Cardinal Burns

Cardinal Burns is a British television sketch show starring Seb Cardinal (born 1973 or 1974) and Dustin Demri-Burns (born July 1978). The first series began on 8 May 2012 on E4, before moving to Channel 4 for the second series in 2014.[1]

Cardinal Burns
GenreSketch comedy
Written bySeb Cardinal
Dustin Demri-Burns
Matt Morgan
Keith Mottram
Directed byBen Taylor
StarringSeb Cardinal
Dustin Demri-Burns
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes12
Executive producer(s)Andy Harries
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time29 mins
Production company(s)Left Bank Pictures
Original networkE4 (series 1)
Channel 4 (series 2)
Original release8 May 2012 (2012-05-08) 
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Series 1 (2012)

Recurring characters included The Office Flirt, a pair of Cockney cabbies, and a middle-class spoken word poet, alongside parodies of Banksy and "scripted reality" programmes such as The Hills and Made in Chelsea.

Ensemble cast members for this series were Bridget Christie, James Puddephatt, Ronnie Lushington, Aisling Bea, Fiona Button, Lucinda Dryzek, Jeff Wode, Simon Coombs, Ayuk Marchant, Clare Warde, William Hartley, Terence Maynard and Travis Oliver.

Series 2 (2014)

Cardinal Burns was renewed by Channel 4 for a second series in September 2012.[2] On 10 May 2013, Channel 4 confirmed that the show would move from E4. The second series began airing on 30 April 2014.


  • 2012: British Comedy Awards, Cardinal Burns was nominated for "Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist", "Best New Comedy Programme", and won the "Best Sketch Show" award.[3]
  • 2013: Broadcast Awards, Cardinal Burns won "Best Multichannel Programme" and "Best Comedy Programme"
  • 2013: Loaded LAFTA Awards, Cardinal Burns won for "Funniest TV Show"
  • 2013: BAFTA Nomination for "Best Comedy"


The series received generally positive reviews.[4] The Guardian praised the characters and performances and called the show "refreshing",[5] The Independent on Sunday said the show was "sharply written [and] nicely paced",[6] and The Metro found it "original and funny".[7] the Daily Mail, on the other hand disliked the show and said "half an hour of Chinese burns from an angry gorilla would've been less painful".[8]


  1. "Cardinal Burns Series 2 confirmed for Channel 4 move". British Comedy Guide. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  2. "Cardinal Burns to return for second series". British Comedy Guide. 17 September 2012.
  3. "The British Comedy Awards – The British Comedy Awards". Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  4. "Cardinal Burns – Reviews and Press Articles". The British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  5. Wollaston, Sam (3 May 2012). "TV review: Cardinal Burns; Great Ormond Street". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  6. Epstein, Robert (13 May 2012). "Prisoners of War, Sky Arts 1, Thursday, Episodes, BBC2, Friday Cardinal Burns, E4, Tuesday". The Independent on Sunday. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  7. Watson, Keith (3 June 2012). "Cardinal Burns could save the British comedy duo". Metro. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  8. Hyland, Ian (3 June 2012). "BBC Planet Earth Live by IAN HYLAND: Who wants to watch a Hamster in the jungle?". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
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