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My ten favourite comedy movies: ‘Doctor Who’ star Peter Capaldi

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Tom Huddleston

January is the bleakest month of the year, which is why we at Time Out have chosen to publish our updated, brand-spanking 100 best comedy movies list, bringing a little light and laughter back into the world. This exhaustive, definitive list, voted for by comedians, filmmakers and comedy experts, was first published back in 2011. But after five years we felt like it needed a refresh, so we tapped up a few of the hottest new comedians, tallied up the numbers and came up with a fresh new list (and, we reckon, a way better one).

He bent our ears with his foulmouthed tirades as Malcolm Tucker in ‘The Thick of It’ and ‘In the Loop’, now he’s bending time and space as the latest incarnation of intergalactic oddball Doctor Who. Peter Capaldi has been acting for a while – one of his first screen credits was 1983’s cockle-warming ‘Local Hero’, which sits at No. 94 in our list. But in recent years his star has gone supernova, with big-screen appearances in everything from ‘World War Z’ to ‘Paddington’. But what does this finest of thespians look for in a comedy classic? Here’s Peter’s top ten: 

1. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (John Hughes, 1987)
2. It's a Gift (Norman Z MacLeod, 1934)
3. A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935)
4. Four Lions (Christopher Morris, 2010)
5. I'm Still Here (Casey Affleck, 2010)
6. Ed Wood (Tim Burton, 1994)
7. The Big Lebowski (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1998)
8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, 1975)
9. This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984)
10. Broadway Danny Rose (Woody Allen, 1984)


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