BBC America Launches Comedy Block

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BBC AMERICA is delivering a new generation of British comedy, showcasing it in a two-hour comedy zone called Ministry of Laughs, which will begin Saturday, June 18, 10:00-12:00pm ET/PT. Ministry of Laughs will premiere a group of award-winning shows, kicking off with some of the most recent irreverent and inventive comedies from the UK.

THE INBETWEENERS is back for a third season with more tales of awkwardness, idiocy and sexual misadventure from Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison). Now in their final year at high school the boys are looking forward to a new era of respect and credibility – and romance. Iain Morris and Damon Beesley are the creators, writers and executive producers. The Inbetweeners premieres Saturday, June 18, 11:00pm ET/PT.

COME FLY WITH ME is a mock-documentary set in an airport terminal, written by Matt Lucas and David Walliams (Little Britain), who play over 60 characters from flight crew and check-in to paparazzi and passengers. Come Fly with Me premieres Saturday, June 18, 11:30 pm ET/PT.

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER, created and written by Robert Popper (Look Around You, South Park, Peep Show), is a comedy focused on the experience of a traditional but not strictly observant Jewish family, the Goodmans. Every Friday night, brothers Adam (Simon Bird, The Inbetweeners) and Jonny (Tom Rosenthal) return to their parents’ home for dinner. They consider the weekly event a necessary annoyance – necessary because they get fed, and annoying because, well, they have to spend the evening with Mom (Tamsin Greig, Episodes, Green Wing, Black Books) and Dad (Paul Ritter, The Norman Conquests). Girlfriends are an issue – Jonny’s is made-up and not even the Internet can sort out a female for Adam. It doesn’t help that he writes jingles for toilet roll commercials. Friday Night Dinner premieres Saturday, August 6, 11:30pm ET/PT.

A returning favorite is the sketch comedy THAT MITCHELL & WEBB LOOK, which stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb and premieres Saturday, October 1, 11:30pm ET/PT.

THE THICK OF IT stars Peter Capaldi (In the Loop, Torchwood: Children of Earth) as the Prime Minister’s Machiavellian spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker, and premieres Saturday, November 12, 11:30pm ET/PT.

KATY BRAND’S BIG ASS SHOW is a parallel world of original characters and crazy celebrities with big egos and even bigger flaws. With the sword of truth and the shield of chaos at her side, Katy Brand takes on the entire entertainment industry, swills it around in her brain and then spits it out. The show premieres Saturday, January 7, 2012, 11:30pm ET/PT.

The comedy PEEP SHOW follows the private worlds of Mark (David Mitchell) and Jeremy (Robert Webb), two twenty-something room-mates living in London as the dysfunctional duo try in vain to grow up. It premieres Saturday, March 31, 2012, 11:30pm ET/PT.

And finally, THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW, a comedy talk show, already has returned to kick off the first hour of the Ministry of Laughs at 10:00pm.

What do you think of this list of shows? Have you watched any of them? Tell us which ones are worth watching!