Mock The Week - In The Press

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

Just two days after the agony of his Wimbledon final defeat, Andy Murray took his girlfriend for a night out - to be part of the studio audience for Mock the Week. Most stars in the Scot's position probably wouldn't have chosen to make an appearance at a biting satire on the week's affairs. But Andy had a ball - even when the jokes were at his expense.

Written by Stuart MacDonald. The Daily Record, 12th July 2012

The Mock the Week host reveals Viggo Mortensen's secret Malteser habit and why CBeebies won't hire him...

Written by Jack Seale. The Radio Times, 5th July 2012

As the panel show approaches 100 episodes, the host says it's "more fun" now it's less aggressive.

Written by Jack Seale. The Radio Times, 21st June 2012

BBC Two's veteran panel show Mock the Week returned with a decent audience last night (Thursday, June 14), overnight data shows.

Written by Paul Millar. Digital Spy, 15th June 2012

Now one of TV's more enduring topical comedy shows - thanks to its high turnover of original comedy voices and a keen eye for spotting upcoming talent - the satirical news quiz returns for an eleventh season. As always, Dara O'Briain keeps a loose grip on the organised chaos as, tonight, team captains Hugh Dennis and Andy Parsons are joined by Nathan Caton, Chris Addison, Micky Flanagan and Greg Davies.

Gerard O'Donovan, The Daily Telegraph, 13th June 2012

Flagship BBC comedy show Mock the Week has come under fire from Tory MP Nadine Dorries for featuring few female guests.

Written by Garry Lee. The Huffington Post, 6th February 2012

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