We Need Answers - In The Press

This is the final episode of the modest internet hit No More Women. It's the "decider". Me and Mark Watson were locked at 3:3 coming into this and whoever won would "take all".

Written by Tim Key. BBC Comedy Blog, 22nd February 2010

James Walton reviews We Need Answers, BBC Four's irreverent quiz show hosted by Mark Watson.

Written by James Walton. Daily Telegraph, 16th February 2010

Tim Key challenges Alex Horne to a game of No More Women.

Written by Tim Key. BBC Comedy Blog, 16th February 2010

How hard can it be to break into the dictionary? Comedian Alex Horne recounts his long journey to linguistic immortality.

Written by Alex Horne. The Independent, 16th February 2010

"How could I commentate on the ultimate contest if I hadn't yet dipped at least one of my many many toes in the tepid but treacherous waters of the game itself."

Written by Alex Horne. BBC Comedy Blog, 11th February 2010

We'd like to see No More Women take off around the nation so I've teamed up with my YouTube friend Daveyboyz in hope of inspiring you to have a go too.

Written by Myles Dyer. BBC Comedy Blog, 5th February 2010

This was a tough game of No More Women played out by the lifts at the BBC (you can go on tours there where you catch glimpses of celebs/weathermen).

Written by Tim Key. BBC Comedy Blog, 2nd February 2010

We are launching the first ever (possibly) twellyvision experience. For, as the ninth episode of our glorious quiz airs on Tuesday night (at 10pm on BBC Four), we (myself, Mark Watson and Tim Key) shall both be watching and tweeting for your entertainment.

Written by Alex Horne. BBC Comedy Blog, 25th January 2010

On Thursday this week our very own We Need Answers found itself in the firing line of a report on public broadcasting from political think tank Policy Exchange.

Written by Mark Watson. BBC Comedy Blog, 15th January 2010

No More Women:

Mark Watson, Tim Key and Alex Horne have taken the no-budget irreverence of their BBC4 game show We Need Answers to the web with this intensely competitive name game.

Filmed in dimly lit rooms around their offices and the BBC, as well as on-set, No More Women features Key and Watson simply naming famous people in turn against the clock.

The trick is for each of them to create a new rule before their opponent's next go - for example "no more names with the same letter twice in a row" or for ruthless players, "no more women".

To enliven what is essentially a pub game, Horne wittily commentates on the action off-camera in much the same offbeat way as on the main TV show, incessantly layering on graphics and fact boxes.

And as the tournament has progressed, they've roped in T4 presenter Rick Edwards and Radio 1's DJ Nihal to challenge the regular players in some "exhibiton matches".

Broadcast, 15th January 2010

Si Hawkins grills comic graftaholic Mark Watson on his unsuitability for panel shows, empty-seat anxiety and that contentious cider ad.

Written by Si Hawkins. British Comedy Guide, 13th January 2010

Just so we know where we are, this blog is being written by me (Tim Key). I am a 33-year-old male.

Written by Tim Key. BBC Comedy Blog, 11th January 2010

So, after four tense head-to-heads between Mark Watson (losing) and Tim Key (winning), we thought it was time to take No More Women to the next level with what can only be described as 'An Exhibition Match'...

Written by Lucy McDermott. BBC Comedy Blog, 4th January 2010

Mum and Dad are bickering, your little brother's whinging and Uncle Errol has already set light to the cat. And its only 2:30! After the turkey's been eaten, what better way to top off Christmas Day but to play a light round of No More Women?!

Written by Lucy McDermott. BBC Comedy Blog, 21st December 2009

In spite of its faults, We Need Answers does sporadically spark to suggest this could be nurtured into a real gem.

The Custard TV, 16th December 2009

We Need Answers has gone largely unnoticed but it is a whimsical, gleeful delight - and the best comedy quiz since Shooting Stars.

Written by Julia Raeside. The Guardian, 15th December 2009

Tim Key on the We Need Answers game No More Women, and the distraction and cheating techniques he used to beat Mark Watson.

Written by Tim Key. BBC Comedy Blog, 14th December 2009

We Need Answers is now in its second series. This is an excruciatingly student-y comedy quiz hosted by Mark Watson, Tim Key and Alex Horne, which was transferred to television after proving a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe. Two celebrities (in this week's case, Vanessa Feltz and The Inbetweeners' Simon Bird) are quizzed on themed questions originally sent by members of the public to the text message answering service. Watson is the host and link to the audience, Key is the quizmaster (who is spat out into the studio on a railed leather armchair through a concealed door), and Horne provides supportive music cues, sound effects, action-replays, and homespun graphics from a laptop.

It's incredibly cheap, very silly, and not particularly funny. I suspect that by crossing over into my 30s, this kind of comedy has stopped looking hilariously anarchic and intellectual-but-daft, to just become annoying and puerile. That said, the trio behind it are aged 29-33, so maybe it's just me who's stonily bored by Shooting Stars-esque absurdity, particularly when it's in the guise of a cheapo '70s series. We Need Answers ran at the Fringe for two successful years, but I'm guessing it helps if you're a half-drunk festivalgoer attending the show in a live format. On television, it's another matter. There's a distance that Watson, Key and Horne can't bridge.

Dan Owen, Dan's Media Digest, 10th December 2009

Anyone looking for a glimpse into the post-credit crunch TV future needed only to tune in to We Need Answers, surely the cheapest TV show ever made. Inside what looked like a shoebox constructed out of orange and white cardboard, three blokes in cheap suits waved their arms about and shouted a lot. Yet even though it was done on a budget of £1.50, it was still way more funny than a typical 20 minutes of I'm A Celebrity.

We Need Answers doesn't really have a format, other than a mild crib off Family Fortunes. It just lures two (very cheap) celebs - first up Martin Offiah and Radio 4's Jenni Murray - and pokes mild fun at them. That it climaxed with Murray bellowing: 'Both my parents are Nigerian!' into a microphone to see how loud she could shout (105.4 decibels, since you ask) tells you all you need to know. It's fitfully funny, in an 'it's either this or trim my toenails' kind of way.

Keith Watson, Metro, 2nd December 2009

Series two of the show that's like a comedy quiz as seen in a cheese dream. On a blinding set dominated by a glaring, lo-fi computer screen, two celebrity contestants are faced with questions that have been sent to text-message answer services. Tonight: Martin Offiah v Jenni Murray. The random goofing is indebted to Shooting Stars and can feel indulgent and exclusive, although you can't argue with the hilarity of Murray being made to shout "Both my parents are Nigerians!" into a decibel-meter. Tilting his head strangely backwards, Mark Watson hosts.

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 1st December 2009

Here's the first No More Women, a series of videos we've made for BBC Comedy online alongside our new quiz show We Need Answers.

Written by Alex Horne. BBC Comedy Blog, 30th November 2009

If a certain radio show hadn't already grabbed the soubriquet of "the antidote to panel games", this show may have laid a claim to the title. Mark Watson presents a second series of the show in which two celebrities are faced posers originally sent in to a text-message answer service.

Scott Matthewman, The Stage, 30th November 2009

Tim Key, Mark Watson and Alex Horne from TV's silliest quiz face the sheer randomness of Wikipedia.

Written by Will Dean. The Guardian, 28th November 2009

Back when this ramshackle quiz was a bonkers night out at the Edinburgh Festival, the site of deadpan comic Tim Key (nearly) falling off his track-rolling quizmaster chair routinely had us in stitches. Now, said quiz, which asks ludicrous questions then asks text-messaging service AQA to answer them, has made the jump to TV. Mark Watson is the host and tonight's baffled guests are Julia Bradbury and Red Dwarf's Robert Llewellyn.

Sharon Lougher, Metro, 26th May 2009

This was a hit show at the Edinburgh Fringe and transferred well to TV. The Shooting Stars spirit of surreal madness with a cheap set, silly jingles, daft captions and nonsensical questions was fun, but having three comics all trying to muscle in on the laughs, made it a little disorganised.

The Custard TV, 13th February 2009

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