BBC One has announced its autumn schedules, with a few things to appeal to comedy fans.

Their big new sitcom is Big Top, an ensemble affair set in circus which features a  grumpy clown, naïve East European acrobat and cynical sound technician.

Britain's Got Talent judge  Amanda Holden plays ring-mistress Lizzie with an ensemble cast that also includes John Thomson, Tony Robinson and Hi-de-Hi’s Ruth Madoc.

Another new show is the self-explanatory Impressions Show, starring Jon Culshaw and former Coronation Street actress Debra Stephenson, which is described as a ‘warm-hearted new sketch comedy series’

Meanwhile, Frank Skinner and Lee Mack are to embark on a new version of Round The World In 80 Days.

But unlike Phileas Fogg, or even Michael Palin, they won’t have to go all the way round the globe, as they are one of six celebrity couplings each taking a leg of the journey. Other stars taking part in the adventure for Children In Need include Myleene Klass, Josie Lawrence and Shane Richie.

Returning shows include the stand-up showcase Live At The Apollo, hosted by a series of guests including Michael McIntyre and Jason Manford, another 16 episodes of QI and the much-anticipated third series of Gavin & Stacey.

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