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8 Out Of 10 Cats. Image shows from L to R: Rob Beckett, Jimmy Carr, Aisling Bea. Copyright: Zeppotron.

8 Out Of 10 Cats

More4 and Channel 4 panel show based around statistics. 179 episodes (19 series), 2005 - 2017. Stars Jimmy Carr, Rob Beckett, Aisling Bea, Sean Lock and others.

Next new episode is on tomorrow at 10pm. Series 19, Episode 5
Catch-up on Episode 4 on All 4   , Episode is repeated on 4Music today at 9pm

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Joke's over: how the TV panel show fell from grace

In their day, there was something intoxicating about the no-holds-barred panel show back-and-forth. But there seems to be little room for it in a society that has begun to appreciate empathy - and neither, conversely, in a more brutal political climate that is not particularly suitable for dissecting for cheap laughs. Perhaps, when the world lightens up again, they'll be back.

Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian, 29th November 2016

The lowbrow HIGNFY has a new guise these days. Rejuvenated teams seem to be at the root of this - goodnight Sean Lock, who remains on the Countdown version of the show - but with Jimmy Carr remaining, unsympathetically as ever, in charge. Rob Beckett and Aisling Bea now captain the teams as the panel roam ineptly among the week's most popular news items. Tonight's guests are Thomas Turgoose and First Dates maƮtre d' Fred Sirieix.

John Robinson, The Guardian, 22nd November 2016

Preview - 8 Out of 10 Cats

Some people might not be familiar with this show, so if you haven't heard of it, it's like 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, but without the letters and numbers.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 8th November 2016

8 Out Of 10 Cats returns with new team captains

8 Out Of 10 Cats is to premiere on More4, with new team captains Aisling Bea and Rob Beckett. Meanwhile the Countdown version gets its biggest series order yet.

British Comedy Guide, 12th October 2016

Looking back on what has been a notably depressing year, it might seem a near-impossible task to pick out moments worthy of levity. Thankfully, that is the job of Jimmy Carr and regular team captains Jon Richardson and Sean Lock, old hands at refashioning the awfulness of the real world into digestible chunks of frippery. Panellists Isy Suttie, Richard Osman, Joey Essex and Romesh Ranganathan assist them, while elsewhere games and surprises are promised.

Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 29th December 2015

The show about opinion polls, surveys and statistics is back for its 18th series, and provides plenty of raw material for the comedians to come up with hilarious gags.

Jimmy Carr returns as host, with his classic sardonic delivery and infamous laugh.

"It's a honk," he explains. "My laugh has its own Facebook page!"

Team captains Jon Richardson and Sean Lock are also back, and they're joined by comedian Jack Dee, Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney and comic Rob Beckett in the first episode.

The Daily Mirror, 5th October 2014

Now that BBC2's Never Mind The Buzzcocks is looking well past its best and Channel 4's 8 Out Of 10 Cats is rapidly running out of lives, the 10pm Monday slot is fast becoming an elephants' graveyard for once mighty TV panel shows. And I still don't understand the logic of C4's dim young things moving a quiz about the biggest news stories of the week from its traditional Friday night slot to the beginning of the week. Unless they want it killed off, of course.

Ian Hyland, The Daily Mail, 1st December 2012

Season 14 of the shouty 8 Out Of 10 Cats, which in the panel show stakes sits somewhere between the enjoyable Would I Lie To You and the creaky Mock the Week. Jimmy Carr - still in the quizmaster's seat - has a newly installed target on his back marked "tax avoider", and team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson will likely be the ones taking aim. Nothing in the way of info about this opening episode, but even money says that an Olympian will be present.

Gwilym Mumford, The Guardian, 8th October 2012

This panel show went out with a delightful bang two weeks ago with an episode that saw host Jimmy Carr face a sustained but affectionate ribbing over his tax dodging. He's the only one who'll be relieved the show is now into compilation mode - this second collection of clips of the best of the recent 13th series, minus the guest chaff, remind us how many laughs the show's regulars routinely deliver.

Vicki Power, The Daily Telegraph, 5th July 2012

Jimmy Carr's tax row sees Channel 4 ratings soar

Viewing figures for Jimmy Carr's Channel 4 show 8 Out of 10 Cats received a boost on Friday following the furore over his tax affairs.

BBC News, 24th June 2012

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