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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. 148 episodes (15 series), 2005 - 2016. Stars Dara O Briain, Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons, Frankie Boyle and others.

Returns Wednesday 14th December at 10pm. Episode Guide

Press Clippings

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

Why don't comedians criticise the monarchy?

It's the job of standups to hold institutions to account - laugh by laugh - so why aren't more of them laying bare the anachronistic daftness of the royal family?

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 19th October 2016

Jo Brand: most comics on MTW don't like way show works

The writer, comedian and actress says the "pressurised" environment of the BBC Two panel show is not one that she or her fellow comics enjoy.

The Radio Times, 19th September 2016

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

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