Mock The Week - In The Press

Mock The Week is celebrating its tenth birthday this month - and as it prepares to return for its 14th series, with a run of 12 episodes starting on June 11, here are 15 random facts about the show.

Chortle, 28th May 2015

A couple have been invited to a recording of Mock The Week after a producer of the show heard how it saved their lives. Rob Ellmore was alerted to a blaze at his house after staying up to watch the show on Monday night.

Written by Hayley Robinson. Kent Online, 11th February 2015

The BBC show's New Year's Eve edition had a parade of dick jokes. They're a mainstay of comedy - but isn't this supposed to be a satirical swipe at the news?

Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 6th January 2015

Jason Manford has said that he finds it baffling how offended people can get by jokes online and on TV, arguing that the best way to deal with people who decide to get offended is "ignore them".

Written by Alex Fletcher. Digital Spy, 21st November 2014

Right wingers need to stop carping about luvvie bias at the Beeb.

Written by Patrick West. Spiked, 11th November 2014

Marcus Brigstocke, the comedian, says the BBC needs to raise its game when it comes to satire.

Written by Tim Walker. The Telegraph, 11th October 2014

Top comedians do battle with hilarious one-liners on the topic of TV and films.

Written by Emma Daly. The Radio Times, 11th September 2014

He said: "When we started on Mock The Week we were allowed to cover the Gulf War. Last time I watched the first item was the Ryder Cup - and it had been rained off."

Written by Rob Leigh. The Mirror, 23rd August 2014

Despite the humiliation of the extremely concentrated 'positive discrimination' that women (including the public as well as comedians) are being force-fed with, it is undeniable that Mock The Week is a better show because of it, I just wish it hadn't been done so blatantly, before everyone's eyes.

Written by Becca Moody. Moody Comedy, 23rd July 2014

In time for the low-hanging comedic fruit of England's World Cup campaign, a return for the standard mix of mock-incredulity at everyday minutiae, repeated plunges into well-thumbed stand-up routines and hefty helpings of "epic" banter. This second episode of this new series has series mainstays Dara O'Briain, Hugh Dennis and Andy Parsons being joined by Rob Beckett, Gary Delaney, Josh Widdicombe and Sara Pascoe, the last possibly pressured to prove she's there on merit rather than due to a dictum from the BBC Trust.

Mark Jones, The Guardian, 19th June 2014

TV's self-styled "most notorious topical quiz show" Mock the Week returns tonight for a 13th season.

Written by Gerard O'Donovan. The Telegraph, 12th June 2014

We're now a mighty 13 series into the topical panel show, and Dara O'Briain remains adept at shepherding his guests' reactions to the news - part effective quickfire puns, part Radio 4-friendly cleverness and, yes, part borderline offensive nonsense - into a cohesive whole.

For the comedians who stand in front of Mock the Week's lonely microphone, this isn't a bad summer in which to start a new series. As expectant silence falls around them, the World Cup, immigration rows and the build-up to the Commonwealth Games and Scottish referendum are all there to be clutched at. Tonight, regulars Andy Parsons, Hugh Dennis and our cerebral host are joined by Milton Jones, Ed Byrne and Romesh Ranganathan. Katherine Ryan is the solitary woman.

Emma Sturgess, Radio Times, 12th June 2014

Does anyone actually find Mock the Week amusing? It's about as funny as mass genocide and is everything that comedy shouldn't be...

Written by Craig Campbell (not the comedian). Sabotage Times, 2nd January 2014

Stewart Francis says he has quit Mock The Week - and that he will bow out of stand-up with a tour in 2015.

Chortle, 29th November 2013

Jimmy Carr has defended Mock the Week after it was recently criticised by Ross Noble.

Digital Spy, 27th November 2013

Comedian Ross Noble has revealed why he has never appeared on BBC Two current affairs comedy Mock the Week - because he thinks the spontaneity is faked.

Written by Ben Dowell. The Radio Times, 28th October 2013

Stand-up Katherine Ryan has received vile death threats after a joke mentioning Filipinos on Mock The Week was interpreted as racist.

Chortle, 18th June 2013

At last fans of the topical comedy meltdown can turn aside from repeats on Dave and enjoy fresh comic meat in this new series. The rounds will be familiar - spinning the news, "Scenes we'd like to see" and so on - but the real laughs come from what are basically stand-up routines broken down into bite-sized chunks and delivered by masters of the art. Jostling for prominence with the regulars this week are Milton Jones, Josh Widdicombe and Katherine Ryan.

David Butcher, Radio Times, 13th June 2013

Rory Bremner, the comedian, has attacked BBC news quiz Mock the Week for being too aggressive and treating some guests with disrespect.

Written by James Hall. The Daily Telegraph, 1st January 2013

London 2012 star Rebecca Adlington has opened up to Digital Spy about Frankie Boyle's comments on her appearance, arguing that female celebrities "are criticised more than men".

Digital Spy, 13th November 2012

Susan Calman's new show is her most personal, political and passionate yet.

Written by Ben Williams. Time Out, 12th November 2012

The Frankie Boyle libel lawsuit saw three key witnesses take to the stand yesterday as the Boyle team made their closing case against the Mirror Group Newspaper.

Written by Tim Clark. Such Small Portions, 19th October 2012

Suzanne Gilfillan has told the high court that the joke Frankie Boyle made about Rebecca Adlington on Mock the Week was included after a discussion with producers.

Written by Josh Halliday and Ellis Schindler. The Guardian, 18th October 2012

Mock The Week star Dara O'Briain has revealed that BBC big wigs won't allow him to make jokes about Jimmy Savile on the show, after the late TV presenter was accused of sexually abusing children.

Metro, 13th October 2012

The topical comedy panel quiz returns after its summer break. Joining host Dara O Briain and regulars Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons and Chris Addison are guests Greg Davies, Andi Osho and Stewart Francis - the laconic Canadian one-liner specialist who won the award for best joke at this year'' Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his gag about Posh and Becks giving children a bad name.

Michael Hogan, The Daily Telegraph, 5th September 2012

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