Fake Reaction. Copyright: STV Productions
Fake Reaction

Fake Reaction

  • TV panel show
  • ITV2
  • 2013 - 2014
  • 18 episodes (2 series)

ITV2 entertainment series in which contestants must keep a straight face and fool the other team. Hosted by Matt Edmondson. Stars Matt Edmondson, Ellie Taylor, Joe Swash and Matt Ralph.

Fake Reaction. Image shows from L to R: Ellie Taylor, Matt Edmondson, Joe Swash, Hot Meat (Matt Ralph). Copyright: STV Productions

Key details

Panel Show
2013 - 2014
18 (2 series)
Matt Edmondson, Ellie Taylor, Joe Swash and Matt Ralph
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Matt Edmondson hosts this comedy panel show in which two teams (headed by Joe Swash and Ellie Taylor) try to keep a straight face and earn points for their team while secretly enduring anything from an electric shock to having a bird peck food off their head. Who will be able to fake their reaction and convince the others that everything is completely normal?

In Fake Reaction, six celebrity contestants compete against each other in front of a studio audience. The contestants take turns guessing and playing. Whoever hides their reactions best on the one hand while on the other hand guessing correctly which opponent suffers, wins.

For example, 3 people sit on identical looking blocks - 2 are made of paper maché, while the 3rd block is solid ice. Only 1 contestant actually endures the freezing discomfort. But which 2 are faking it?

3 people climb a ladder and stand on a platform. 1 contestant must manage 3 feet on a tightrope to another platform while the others simply walk across a wide beam. Who is fighting for balance and who is just faking it?

Who sits in a bath tub filled with ice cubes? Who witnesses their sister getting a lap dance by a male stripper without letting on? If the players guess right, they win points - the rounds progressively increasing in scale and intensity.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 3rd January 2013 at 10pm on ITV2
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • BBC Pacific Quay - BBC Three pilot.
  • Riverside Studios - Series 1.
  • BBC Elstree Centre - Series 2.

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