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Mock The Week Looks Back At...

BBC Two panel show. 10 episodes (1 series) in 2013. Stars Dara O Briain, Hugh Dennis, Frankie Boyle, Rory Bremner, Andy Parsons, Chris Addison and Russell Howard.

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I have a confession to make. I like Mock the Week - and I don't really mind the odd clip show either. Regardless of what you think of their subject matter they're decent enough shows to watch on a weeknight.

But this week, Mock the Week released a 'new' series; 10 episodes filled with themed clips from previous shows. And that's just taking the biscuit.

For me, Mock the Week Looks Back At... just smacks of recession telly. While one or even two clips shows in a large series is excusable, an entire series of 10 clip shows just sounds, feels and is cheap. It's depressing. The only reason there are so many panel shows on the box is because they don't cost much to make, and now it's got to the point where we're making an entire series of cheap and tatty shows.

Either the BBC is skint and can't afford to make new shows, or they don't want to risk making a new series that might not work. I suspect that it's probably both.

Ian Wolf, Giggle Beats, 11th March 2013

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