Steve Pemberton brands TV Baftas the 'c**ppest episode of Gogglebox' as he scoops comedy gong

STEVE Pemberton branded the TV Baftas the "c**ppest episode of Gogglebox" as he received a gong last night.

Inside No.9 won the Scripted Comedy award, and in a suitably funny acceptance speech Steve compared the prestigious moment to the popular Channel 4 reality show.

Dressed in a tuxedo top and sandwiched on a sofa with series producer Adam Tandy and its directors Guillem Morales and Matt Lipsey, Steve was delighted with the result.

He joked: "This is like the c**ppest episode of Gogglebox."

Becoming more sincere, he continued: "We are so thrilled and delighted to have won this award.

"We are so, so grateful. It's such a privilege to be able to go into people's homes and make them laugh, or shudder, or cry, or whatever. And we're so grateful to everybody who works on the show."

Show co-creator Reece Shearsmith attended the bash in person and took to the stage to pick up the award.

There were actual Gogglebox favourites in attendance too as Izzi and Ellie Warner dressed to impress on the red carpet.

The ceremony was dramatically scaled back and hosted at London's Television Centre due to the coronavirus pandemic and not everyone was a fan of its new look.

Piers Morgan called it "unwatchable" while some viewers cringed over Richard Ayoade's gags.

He tweeted: "This #BAFTAs is unwatchable, like every other awards show since the pandemic started."

It left some cringing behind their sofa cushions, with one writing on Twitter: "Awkward banter. Check."

Another tweeted: "this feels so… empty. i know it's because there's not a lot of people there but the atmosphere seems so off and awkward."

 

A third added: "The little laughs are so awkward I can’t do this."

Richard even joked about the circumstances himself, saying at one point: "In just two weeks, the national lockdown may be lifted, but why wait until then to have this show?

"I like things with no atmosphere."

As the audience laughed and clapped, he replied: "Thank you, it's good to wait three minutes to show any signs of appreciation."


He then made a jibe about the virtual audience made up of members of the public.

He said: "They differ from actual members of the public in that they may well watch this all the way through."

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