Controversial comedian Sacha Baron Cohen honoured at British Comedy Awards (acceps gong as Ali G)

Sacha Baron Cohen has been honoured with an outstanding achievement gong at the British Comedy Awards in London.

It comes 13 years after he won best newcomer at the event, which was aired on Channel 4 on Wednesday night.


  • Male TV comic - Lee Mack
  • Female TV comic - Jo Brand
  • TV comedy actor - Peter Capaldi
  • TV comedy actress - Rebecca Front
  • Comedy Entertainment Personality - Charlie Brooker
  • Comedy Entertainment Programme - Harry Hill's TV Burp
  • Sitcom - Hunderby
  • New comedy programme - Hunderby
  • Comedy Breakthrough Artist - Morgana Robinson

Black Mirror writer and 10 O'clock Live presenter Charlie Brooker took home best entertainment personality.

Lee Mack was voted best male TV comic and Jo Brand best female, with Morgana Robinson named as breakthrough artist for her celebrity impersonations.

Best entertainment programme went to Harry Hill's TV Burp, which has now finished, marking its fourth award in seven straight years of nominations.

Hunderby, a period comedy set in the 1800s, written by and starring Nighty-Night creator Julia Davis, took home two statues, one for best sitcom and the other for best new comedy programme.

Rebecca Front won her first British Comedy prize, best TV actress, for her role as hapless government minister Nicola Murray in The Thick Of It.

It was the first of two prizes for the political fly-on-the-wall series as Peter Capaldi took home best TV actor for his portrayal of political spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker.

As previously announced, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer were awarded the prestigious Writers Guild of Great Britain accolade for their surreal brand of comedy, marking the fourth British Comedy award in their collection.