This was quite disappointing.
The most surprising thing was that Fern was *good*, better than the others, who are all professional comedians/comic actors.
What this show needed was some of the talent you can see at the Comedy Store improvising twice a week (mainly the old Whose Line guys, amongst others). The problem was that I presume ITV wanted recognisable (ITV) stars.
Even Paul was a letdown, I was thinking "and now watch the master", but it was pretty weak too, far from the quick-witted mind I've seen live and on HIGNFY.
The format was diluted by the introductions, interviews etc, but stretching the minimum material to the maximum screen time seems to be the norm in this age (thank you reality shows). Unnecessary in a show like this, it's not as if there would be vast writing or filming expenses incurred by upping the content and losing the filler, it's improvisation for god sake.
I was hopeful for this series having watched the Australian clips, but it's all down to the guest bookings in the end.