The Bubble. David Mitchell. Image credit: Hat Trick Productions.

The Bubble

David Mitchell hosts this show in which panellists are shut away from the news for four days before having to guess which topical stories are real

In The Bubble (Working Title)
Panel Show
2010  (BBC Two)
6 (1 series)
David Mitchell
Colin Swash
Hat Trick Productions

The Bubble, based on a format from Israel, is a satirical panel game where the panel have no idea what is going on. This is because they have been locked away in a country house for four days before the show, with no phone, TV or internet access.

Hosted by David Mitchell, The Bubble is a comedy quiz which plays on the fact that some news stories are so hard to believe you'd think they'd been made up for a joke... some of them have, but some of them haven't!

Three celebrity contestants are locked away in a media-free zone for four days - The Bubble. When they're brought into the studio they are shown a series of news reports and images from TV, newspapers and celebrity gossip magazines. All they have to do is identify the true stories from the fakes. However, because they've been away and out of touch - just like when you come back from holiday - they'll believe almost anything.

David Mitchell comments: "It's a damning indictment of the state of the world and our society that so many prominent and talented people are willing to isolate themselves from it, if only for a few days. But it's good news for The Bubble. My only worry is: 'What if they refuse to come out?'"

Our Review: There seemed to be a couple of weaknesses with this format (for example, the news reports were too long and boring), but there was definitely potential in The Bubble - the biggest laughs came when the witty host and his guests left the gameshow element behind and headed off on a tangent... so, given another series, this could become a hit formula.

Sadly it doesn't look like there will be any more though. In January 2011 David Mitchell, whilst talking about his new show 10 O'Clock Live said: "Unfortunately, I basically did this series instead, much as I really enjoyed doing The Bubble - and I did want to do it again. But the BBC wanted it at the same time as this, so I was faced with a straight choice. I thought 10 O'Clock Live seemed higher risk, but also with higher potential excitement... if it works."