Fawlty Towers Named Best British Sitcom Of All Time By Comedians

They also pick the best comedy characters and one-liner

Fawlty Towers has been voted the best British sitcom of all time in a survey of British comedians, comedy writers and actors.

The 1970s sitcom scored a third of the comedians' vote ahead of I'm Alan Partridge, Blackadder and Father Ted.

David Baddiel, Alexei Sayle and Jenny Eclair were among the 100 professional comics surveyed for their favourite shows, characters, actors and one-liners.

Steve Coogan's alter-ego Alan Partridge and Joana Lumley's irrepressible Patsy Stone from Absolutely Fabulous were named the most popular male and female TV comedy characters.

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A scene in which Partridge uncovers a room dedicated to himself at a superfan/stalker's house topped best ever British comedy scene.

Dad's Army was voted for best one-liner during the memorable scene character Pike is asked for his name by a German prisoner and Captain Mainwaring gives the classic response: "Don't tell him, Pike."

The survey was conducted by TV network Gold ahead of the launch of series We Have Been Watching.

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Comedy critic Bruce Dessau, who compiled the survey, has since said: "We are well-known across the world for our 'British sense of humour', which is shown at its best in many of our best-loved and timeless comedy classics.

"The art of comedy is almost impossible to define, but many of these characters, lines and sitcoms are brilliant examples of the very best in the history of British TV comedy - many of which can all be enjoyed again in a fresh take on the new series We Have Been Watching, as some of the top comedy folk share their views on the funniest moments telly has to offer."