10 O'Clock Live. Image shows from L to R: David Mitchell, Charlie Brooker, Lauren Laverne, Jimmy Carr. Image credit: Zeppotron.

10 O'Clock Live

Topical comedy show broadcast live. The hosts are Jimmy Carr, David Mitchell, Charlie Brooker and Lauren Laverne

AKA:
Ten O'Clock Live
Genre:
Satire
Broadcast:
2011 - 2013  (Channel 4)
Episodes:
33 (3 series)
Starring:
Jimmy Carr, David Mitchell, Charlie Brooker, Lauren Laverne
Writers:
Charlie Brooker, Jimmy Carr, Lauren Laverne, David Mitchell, Dominic English, John Finnemore, Shaun Pye, Christine Rose, Jason Hazeley, Joel Morris, Colin Swash
Production:
Zeppotron

Following the success of Channel 4's Alternative Election Night in 2010, Channel 4 ordered this topical comedy show from the same team.

Hosted by Jimmy Carr, David Mitchell, Charlie Brooker and Lauren Laverne; this topical comedy show is broadcast live at 10pm each week.

Each presenter has their own section, and all four come together for some parts of the show:

Jimmy Carr delivers gags at the start of the show (and, in the first two series, performed sketches too).

David Mitchell chairs discussions and conducts interviews (and also delivered a monologue in earlier series).

Charlie Brooker takes an acerbic and cynical look at the week's media coverage with the help of video clips.

Meanwhile, Lauren Laverne chairs the team's round-table discussions on the big topics of the week. In Series 2 she also challenged viewers to think differently about topics in pre-prepared pieces.

The first series, broadcast in early 2011, took place on Thursday nights almost directly opposite the BBC's Question Time. Series 2 moved to Wednesdays, with tweaks to the format allowing each feature to be given more airtime. Series 3 stayed on Wednesdays, with further sections cut to allow for more time for the interviews and round table discussions.