Series 61, Episode 3
Joining the regular team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, the new series continues to record in studio with a virtual audience, in the week that saw politicians out on the campaign trail for the upcoming local elections, questions being raised about texts sent to Boris Johnson by Sir James Dyson, Labour leader Keir Starmer being kicked out of a pub and a legal dispute between Aldi and Marks & Spencer about the similarities between their respective chocolate caterpillar cakes.
Immediate attention however was paid to 12 of Europe's biggest football clubs this week announcing plans for a new European Super League, only for 9 of the 12 involved to withdraw from the scheme within 48 hours following outrage and protests from football fans, politicians and the game's governing bodies.
"This is the new Super League that was put forward on Monday and had sort of completely fallen over by Wednesday," said Paul Merton.
"And I think people's objection was that it was all to do with money... is that a new thing in football?" joked Victoria Coren Mitchell.
"No I think their objection mainly was that you could be in this league, but there'd be no relegation. If you were one of the teams that wasn't in this league, you couldn't get into the league. So essentially it was a series of exhibition matches where if you lost, it didn't matter," pointed out Merton.
"...bit like this!" laughed Ian Hislop.
"If there was relegation in this, Ian would be in some sort of semi-amateur dramatic version of this somewhere in a church hall in Tunbridge Wells, but, you know, he's not...!" joked Merton.
"I actually found it all very inspiring. I didn't expect to be inspired by football fans but honestly, the way they demonstrated the people power to actually make a change happen, in that way and so rapidly, was kind of inspiring. Especially in these times you know where people can feel quite powerless about decisions that are made," said panellist Emma Dabiri.
"I thought it was a brilliant 48 hours. Genuinely, I'm going to say it, that 48 hours is the most I've enjoyed football in my lifetime. And I say that as a football fan. You had anger, excitement, that's why I'm into football... and then... we won! I've never experienced that before, it was everything!" beamed panellist Josh Widdicombe.
"Which team to do you support?" asked Merton.
"Plymouth..." Widdicombe replied, "...we weren't in the 12."
"You're lucky to be in the 92, aren't you?" joked Merton.
"Boris Johnson said that he would drop a 'legislative bomb' (to stop the European Super League). What did he mean by that?" asked Coren Mitchell.
"It's amazing how fast he can actually get legislation through, or threaten to, when it's something really important... like football. Any other sort of major bill takes years to pass through the Commons," pointed out Hislop.
"This was the European Super League, with 12 top clubs all competing for the title of 'Europe's Greediest B****rd'," joked Coren Mitchell, before continuing.
"Labour also came out against the plan. Keir Starmer has a lot in common with the average football supporter. After all, only this week he was thrown out of a pub."
Paul and Emma won, 5 points to 4.
- Friday 23rd April 2021
- BBC One
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Ian Hislop||Team Captain|
|Paul Merton||Team Captain|
|Victoria Coren Mitchell||Host / Presenter|
|Pete Sinclair||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Colin Swash||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Rob Colley||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Ged Parsons||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Kevin Day||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Shaun Pye||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Katie Storey||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Domenico Farelli||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Emma Moran||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Mike Rayment||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Laura Lexx||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Jo Bunting||Series Producer|
|Richard Wilson||Executive Producer|
|Katie Taylor||Executive Producer|