Mock The Week

It has been confirmed that topical comedy panel show Mock The Week will return for a tenth series.

Mock The Week will return on BBC2 and will be hosted by Dara O’Briain as per usual along with regular panelists Hugh Dennis and Andy Parsons.

Creator of the show, Dan Patterson, said, “What a year 2011 has been. We’ve had a referendum, a royal wedding and the discovery of the world’s most wanted man.  Unfortunately, that’s all gone now, but I’m sure we’ll get just as much mileage out of the Turkish elections, the England v Sri Lanka Test Series and the effect of inflation on utility bills. We can’t wait to get started.”

Guests for the tenth series will include, Chris Addison, Micky Flanagan, Ed Byrne, Greg Davies, Milton Jones, Ava Vidal, Stewart Francis and Zoe Lyons.

Tune in to Mock The Week which starts in Thursday 9th June on BBC2.  The show will air for six shows before returning with another six in September/October and a Christmas special.

 

The BBC is pleased to announce that hard-hitting panel show Mock The Week has now rejected the opportunity to form a coalition with Have I Got News For You and The One Show and chosen to go it alone in tackling the advent of a new Prime Minister, possible financial disaster and certain World Cup disappointment.

The show returns on Thursday 17 June at 10pm and early indications are that BBC Two’s top-rated comedy will continue with the unique policy of quiz, performance and topical discussion that has seen the series regularly pulling in viewing figures of more than 3 million and winning swathes of the popular vote on iPlayer and the BBC’s YouTube channel. It will run until mid-October, with a break throughout August.

Fresh from his sell out nationwide tour, host Dara O’Briain has resolved to form a workable panel of all talents utilising the established popularity of topical craftsman Andy Parsons, Outnumbered’s Hugh Dennis and star of Russell Howard’s Good News err… Russell Howard, alongside the sharpest talent from the stand-up circuit in a bid to give the people the strong satirical comment they deserve.

The show has also pledged to continue providing opportunities for the younger generation by showcasing rising stand-up stars such as Jack Whitehall, Kevin Bridges, John Bishop and Andi Osho in the way that it previously has for the likes of Michael McIntyre, Stewart Francis, Rhod Gilbert and David Mitchell.

When Mock The Week began way back in 2005, David Cameron was just a little-known Shadow Education spokesman, Nick Clegg had only been an MP for five weeks and Gordon Brown was a popular and respected Chancellor. The series is proud to have watched and possibly helped their various peaks and troughs in the intervening years. As a new era dawns, whether we face a golden, glittering summer of sporting triumph and economic recovery bathed in the blinding glow of Cameron and Clegg’s Camelot-style court, or a luckless, miserable season of sogginess overshadowed by the groans of a creaking coalition, rest assured the team will be present to reflect on the historic events with all the underlying danger of John Terry at a WI Christmas party and the inherent comedy of a Harriet Harman leadership bid.

Mock The Week 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. Suzanne Gilfillan is the Executive Editor for the BBC. It is produced for the BBC by independent production company Angst Productions.

 

Frankie Boyle has left Mock The Week to concentrate on other TV commitments, while the show has been signed up for two new series by BBC Two.

Dara O’Briain will return as host of the quiz and, as usual, the panel members will be drawn from the world of comedy.

Angst Productions series producer Dan Patterson said: “Frankie has been a brilliant member of the team since the beginning and the door is always open for him to come back. We wish him all the best with his other projects.”

In his newsletter, Boyle said: “And finally, I’ve decided not to do any more Mock The Week. I’ve done what feels like a good few thousand of them now and I feel I’ve mocked the s**t out of the week.

“I salute everybody there (salutes). I’m going to concentrate on next year’s tour and some other funny things I’m writing. Be careful out there everybody. Heil Hitler.”

However, can the show survive without Boyle’s acerbic wit? To be perfectly honest, the show felt incredibly tired in recent months, effectively propped up by Boyle. O’Briain is a fine host, however, without the vicious asides from Boyle, I fear he’ll look a little lost.

Andy Parsons is… well… a one trick pony and Hugh Dennis is far too sweet to hold a show on his own. Russell Howard is the weak link in the show and I’d go as far as to say that, if he appears on it, then it’s likely I’ll switch off or over for fear of yet another ‘nan’ joke or dreadful Lord of the Rings pun.

To be honest, the show will need someone as angry and as well loved as Boyle to survive. David Mitchell is an obvious candidate. Maybe Beeb bosses will look toward Charlie Brooker to fill Boyle’s angry boots?

Or, maybe, just maybe, the show will vanish after the next two series?

Mock The Week, BBC Two’s satirical panel show has been commissioned for a further two series Janice Hadlow, Controller BBC Two, announced today.

The acclaimed show, made by Angst Productions, combines the best elements of panel show, stand-up and improvised games with two teams of comedians taking a satirical swipe at the news and world events.

Dara O’Briain returns as host and each week will be joined by panel members made up of top satirical comedians, established stars and exciting new talent from the best of the stand-up circuit.

Janice Hadlow, Controller BBC Two, said: “Mock The Week is a major part of the BBC Two schedule, regularly delivering wit and energy to an enthusiastic audience. This two series commitment shows just how much we value it.”

After seven successful series, regular panellist Frankie Boyle will not be returning to the show due to other television commitments.

Dan Patterson, series producer at Angst Productions, said: “Frankie has been a brilliant member of the team since the beginning and the door is always open for him to come back. We wish him all the best with his other projects.”

Mock The Week is an Angst production for BBC Two.

Series producer is Dan Patterson, executive producer is Jed Leventhall. Commissioning executive for the BBC is Suzanne Gilfillan.

In a country ravaged by plague, war and financial meltdown, Dara O’Briain and his four horsemen are preparing to ride to the rescue this summer with the seventh series of smash hit topical panel show Mock The Week.

Returning on Thursday 9 July 2009, the BBC Two comedy maintains the unique mix of quiz, performance and topical discussion that saw the last series regularly pulling in viewing figures of more than three million in its 9.00pm slot as well as becoming a huge hit on the BBC’s YouTube channel and BBC iPlayer.

Fresh from their sell-out nationwide tours, O’Briain and the other popular regulars Frankie Boyle, Russell Howard and Andy Parsons will be joined as ever by Outnumbered star Hugh Dennis and the very best talent from the stand-up circuit to supply must-see satire.

Now a household name, Mock The Week has, over the years, proved an extremely effective career springboard for the likes of Michael McIntyre, David Mitchell, John Oliver, Stewart Francis, Mark Watson, Lucy Porter and Rhod Gilbert as well as a platform for established names such as Ed Byrne, Gina Yashere, Greg Proops and Fred MacAulay to flex their topical muscles.

There may be no Olympics this year but the team will be able to decide on their approach to Barack Obama and the current state of British politics as well as commenting on the usual tabloid scare stories, reality TV controversies and multiple British sporting embarrassments that occupy our summer months.

Mock The Week 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.

Suzanne Gilfillan is the Executive Editor for the BBC. It is produced for the BBC by independent production company Angst Productions.

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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