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The Unbelievable Truth

BBC Radio 4 panel show built on truth and lies. 123 episodes (pilot + 20 series), 2006 - 2018. Stars David Mitchell.

Another series is in development.

Press Clippings Awards results 2017

The winners of the 2017 Awards have been announced, with Inside No. 9 named Comedy Of The Year.

British Comedy Guide, 29th January 2018 Awards 2017 shortlist

The shortlisted TV and radio shows for the Awards 2017 have been announced. 60 programmes are in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title.

British Comedy Guide, 15th January 2018

Radio comedy can be such a turn-off

I try to fight it but the urge to tune away from Radio 4 at 6.30pm most weeknights is almost irresistible. This is odd. What I'm escaping is comedy and not only do I love comedy but a quick fix of it has become, these days, almost a necessity after listening to half an hour of news.

Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph, 19th April 2017 Awards 2016 winners announced

The results of the Awards 2016 have been announced. Red Dwarf, Upstart Crow, John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme and Taskmaster are amongst the winners.

British Comedy Guide, 23rd January 2017 Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Awards 2016 have been revealed. 60 shows are in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title. Voting is now open.

British Comedy Guide, 16th January 2017

John Finnemore: Good Dog!

Here is what I had to say about dogs, together with some extra nonsense which didn't make the edit. But to find out four of the five unbelievable truths hidden therein, you will have to listen to the show... The fifth unbelievable truth I am going to tell you now.

John Finnemore, 23rd April 2014

The Unbelievable Truth: can you sort fact from fiction?

Test yourself against a true or false quiz and soak up 20 astounding facts as set by the team behind Radio 4's The Unbelievable Truth.

Jon Naismith and Graeme Garden, The Telegraph, 5th December 2013

The Australians remaking The Unbelievable Truth for TV

The team behind the Australian sketch troupe The Chaser are remaking The Unbelievable Truth - a UK radio format adapted for television and championed by their comic idol, Graeme Garden of The Goodies fame - which has provided a rare mainstream platform for some of the biggest names (and a few new ones) from the local comedy circuit.

Holly Byrnes,, 10th October 2012

The comedic lies invented by the panellists to win points are good, but the unbelievable truths are even better. Did you know, for example, that George Clooney used to be an insurance salesman and that Oliver Cromwell loved a practical joke?

Jane Anderson, Radio Times, 2nd April 2012

Radio 4's long-running The Unbelievable Truth, basically an update of Call My Bluff, seems to be the exception to the panel show rule in its capacity to entertain. This isn't surprising when you consider it was devised by the same people who dreamt up I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Granted, it has the same rotation of comedians - Jack Dee, Rufus Hound and Lee Mack were this week's guests - and is hosted by David Mitchell, a Stephen Fry-in-waiting who appears pathologically incapable of turning down work. But what it has going for it is an intellectual curiosity that this week turned up such invaluable facts as the radioactive properties of Brazil nuts, Florence Nightingale's love for her pet owl and Indonesia's 17 million boy scouts. The Unbelievable Truth wipes the floor with the competition. If only it could make the competition disappear altogether.

Fiona Sturges, The Independent, 19th January 2012