Channel 4's "World's 50 Greatest Comedy Characters"

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  • aired 14 Apr 2007
  • 50. Smashey & Nicey (Harry Enfield/Paul Whitehouse)
  • 49. Dennis Pennis
  • 48. Dame Edna Everage
  • 47. Frank Drebin (Police Squad/Naked Gun)
  • 46. Father Dougal McGuire (Father Ted)
  • 45. Sir Humphry Appleby (Yes Minister)
  • 44. Miss Merton
  • 43. Larry Sanders (The Larry Sanders Show)
  • 42. Rigsby (Rising Damp)
  • 41. Lauren (The Catherine Tate Show)
  • 40. Harold Steptoe (Steptoe & Son)
  • 39. Cliff Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
  • 38. The Pepperpots (Monty Python)
  • 37. Waynetta (Harry Enfield & Chums)
  • 36. Hancock (Hancock's Half Hour)
  • 35. Daffyd (Little Britain)
  • 34. Dr. Guy Secretan (Green Wing)
  • 33. Niles Crane (Frasier)
  • 32. Lily Savage
  • 31. Miss Overall (Acorn Antiques)
  • 30. Frank Spencer (Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em)
  • 29. Captain Mainwaring (Dad's Army)
  • 28. Ted and Ralph (The Fast Show)
  • 27. Avid Merrion (Bo Selecta)
  • 26. Earl Hickey (My Name Is Earl)
  • 25. Ted Maul (The Day Today)
  • 24. Jerry Seinfeld & others (Seinfeld)
  • 23. Cockney Nan (The Catherine Tate Show)
  • 22. Pauline (Little Britain)
  • 21. Terry Collier (The Likely Lads)
  • 20. Roseanne
  • 19. Bernard Black (Black Books)
  • 18. Victor Meldrew (One Foot in the Grave)
  • 17. Borat
  • 16. Del Boy (Only Fools and Horses)
  • 15. Vicky Pollard (Little Britain)
  • 14. Rick (The Young Ones)
  • 13. Brian Potter (Phoenix Nights)
  • 12. Mark Corrigan (Peep Show)
  • 11. Wallace & Gromit
  • 10. Tim Bisley (Spaced)
  • 9. Fletcher (Porridge)
  • 8. Papa Lazarou (The League of Gentlemen)
  • 7. Eddie Monsoon (Absolutely Fabulous)
  • 6. Ali G
  • 5. Larry David (in Curb Your Enthusiasm)
  • 4. David Brent (The Office)
  • 3. Edmund Blackadder (Blackadder)
  • 2. Alan Partridge (Knowing Me Knowing You/I'm Alan Partridge)
  • 1. Basil Fawlty (Fawlty Towers)

Nice to see Fawlty and Fletch up this high...surprising to see Del Boy relatively low down considering the show's reputation. Though Frank Spencer would be a lot higher though! Been watching repeats of Some Mothers Do 'Ave Em on UKTV Gold when I get home from work, can't believe I've never seen it before. And no Albert Arkwright either...I know he wasn't anywhere near as popular as Fletcher but I thought he was completely different to Fletch, which shows Ronnie Barker's talent and versatility.

T'is a good list.