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

Mock The Week

  • TV panel show
  • BBC Two
  • 2005 - 2022
  • 212 episodes (21 series)

Topical panel show taking a satirical look at the week's news. Hosted by Dara O Briain with regular player Hugh Dennis. Also features Andy Parsons, Frankie Boyle, Russell Howard, Rory Bremner and Chris Addison

Press clippings

"Union man" Miles Jupp refused to Mock The Week in advance

Mock The Week was a bit Scooge-y when it came to recording Christmas episodes it has emerged. But Miles Jupp rebelled.

British Comedy Guide, 27th January 2024

What happens to comedy when British politics becomes a joke?

When audiences do want something sharp, they want it to confirm prejudices.

The Economist, 17th August 2023

Mock The Week USA coming to Amazon Freevee

Amazon Freevee has commissioned an American version of Mock The Week, with Trevor Noah acting as a producer on the series.

British Comedy Guide, 2nd May 2023

National Comedy Awards 2023 shortlists revealed

The shortlists for Channel 4's National Comedy Awards 2023 have been revealed. Ghosts, Don't Hug Me I'm Scared, Derry Girls and After Life are up for Best Scripted Comedy.

British Comedy Guide, 23rd January 2023 Awards 2022 shortlist

The 60 TV and radio programmes shortlisted across the 10 categories in the Awards 2022 have been revealed. Voting is now open to determine the winners.

British Comedy Guide, 9th January 2023

Cancelling Mock The Week was a huge mistake

It's hard to disagree that the panellists on the show have been dominated by left-leaning, liberal comedians, but maybe that's simply because there aren't enough decent right-wing comedians to rival them. The only right-leaning comedian that comes to mind is Geoff Norcott. Despite him providing novelty outlooks on the news, his jokes were often met with a hollow reception. 

Ollie Birchall, The Boar, 8th December 2022

What the end of Mock The Week means for TV satire

Co-creator Dan Patterson & host Dara O Briain reflect on 17 years of headline-based comedy, and what lies ahead for the political panel show.

Heather Fallon, Broadcast, 4th November 2022

Hugh Dennis on Mock The Week ending and his hopes for an Outnumbered revival

The comedian on outliving the current prime minister, what he'll miss most about the panel show, and how he would "very happily" return to Outnumbered.

Lauren Morris, Radio Times, 21st October 2022

How Mock The Week launched the UK's brightest comedy stars

Since it smashed onto our screens in 2005, the panel show with a mildly terrifying reputation has become one of the best incubators for emerging comedy talent. As the final episode airs, Isobel Lewis speaks to host Dara Ó Briain and some of the series' biggest stars about how Mock The Week overcame that 'elbows out' atmosphere and what the BBC can offer new comedians going forward.

Isobel Lewis, The Independent, 20th October 2022

Mock The Week bows out, HIGNFY speedily updates show...

Spare a thought for Mock The Week. The very final new edition of the show goes out on Friday night but was recorded the night before Liz Truss resigned.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 20th October 2022

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