British Comedy Awards

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The British Comedy Awards renewed its reputation for sailing dangerously close to the wind on Saturday night. The annual ceremony delivered a series of scurrilous digs at the private lives of celebrities present, with the host, Jonathan Ross, presenting Julia Carling with a video tape. He told her: "Here's the episode of Cracker you missed" - the episode which clashed with Princess Diana's Panorama interview, writes Decca Aitkenhead.

Jack Dee, the dry stand-up comedian, carried off the top award as television's best comedy personality. Michael Barrymore, Noel Edmonds and Chris Evans were named ITV, BBC and Channel 4's top entertainers, respectively, for the third year running, and Jo Brand took the title of best stand-up comic.

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