Mock The Week Season 5 on BBC Two Returns

BBC Two‘s topical satirical quiz show Mock The Week returns for a fifth series this summer, this time for a 12-week run.

Regularly attracting more than 3 million viewers a week, Mock The Week has made a name for itself as the show for nurturing new talent and the place where the sharpest comic minds in the business do battle.

This new series will form the mainstay of BBC Two’s Thursday night comedy line-up over the summer months, from mid-July to the end of September.

Blending panel show elements with stand-up comedy, off-the-cuff games and role-play, Mock The Week is hosted by Ireland’s finest comedian Dara O’Briain.

The resident panelists are multi-talented actor/comedian Hugh Dennis, the Scottish master of comedy’s dark arts, Frankie Boyle, the lightening-fast Russell Howard, and one of Britain’s most insightful and cutting comedians, Andy Parsons.

During the series they will be joined by the most exciting and energetic new talent from the stand-up circuit as well as some of Britain’s finest established comedians.

Up-and-coming comedians who have appeared on previous series include Peep Show’s David Mitchell, John Oliver (now on John Stewart’s The Daily Show) and award-winning writer and comedian Mark Watson. Seasoned performers have included Rory Bremner, Jo Brand, Clive Anderson and Al Murray.

Each week, in front of a live studio audience, Dara O’Briain tests the wits of the comedians through a series of topical rounds based on the week’s news.

The show was created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, the creative force behind the iconic improvisation based show Whose Line Is It Anyway? which ran for ten years on British TV before successfully transferring to the United States.

Mock The Week is produced for BBC Two by independent production company Angst Productions.

Dan Patterson, Series Producer, says: “I feel very humble that Gordon Brown will become Prime Minister just in time for the fifth series of Mock The Week, I hope he’s a big fan.”

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