Comedy panel show hosted by Rob Brydon, with David Mitchell and Lee Mack as team captains. Previously hosted by Angus Deayton
- Unbelievable (Working Title); Pants On Fire (Working Title); WILTY?
- Panel Show
- 2007 - 2013 (BBC One)
- 61 (7 series)
- Rob Brydon, Lee Mack, David Mitchell, Angus Deayton
- Angus Deayton, Frankie Boyle, Rob Colley, Dominic English, Dan Gaster, Ged Parsons, Steve Punt, Charlie Skelton, Aiden Spackman, Jez Stephenson, Simon Evans
Would I Lie To You? is a BBC One panel show originally hosted by Angus Deayton and now hosted by Rob Brydon.
Team captains David Mitchell and Lee Mack, with the help of two guests each, must hoodwink each other into believing that what is fake is true, and what is true is not.
The aim of the game is to fool the opposition into mistaking fact for fiction and fiction for fact. To do so, panellists need quick-wit and a poker face. Only those who can think on their feet will survive interrogation from the other team.
For example, Bill Oddie revealed he was saved from drowning by a character from Rainbow, Lorraine Kelly admitted she presented a live show whilst drunk, and it turned out Sir Terry Wogan used to set fire to colleague's scripts live on air. However, David Mitchell did not really kill a rat with his BAFTA and Nick Hewer was spinning a yarn when he described how he used to play ping-pong on the boardroom table with Lord Sugar.
The last series revealed that for three days running Des O'Connor accidentally ate cat food for dinner, Richard Madeley woke up one Christmas morning stark naked in his shoe cupboard, clutching nothing but two cans of fake snow; and Pointless 'brain box' Richard Osman once buried a badger with The Banker from Deal or No Deal. However, it was also revealed that Dale Winton did not used to go to sleep cuddling a potato, Lee Mack cannot tell if someone drinks tea or coffee just by listening to their stomach, and David Mitchell was not nicknamed 'TwoFlakes' by his local ice-cream man.
Our Review: One of the best panel shows on TV - Would I Lie To You? is frequently hilarious (and that's not a word we use often).
Perhaps the greatest thing about this show though is the interesting tidbits it throws up about our favourite comedians. For example, in the first series we found out Lee Mack was the stable boy for famous race horse Red Rum, Dom Joly was at school with Osama Bin Laden (no, really!) and Frankie Boyle is allergic to coins. Meanwhile the second series featured some quite unbelievable truths - for example, Michael McIntyre admitted he really has worn bronzing powder since he was 12, and that he once owned a car that would only turn left.
With Series 5 averaging 3.5 million viewers, the highest series average to date, the programme looks set to go from strength to strength. Some expressed fears for the future when it was announced that Series 6 would move pre-watershed, but with the initial 7 episodes achieving an average of 3.33 million viewers, such worries have been proven baseless.
A seventh series is now in the works. Peter Holmes, executive producer for Zeppotron says: "I would be lying if I said I wasn't delighted to be making a seventh series of Would I Lie To You? I would be telling the truth if I said that I gave this quote wearing only my underpants."