Everybody loves a list….
Retro British TV channel Gold has named their list of the UK’s greatest comedy characters.
Steve Coogan’s alter-ego Alan Partridge emerged as the #1 choice.
The deciding list was based on both public and panel polling.
Even presuming it’s a TV-only list (sorry Charlie Chaplin), it leaves out big names including Alf Garnett, both Steptoe & Son, Mr. Humphries & Mrs. Slocombe from Are You Being Served?, Blakey from On the Buses, and Little Britain. Patsy Stone from Ab Fab made it to #26.
1. Alan Partridge
2. Del Boy (Only Fools And Horses)
3. David Brent (The Office)
5. Basil Fawlty (Fawlty Towers)
7. Rick (The Young Ones)
8. Fletcher (Porridge)
9. Victor Meldrew (One Foot In The Grave)
10. Frank Spencer (Some Mothers Do Ave Em)
11. Captain Mainwaring (Dad’s Amy)
12. Hyacinth Bucket (Keeping Up Appearances)
13. Arkwright (Open All Hours)
14. Rigsby (Rising Damp)
15. Mrs Merton
16. Malcolm Tucker (The Thick Of It)
17. Margo Leadbetter (The Good Life)
18. Geraldine Granger (The Vicar Of Dibley)
19. Sir Humphrey Appleby (Yes Minister)
20. Hancock (Hancock’s Half Hour)
21. Mr Bean
23. Ali G
24. Father Ted
25. Nessa Jenkins (Gavin & Stacey)
In 2012 TV Tonight readers voted Mother & Son’s Maggie Beare as their favourite Australian sitcom character and The Comedy Company‘s Con the Fruiterer as sketch character.