‘an evacuee’ causing all sorts of hijinks, allowing the cast to show off their wonderful comedic talents.
Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death
Sunday 2 November at 8:30pm
Aardman Animation very rarely disappoints, and this special half-hour episode is no exception. It follows Wallace and Gromit as they start their own bakery and although business is booming, one slight issue is troubling Gromit – a ‘cereal killer’ is on the loose killing rival bakers. Is Wallace next?
Packed with jokes, this special episode is the perfect remedy for a long day. And if you’re fond of the almighty pun – you’re in for a treat! There’s so many, you’ll struggle to keep up with them all, including the delightfully titled bakery ‘Top Bun’.
Will & Grace
Tuesday 4 December at 11pm
This ground-breaking sitcom won Best Comedy Series at the Emmy awards in 2000. The show followed Will, an openly gay neurotic lawyer, and his friend Grace, a straight interior designer, as they went about their lives in Manhattan. It was bold, and its storylines and jokes often discussed issues of divorce, dating, and casual sex, as well as the stereotypes of gay and Jewish culture. However, at its core it was just very, very funny.
In September 2017, the cast reunited and the show’s as funny as ever. If you’ve not caught up with the gang recently, Paramount Network are showing these recent episodes.
Beat the Internet with John Robins
Thursday 6 December at 8pm
Comedian John Robins hosts the show which asks members of the public to predict how search engines respond to a series of questions. It’s a bit like Family Fortunes for millennials, and much of the humour comes from the participants’ wrong – and often plainly weird – answers, as well as John’s witty put downs. There’s also plenty of jokes from John’s sidekick, deadpan comedian Sunil Patel. Well worth a watch if you wish Alexander Armstrong was a bit funnier on Pointless.
And if you’re heading over to on-demand……..
All six episodes available on All 4
Although there’s only been six episodes of Derry Girls, it’s already become an instant sitcom classic. The show, which follows a group of teens growing up in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, has struck a chord with people, thanks to its blend of Northern Irish politics, 90s nostalgia, and hilarious observations on family life. Most likely, your teenage self will relate to lines such as “Look, I wanted to be an individual, but my ma wouldn’t let me.”
Channel 4 has already confirmed there will be a series two. But if you’ve not seen the show, you can catch-up now on All 4.
All thirty-four episodes available on BBC iPlayer
Everyone’s favourite community leader is sure to put a smile on your face – although not of his long suffering family! The show, set in Sparkhill, Birmingham, follows British Pakistani Muslim Mr Khan in his quest to be respected in his local community. In many ways, Citizen Khan is similar to classic shows like Only Fools and Horses and Fawlty Towers. However, the fact that Mr Khan is a British Muslim brings an interesting twist to storylines, with stories about his attempt to have a traditional Christmas and his rivalry with mosque manager Dave.