The Fake News Show. Stephen Mangan. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

The Fake News Show

Channel 4 panel show about fake news. 5 episodes (pilot + 1 series) in 2017. Stars Stephen Mangan, Richard Osman and Katherine Ryan.

The Fake News Show. Image shows from L to R: Richard Osman, Richard Ayoade, Stephen Mangan, Katherine Ryan, Jon Richardson. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.


The Fake News Show might just be the only news show you can trust. Or can you?

Further details

Was Donald Trump actually born and raised in Pakistan? Is Hillary Clinton secretly a robot? And what do people think Steven Spielberg once did to a triceratops? As part of Channel 4's Fake News Week, this brand new comedy panel show peers behind the wobbly fa├žade of fake news, dissects the outlandish headlines, alternative facts, dodgy Photoshops, and all-too-believable viral clips that have pushed post-truth to the front pages.

At a time when world events are increasingly stranger than fiction, and no one knows who or what to believe, The Fake News Show might just be the only news show you can trust. Or can you? Hosted by Stephen Mangan and with a veritable feast of some of the sharpest and funniest minds around, including Richard Osman, Katherine Ryan, Jon Richardson and Richard Ayoade, this is one night of hilarity not to be missed.

Broadcast details

Monday 6th February 2017
Channel 4
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Stephen Mangan Host / Presenter
    Richard Osman Team Captain
    Katherine Ryan Team Captain
    Guest cast
    Jon Richardson Guest
    Richard Ayoade Guest
    Writing team
    Rob Colley Writer (Additional Material)
    Shaun Pye Writer (Additional Material)
    Colin Swash Writer (Additional Material)
    Production team
    Geraldine Dowd Director
    Mark Barrett Series Producer
    Ed Ryland Producer
    Richard Wilson Executive Producer
    Steve Andrews Editor
    Jon Ellis Editor
    Cath Pater-Lancucki Production Designer
    Chris Kempton Lighting Designer


    The Tragedy Of The (Non-Existent) Bowling Green Massacre

    Richard Ayoade, Katherine Ryan, Jon Richardson, Richard Osman and Stephen Mangan discuss the fake news and alternative facts of the modern world, including the tragedy of the very non-existent Bowling Green Massacre being brought up by President Donald Trump's Counselor, Kellyanne Conway. Richard Osman then goes to describe the issue of fake news and how it has partially come to be.

    Featuring: Stephen Mangan, Richard Osman, Katherine Ryan, Jon Richardson, Richard Ayoade.

    Katherine Ryan's Botched Bum Lift

    The panellists are challenged to create their own pieces of Fake News on Twitter, with more success than anticipated!

    Featuring: Stephen Mangan, Katherine Ryan.


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