Below is everything you need to know about this evening, including the menu and wine, and your host.
7pm: Champagne reception, where you can network and catch up with colleagues, clients and peers
8pm: Dinner. Three courses, including wine
9.45pm: Speeches, then the host will take to the stage
10.00pm: Awards ceremony. It’s time!
Heritage Beetroot, Goat’s Cheese & Caramelised Fig Salad (v)
Served with pickled walnuts
Peppered Sirloin Beef
Served with confit onion, fondant potato, carrot, broccoli and a beef jus
Cauliflower Steak (v)—Must be ordered in advance
Served with salted grapes, golden raisin, capers and polenta
White chocolate parfait and raspberry bonbon (v)
With biscuit crumb and a mint syrup
White wine: Artolas White, Vidigal Portugal
Refreshing nose with tropical fruit & citrus note with emphasis on the passion fruit character. The palate is bright with mineral notes and a long, lemony finish.
Red wine: Artolas Red, Vidigal Portugal
Bright ruby colour with a mature bouquet with red cherry, flowers and earthy notes. Elegant spiciness, medium body with a delicate finish.
Host: Lucy Porter
Since 2001, Lucy has been a huge hit with comedy audiences up and down the country and internationally with her distinctive, bouncy, feel-good comedy.
Lucy is a regular face and voice on TV and radio panel shows. Most recently, you may have seen her emerge victorious from a well-fought battle for the title of Celebrity Mastermind Champion in a special edition of the show for Children in Need. Lucy fended off stiff competition from Mark Watson and Dave Spikey and broke records by achieving the highest ever celebrity score. She has also appeared on two series of Mock the Week, two series of Argumental for the Dave Channel, Have I got News for You, Clive Anderson’s Chat Room, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and What the Dickens? On Radio 4. She is team captain on the popular Act Your Age, where she gets to work alongside such showbiz luminaries as Roy Walker and Barry Cryer. She can also be heard on The Personality Test and ‘The Unbelievable Truth’.
Lucy has also turned her hand to acting. She played the leading role in Guy Jenkin’s (Outnumbered and Drop the Dead Donkey) new sitcom pilot, Fried Brain Sandwich. She also stars in three five minute vignettes entitled Lucy Loves You, a series of mini sitcom episodes about her bizarre home life. The show features puppets, live bands, and Lucy having intimate relations with a bear and are available to watch on YouTube.
Lucy has also played Nurse Flinn, in the critically acclaimed, box-office record breaking run of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest in Edinburgh and London’s West End, alongside Christian Slater. She also acted in BBC 2’s Broken News.
She remains among the most sought-after comedy writers in Britain and was one of the lead writers on ITV1’s prime-time Sunday night satirical animation series, Headcases. She’s been responsible for turning Dames Helen Mirren and Judi Dench into mouthy Croydon girls, Robert Mugabe into a West Country farmer, and Angelina Jolie into an evil sweatshop gangmaster.
Lucy has also moved into the world of film and she (along with Green Wing writers Fay Rusling and Oriane Messina) has a feature script (working title Queen of Comedy) on the development slate at leading Brit film company Warp X.