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Someone once said there are two things certain in life, death and taxes. Well you can make that three, Top Gear on Dave. It doesn't matter what time of the day you flick on our premier free comedy channel there it is! I'm pretty sure Jeremy Clarkson is very happy with his franchise and repeat fees these days! Top Gear remains Britain's most popular TV show on many polls probably because of the channel Dave, today Britain's tenth most watched TV channel. Top gear is the most repeated show since Dads Army, and that's saying something. My understanding is as cast members die in these old shows like Dads Army it becomes much cheaper to show repeats. Quite a few people wish Jeremy was no longer.
Other popular and familiar repeats on the station include Q.I., The smug intellectual panel-show where our cleverest comedians are made to look even clever after receiving crib sheets in the post telling them the answers to impossible trivia questions. Posh fop Stephen Fry appears to already know those things but turns up ten minutes before the recording and reads an autocue and script. He is not as clever as you think. I hate panel shows, scripted easy money for lazy entertainers. Mock the Week is also on Dave and although appearing to be spontaneous it is also extremely edited and scripted. Have I got News For You is an exception to the rule as it is based on the weeks events and they do research stuff as it's very competitive, where as Mock the Week is really just stand-ups plugging their tours and shows.
Other popular shows on Dave are the excellent Red Dwarf (and the awful last two series) and Ricky Gervais Extras and the questionable Dragons Den. It was recently revealed that the Dragons invest in around one-in thirty of those entrepreneurs who make the show and often back out of those deals after due diligence. And of the businesses they do invest in over half fail. We never seem to see the other side of the coin. If my Dragon was on Strictly Come Dancing or going all around the country flogging autobiographies after berating me on national television for not giving up my full time job to concentrate on my business 100% I would be pi**ed too.
Away from comedy we have the lifestyle stuff like Lizard Lick Towing, Man V Food and Storage Hunters. Lizard Lick is about a redneck towing company that repo vehicles and enjoy getting in fights doing it. They play up to the cameras and you have never seen so many mullets. It's like a WWF audition tape, ham actors need only reply. Most of you know Storage Hunters where members of the public in America bid blind on the contents of storage garages after a couple of quick peeks at the contents inside (and also get into fights). Man V Food is up there with Storage Hunters and Top Gear for repeats and basically celebrates obese America's love of fast food as affable host Adam Richman shovels most off it down his throat through various food challenges.
Dave is really the repeat channel these days rather than the comedy channel as it rarely has new content on it. The Deja Vu channel then repeats it all again! Being a continuity announcer on the channel must be one of the most boring jobs in the world. Dave runs 24/7 so those repeat ratios are very high. There are some dreadful shows on here too like Not Going Out, one of those sitcoms that hang's on the stand up star in it being funny, in this case not, Lee Mack as humorous as cancer, a man who owes a lot to canned laughter.
There is a lot of Dave style comedy and lifestyle content out there that seems to ebb and flow around the hundreds of digital cable channels and eventually wash up on the shores on the island of Dave. That's not a bad thing as at least it's consistent and rarely puts out rubbish shows but it can be a bit samey at certain times of the day. I'm not sure who hasn't seen all of the episodes of Top Gear by now.
'Modern Life is Goodish' with Dave Gorman is fun new show exclusive to Dave where the irreverent writer looks at the erroneous world of advertising. Al Murray reruns are always fun. Sometimes they do showcase good stuff the way BBC3 does. It can also be the graveyard channel where poor stuff like The Gadget Show end up there. I kinda like Russell Howards Good News but the guy just too nice for comedy.
On the whole it's a good channel amongst many pointless ones and always a good 'go to' if nothing else is on and the rain is hammering down. It saves on the box sets and everyone can get the channel on freeview so no issues on cost. Check it out if you haven't already. It's named Dave as Dave is apparently Mr Normal on the street. Everyone knows a Dave.
Dave is clearly aimed at guys, however I am an 18 year old female and I love this channel.
The shows- Dave shows lots of replays of shows such as top gear, they show all the old series so there is a good chance that you will have seen some of the episodes already, however I don't mind this as it's still very entertaining. They show allot of comedy and have their own shows which are usually quite good and quite silly, Jo brands big splash is one of their most recent which is Jo brand (comedian) hosting a show which contains some stand up comedy from her and various clips of her taking part in water related tasks, you can't find other shows like this anywhere apart from Dave they are entertaining, funny and light-hearted. They also have other programs such as car shows sitcoms and real life shows. One new show that I really like is man vs food, it's basically a program that follows a man around where he eats large quantities of food and takes part in various food related challenges usually in America, I know this doesn't sound riveting put its just easy to watch and interesting.
Dave Ja Vu- The name speaks for its self really it's basically Dave+1 and shows all the same stuff but an hour later so if you miss something you can watch it on this channel.
Suitability- As stated before Dave is aimed at men however I think a lot of women would enjoy watching this channel. If you easily offended you might want to avoid it as shows like top gear always have a few comment in that people don't like, some of the comedy can also be borderline offensive as well, however if you want a laugh and something that's easy to watch then change to this channel.
Other- Dave is on free view so you don't need to pay more or get any special packages to be able to watch it. It also runs right through the day and night unlike some other channels that go off air at about 11. There are a normal amount of adverts, these usually occur around every 15mins.
I am a huge fan of comedy, from humourous quiz panels, entertaining Sitcoms to witty stand up. DAVE is a channel that provides all this and much more. I cant say I watch DAVE before 9pm as the channel is mostly appealing to blokes, broadcasting petrol head car shows such as Top Gear and Fifth Gear. If you are a fan of Jeremy Clarkson and James May, then during the day time this a channel for you.
After 9pm DAVE changes to a comedy fest ("The home of witty banter") presenting the best of british comedy. Since I don't have Sky or virgin media, I always wanted a comedy channel. I first started watching DAVE in 2007, drawn to shows such as "Red Dwarf", "Have I got news for you", "QI" and "Bottom". Back then there was not much variety as there is today. I am thrilled with all the new additions added, making this the only channel I watch lately.
My favourite sitcom ever "Black Books" (other than Father Ted of course) is a new addition to the schedule. You can tune in and watch this side-splitting masterpiece on Wednesday nights. Dylan Moran is fantastic as the sarcastic, chain smoking drunk "Bernard Black", The owner of a quient bookshop. Bill Bailey plays his faithful assistant "Manny", depite the cruel treatment he receives from Bernard. Manny's only protection from the torrent of verbal abuse is Fran, Bernard's drinking partner. I would watch DAVE just for this programme alone.
On Thursday, you can watch the hilarious "Men Bahavin' Badly" (another new addition to the list). I have not seen this programme in years and I am really enjoying watching them again.
After 1am (if you are still up) you can wake everybody else up by laughing at the terrific "Game on" starring a young "Ronnie Mitchell" (Eastenders). Her main character is a sexually driven women sharing a flat with two men. Martin is a geeky red hed, who is easily bullied into making all the cups of teas. Whereas Matt likes to think he is gods gift to women. Only problem is, he is terrified to go outside.
I was disappointed with the latest addition "Star Stories". This programme doesn't appeal to me at all. The show tries to ridicule a certain celebratity life story, but the actor they get to play the celebrity just isn't funny at all. I would describe it as a inferior version of Alisitar Mcgowen Big impression.
I was first introduced to the panel show "Mock of the week" whilst watching DAVE and I was instantly hooked. I adore the range of comedians on the show and my first encounter of the controversial Frankie Boyle. I remember watching Hugh Dennis in "My Hero" and I glad to see him back on my screen, as I think he is extremely witty. I much prefer this to "Have I got news for you" which is another panel show I like to watch. I would like to see Paul Merton appear in "Mock of the week".
"QI" is my essential programme to watch to help me win my local pub quiz. It also helps that "QI" amuzes me.
The above are all programmes that appeal to me and the reason why I believe DAVE is the best channel on freeview, but with a long list of new programmes I am sure you will find a programme that will suit you. If you have just missed your favourite programme, don't panic you can catch it on DAVE JA VU.
As with everything today, there is a downside. The adverts are extremely annoying, especially the pathetic jokes told by Brian Blessed. I love foxes, but I just want to shoot the specked hen adverts. I hate channels that interrupt the programme with adverts and DAVE is guilty of doing just that. DAVE is also guilty of repeating programmes, sometimes repeating the same 3 programmes over and over again in the same night.
What a quality tv channel!
With programs such as Top Gear, Fifth Gear, QI and Dragons den, its the ultimate 'man's' channel but it does attract the female audience too.
The best thing about this channel is that its on freeview so for the majority of people, they already have it on their tvs! With the recent addition of 'Dave ja vu', you'll never miss a program. Another great feature of this channel is its 22 hour days with just two hour breaks all day, all night.
Dave is for those who love a laugh with programs such as Mock the Week and 8 out of 10 cats but also tests your knowledge with abit of Q.I. Not forgetting the popular Top Gear, regularly played throughout the day for those petrol heads. You are guarenteed to see one of your favourite comedians on a variety of the programs such as Live at the Apollo. With repeats a rarity, its a top choice channel!
There's what seems to be a myriad television channels being aired these days, all fighting for out attention, but many are not worth watching at all, with some actually leave me wondering why they bother broadcasting at all.
Anyway, one of the better channels for some fine entertainment is a channel with a rather basic name indeed, and that channel is called Dave... yes, Dave, as in the Christian name Dave. Odd name for a television channel I know but then again it's got more oomph than simply calling it channel five I suppose.
And, like many other channels, there is a plus one which is brilliant named Dave Ja Vu... as in de-ja-vu.... Good ah.
* Finding Dave is simple and is just a matter of retuning your digital tuner if you have not already done so... It is broadcasted on...
Freeview ... channel 19 or for dave ja vu
Sky ... channel 111 or 158 for dave ja vu
Virgin media...channel 128 or 129 for Dave ja vu
** A BIT ABOUT DAVE...
Owned by UKTV (BBC and Virgin, which is why this channel shows so many old BBC programs).
Originally launched in October 1998 under the name of UK Gold Classic, then in 1999 it had its first revamp becoming known as UK Gold 2. Then in 2003 another change in name, this time known as UKG2, this name lasting for 12 months before being renamed UKTV G2. Then in 2007 the name changed once again to what it is known as today which is 'Dave'.
Dave is unlike a lot of other channels as it has it's own little catchphrase, which is 'The home of witty Banter'... memorable or what.
** WHAT DOES DAVE OFFER THEN...
As the catchphrase states, it is full of shows which are witty banter and all round entertaining, there is definitely something for everyone.
Some of the programs are...
* Top gear and Fifth gear for those petrol heads.
* Have I got news for you and Mock the week for those who are interested in old news events
* Red Dwarf for those simply wanting all round space madness
* Comedy sitcoms such as Bottom, two pint of lager and others.
* And a lot lot more.... (too many to list here without someone accusing me of padding out my reviews).
Basically, it is filled with a variety of shows which have been mainly shown previously on the BBC channel, (getting value for your licence fee here then).
** MY OPINION...
I only really started watching Dave over the passed couple of years, mainly as I really like a lot of the programming it offers, even if it is all repeats from the archives of the BBC, my favourite show being Top Gear and, god forgive me, Two pints of lager and a packet of crisp.
When I flick onto the channel I find it to be a simple channel to watch as it offers all round entertainment, showing something for everyone that watches.
As I said I particularly like watching the many re-runs of Top gear as I find most of them shows cracking and very funny indeed, and some days there are many hours of nothing but top gear on the television for me to veg out in front.
I know many people prefer not to watch continuous repeats of programs but as Dave is specifically designed to show repeats from the passed you know what to expect when you tune in, not like other channels which just show repeats to fill in the cracks between the dull shows they usually show.
And I also know that all the show aired are from way back and have previously been aired on the Beeb so they are not up to date, such as Mock the Week and Have I got news for you, so don't expect to keep up with the latest news from Dave, (try turning on Sky news if you want up to date news), the shows Dave airs are simply shown for entertainment factor and do a great job in keeping the audience amused and interested.
What else can I say about this television channel..?
It is an easy viewing channel with something for everyone, from car driving shows to news mocking team games.
Dave is without doubt one of the better entertainment channel which is happily aired on freeview so can be watched for free, (as long as you pay your television licence that is).
So if you're bored one day then give it a go, you'll soon be addicted to it...even if it does show more repeats than the BBC channels.
It's hardly surprising that a "petrol head" like me would quickly find himself totally hooked to a satellite channel like "Dave" where you get constant and daily repeats of cracking car shows like "Top Gear" and "Fifth Gear".
Dave is one of the hundreds of free-to-view satellite channels that have sprung into existence in recent years, but unlike many which obtain most of their content from crappy so-called comedy shows from the USA, Dave obtains the vast majority of its shows from the mainline British TV stations like the BBC. So as well as the top motoring shows which I enjoy so much and could literally spend the whole day watching Dave also airs repeats of many classic and highly entertaining comedy shows like "Little Britain", "Argumental", and "Never Mind The Buzzcocks". And, of course, they also repeat what is in my opinion one of the best shows currently airing on UK and Irish television, the superb "Dragon's Den".
If you want a full listing of all the shows then it's worth your while having a peek at their excellent website. (Just Google Dave) I believe that Dave is actually a new name for the station, and that it used to be called "UKTV Gold". But I personally think that Dave is far more memorable and inventive, don't you?
© KenJ November 2009
A UKTV channel Dave is focused on the male 16 - 35years demographic. The channel shows mostly repeats of BBC shows but has in recent months commissioned its own programmes. The channel focuses mostly on comedy and documentaries.
Mostly BBC repeats its staples include
Comedies; Mock the week, QI, Never mind the Buzzcocks, Argumental
Documentaries; Top Gear (kind of factual), Ray Mear's Bushcraft, Fifth Gear
Worth a watch?
The words repeat usually send people running for the hills or at least produce a loud sigh but they are not always bad. You are not going to find any up to the minute info (although some shows are original like Argumental) but the shows they repeat are popular well written shows. Top gear is now a worldwide success, which in my opinion is still funny, the second time around. The channel is good for a little light hearted entertainment, dvds of the shows show sell in their thousands so it is reasonable to suspect that there are people who would like to watch these shows for free.
I myself really enjoy the channel, there is nothing better after getting in after a long day than curling up on the sofa away from the cold winter nights and passing the time by watching some very funny shows. I would though say this, it is fun for a while but the endless repeats can get on your nerves after a while. A show may be funny the second time around but after switching on the TV to find the same episode for the 20th time it can get quite warring.
Dave can be found on
Virgin Media 128
Dave ja vu (Dave but an hour later) can be found on
Virgin Media 129
Dave is one of my favourite channels on the box. Many jokes are made at Dave's expense, Top Gear and Mock the Week having a pop about being repeated there for years to come.
The repeats however are the main appeal for me. The shows, which Dave 'chooses' from the BBC, are some of my favourite shows. These include Mock the Week, Top gear, QI and That Mitchell & Webb Look amongst others.
The reason I like it so much is when there's nothing else on I'm always able to switch to Dave and watch something that I'll generally enjoy.
The channels theme is quite old-fashioned I feel, but this is done on purpose I suspect. The backgrounds on which the schedule is shown reminds me of a mansion's wallpaper (no idea why).
The only downside for me is that programmes which were 30 minutes without adverts on BBC are now 40 minutes with adverts on Dave. Adverts are never good and I also think that small parts of the programme either side of the adverts are missed out.
Overall a good channel which has caused my 1 button (channel 111 on Sky) on my remote to become a little worn. I'm sure most people have had a look at Dave in the past and I would recommend everyone else to as well. I know it won't be for everyone though, because the programming is targeted at quite a specific audience.
DAVE is the ultimate man channel. The channel basically focuses around playing replays of programmes such as top gear, fifth gear, dragons den, mock the week etc. The channel also shows clip shows with funny clips.
Dave is available on freeview which is excellent as well as sky and virgin. It is a great channel to relax and watch on a sunday afternoon.
The main problem with the channel is the fact that they constantly replay the same shows so you will most likely find yourself watching the same thing over and over. Compared to most of the poor channels to get with freeview Dave is actually good.
There is another channel called Dave-Ja-Vu which basically plays the replays which Dave plays. Most of the time they just repeat what Gave has played, an hour later, which comes in useful if you miss a programme on Dave, or just caught the end of one.
Dave is one of my most watched channels on freeview. They play good programmes even though they are always repeats, and are constantly adding to the list of programmes they show.
The Dave Channel
Description: Dave, previously UKTV G2
Dave is available on Freeview channel 19, along with Dave-ja-vu on 25, and you can watch Dave on Sky channel 111. You have probably seen the chanel advertised with it's slogan of "Dave, the home of witty banter".
Dave tends to show lots of old favourites, so when it first came out, I did watch it a lot to catch up with things that I hadn't watched for ages.
Programmes include Top Gear, Dragon's Den, Mock the Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Who's line is it Anyway, QI, Live at the Appollo and Red Dwarf. The programmes do tend to be more geared towards men, but there is a good selection so it wasn't difficult to find something that I enjoyed watching.
Lately though, I have become totally fed up with Dave, simply because, they repeat everything again and again. I appreciate that repeating things a couple of times might be useful to allow people to watch the ones that they have missed, but the repetition seems never ending. In fact, it almost feels like once you have watched this chanel for a couple of months, there is no point in tuning in again, as all you will see will be the things that you have already watched.
It is a shame that Dave don't vary things a bit because it has definitely put me off. Even Mr Siamese has got bored with it now, and he watched it much more than I did.
3 stars simply because they do screen good programs, just far too many times!
Of course, it's the wonderful 'Dave'...the artist formerly known as UKTV G2. Not exactly the most exciting of sounding television channels, so they glamourised it...by called it 'Dave'...because everyone knows a Dave.
The concept of the channel is simply a station airing predominantly repeats of entertainment and comedy shows. It doesn't air 24-hours a day, instead it tends to broadcast until approximately 3am each night, and then restarts at 7am, with a bit of mind-boggling Teleshopping thrown in there for good measure.
But what does it show? Well during the day it plays repeats of entertainment shows such as Top Gear, Ray Mear's Extreme Survival, Trawlermen, Traffic Cops and Fifth Gear; all seemingly quite 'manly' shows aimed at blokes called 'Dave' presumably...
As the day's schedule moves on it tends to focus on the comedy genre, when shows such as QI, Mock The Week, Live From The Apollo and Have I Got News For You find time in the running order. These differ in age from being the previous series to being a few years old, and therefore a lot of the topical jokes at the time may not make sense any longer.
But don't let that knock the shows. the likes of the comedy shows above are award winning and feature high class comedians. The daytime shows such as Top Gear have also won awards and then have a deserved place of the schedule.
But then the problem lies with there are only so many episodes to go around and seemingly too many hours to fill. Therefore expect to see repeats of these repeats...hardly a great way to sell a TV channel but that's the bottom line unfortunately. However over the past year they've attempted to produce their own unique programming. They intriguingly have the coverage of the World Rally Championships and have begun making comedy shows such as Argumental.
Of course, if you only watch the channel sporadically then the repeats of repeats are nothing to worry about. I tend to watch Top Gear in the daytime if I'm at home and nothing else is on - generally I'll have seen the episode but if they're showing a quite old one it's always good to see it again, or if it's a really recent one then I may not have seen it. In the evenings I've become a big fan of QI having never really watched it during it's original runs on the BBC, and now they've started showing the likes of Spaced (see review of Spaced for more!!) then the more content the merrier.
It's available on Freeview channel 19, along with Dave-ja-vu on 25, and you can watch Dave on Sky channel 111. If there's nothing else on then you can generally expect something to be on Dave...or if there's something good on, expect to see it on Dave in six months!
Initially launched in 1998 as UK Gold Classics, then renamed UK Gold 2, then renamed UKTV G2 before finally being relaunched under its current moniker, channel Dave shows reruns of popular comedy and light entertainment shows. These are at least reasonably fresh, (by which I mean averaging a mere 3-5 years old) with the channel's current roster boasting' Dragons' Den', satirical news quiz, sketch show 'That Mitchell and Webb Look', Ray Mears' 'Extreme Survival', standup comedy-showcase 'Live at the Appollo' recent episodes of both Fifth Gear and Top Gear and the intelligent and entertaining general knowledge show 'QI' hosted by Stephen Fry.
There is also some filler however, such as ancient repeats of improvised comedy show 'Whose Line Is It Anyway', and there have also been some attempts by Dave at producing their own home-grown comedy shows, such as some godawful comedy panel show hosted by a puppet that was pulled from the airwaves within a matter of weeks. Then there was
the recent execrable final Red Dwarf "special"; a horrendous mess that was exclusive to Dave, prompting the channel to make up the claim that the show was named after Red Dwarf central protagonist Dave Lister when in fact it was made in reference to Trigger from Only Fools and Horses' penchant for greeting Rodney with "Alright Dave".
In summary then, whilst nothing remarkable Dave generally provides a decent mix of recent(ish) comedy shows and given the appalling quality of television in general these days this is not something to be sniffed at.
Dave is on channel 19 (freeview) or sky 111. I have a freeview box and Dave+1 (Dave Ja Vu) is on channel 25. The channel was previously called UK TV Gold 2, but it was renamed Dave as during it's relaunch it was decided that the programmes would be aimed towards men and 'everybody has a mate called Dave'
Programmes include Top Gear, Dragon's Den, Mock the Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Red Dwarf. All of these episodes are repeats, mostly of programmes shown on the BBC. More recently, they aired their first original mini series; Red Dwarf: Back To Earth which was set after the end of series 8.
Although it's aimed towards men, I really like the channel and it's quickly become one of my favourites. I know a lot of women that feel the same. They often have themed nights where all of the programmes will be from the same series. I really like this idea as sometimes all I feel like doing is vegging on the couch with a glass of wine and losing myself in whatever I'm watching!
The only criticism I have of Dave, is that they show a LOT of repeats. Because they don't make any of their own programmes they have a very limited choice and this does lead to them showing things over and over again.
I believe Dave is best described as 'The perfect channel for blokes' It's a testosterone fueled mixture of comedy, fast cars and tough documentaries, all that's missing is a program dedicated to pole dancing...
The channel was originally launched during October 1988 under the name of 'UK Gold Classics' since then it has changed name four times, recently switching name from UKTV G2 TO Dave on the 15th October 2007. UKTV stated they chose the peculiar name "because everybody nows a bloke called Dave" This rebranding was in conjunction with the service launching on Freeview, which made the channel more accessible for the masses. There is also a sister channel, called 'Dave Ja Vu', it is identical when compared to 'Dave' but has a one hour delay just incase you miss a certain program, or want to watch it again, if your a Top Gear freak for example!
It seems the majority of the programs on Dave originate from the BBC, although some are from Channel 4, such as Full Metal Challenge. It is now apparent however, some programs are now produced for Dave specifically, for example 'Argumental' and 'Batteries Not Included" are both only viewable on Dave.
I personally love the fun, witty image Dave portrays, it even extends to the channel commentator, he frequently slips in a few jokes or puns whilst introducing a program. The ethos of the channel seems to be to create a comedy vibe of which never disappears, even through to the early hours when you get in from the pub, only to find 'Mock the Week' on, get in! On terrestrial channels such as BBC1 or Channel 4 however you are treated to 'Big Brother Live' or 'BBC News 24', oh the joy...
Top Gear has to be my personal favorite program on Dave, it is, in my opinion the perfect concept for compelling viewing. On average two different episodes are played daily which is more than enough, anymore and i would become a recluse!
Perhaps the only minor problem is the sheer amount of advertising they manage to cram into a one hour time-slot, subsequently programs are often slightly cut in order to fit them in and around the adverts, this can be annoying!
Where do I start with Dave, well I would say that this TV channel is supposedly aimed more at guys but I love most of the programmes shown. Does that make me an exception, I don't think so, I would guess most women would watch this channel even if it was just for the odd programme.
I believe that the channel was originally called UK Gold Classics and it has been rebranded a few times before it settled on the name Dave as "Everybody knows a bloke called Dave" quite a novel idea for the re-naming of a channel. It also has the slogan "the home of witty banter" in which I would have to agree.
I enjoy most comedy and I especially have a fondness for comedy from the 90's like Red Dwarf. Very recently in April this year they showed the new three episodes which were entitled Back To Earth this was the first time the channel had showed an original programme.
To be honest if there is nothing on the other channels I know for a fact I can usually find something entertaining to watch on Dave. It does have the full package with a very good selection of both TV series and also quiz shows. Like with most channels there is the odd programme that doesn't really interest me such as Ray Mears.
This channel has many different shows on offer so for cars and motoring there is of course Top Gear which I don't mind watching at all mainly for the fun stuff as oppose to the test driving of the new cars on the market.
For quiz shows there are QI, Have I got News for you and Mock the Week which are regularly on in the evening.
You can also watch sketch shows so why not try The Fast Show, Little Britain or Harry Enfield and Chums both very entertaining, even though I have probably seen all the Little Britain episodes at least twice.
I also enjoy Live at the Apollo which has many stand up comedy performances for example by Jack Dee, Jimmy Carr and Dara O' Brien.
If you turn on Dave and a programme is half way through they have introduced a new channel called Dave ja vu which is basically the plus one hour version of Dave. This now seems to be a common occurance with most channels on digital television.
You can find Dave on Sky - channel 111, Virgin TV - channel 128 and Freeview - channel 19.
If you want to spend an hour or two watching some light and funny shows you should look no further and settle down to watch Dave.