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Mock The Week. Image shows from L to R: Hugh Dennis, Dara O Briain.

Mock The Week

BBC Two panel show about the week's topical news. 162 episodes (15 series), 2005 - 2016. Stars Dara O Briain, Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons, Frankie Boyle and others.

Returns Friday 9th September. Episode Guide
(Series 4, Episode 3 is repeated on Dave today at 9:40pm)

Press Clippings

Andy Murray wins another trophy - this one from MTW

The Wimbledon champion took home the Mock the Week trophy after appearing in the audience watching the show.

Mark Jefferies, The Daily Mirror, 13th July 2016

The 15th series of the panel show perennial continues. With the hardcore crew reduced to just Dara O Briain and team captain Hugh Dennis, the combative atmosphere of previous seasons has receded even further. If the flurry of punchlines used to feel like comedic mixed martial arts, now there is more of a swingball vibe. Rob Beckett, Gary Delaney, Ed Gamble, Zoe Lyons and Rhys James are the guests putting topical events through the wringer in search of zingers.

Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 1st July 2016

Review, Mock The Week, BBC2

"I hate people who phone me up just to complain about the weather, which is how I lost my job with mountain rescue." - Gary Delaney.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke, 9th June 2016

Will Self meets Stewart Lee

As his TV series returns to our screens, comedian Stewart Lee talks to Will Self about his prickly stage persona, how social media is changing comedy and why you won't see him on Mock the Week.

Will Self, The Guardian, 26th February 2016

Dara O Briain's gets Xmas wish as goat meets firey end

The Mock the Week Christmas Special had a lengthy joke about the annual fate of the Swedish Yule Goat, and now social media has provided the punch line as it burnt down again.

Suchandrika Chakrabarti, The Daily Mirror, 27th December 2015

Andy Parsons quits Mock The Week

After 10 years on the show, Andy Parsons has quit his regular position on BBC Two's topical comedy show Mock The Week.

British Comedy Guide, 19th October 2015

Which female comic could replace Andy Parsons on MTW?

So who would be the main contenders should producers plump for a female regular?

Chortle, 19th October 2015

TV review: Mock The Week, BBC2

Compared to The John Bishop Show the faces were over-familiar, but you need to be a pretty assured TV performer to do a programme like this so you can hardly pluck relative circuit newbies as Bishop has done. Will I be watching again? Yes. Has it changed enough to be called a fourth generation? I'm not so sure. Maybe call it Generation Three-And-A-Half.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke, 25th June 2015

Interview with producer Dan Patterson

"Traditionally, the minute we go on air the news turns distinctly horrible and that's a nightmare."

Brigit Grant, The Jewish Chronicle, 16th June 2015

How do BBC's Thursday night veterans keep it fresh?

Having so far run for 35 years and 10 years respectively, the BBC's Thursday night double-bill of topical panel shows - Question Time (BBC One, 10.35pm) and Mock the Week (BBC Two, 10pm) - are both veterans by televisual standards. Mock-nervously aware of this fact, Dara

Mark Lawson, The Guardian, 12th June 2015

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