Was It Something I Said?. Image shows from L to R: Micky Flanagan, David Mitchell, Richard Ayoade. Copyright: Maverick Television / That Mitchell & Webb Company.

Was It Something I Said?

Channel 4 panel show. 8 episodes (1 series) in 2013. Stars David Mitchell, Richard Ayoade and Micky Flanagan.

Was It Something I Said?

Panel show hosted by David Mitchell with teams competing in word play, quotation and literary knowledge

Panel Show
Channel 4
8   (1 series)
David Mitchell, Richard Ayoade and Micky Flanagan
Barbara Wiltshire
Giles Pilbrow and Arron Ferster

Words, wonderful, words... David Mitchell hosts this Channel 4 panel show.

Two teams, captained by Micky Flanagan and Richard Ayoade, are pitted against each other in a battle of wordplay; answering questions based on sources including quotations, tweets and autobiographies, as well as some of the teams' very own one-liners to test their verbiage mettle.

Featured quotes are read out by a guest narrator every week, with Charles Dance, Phil Daniels and Mariella Frostrup amongst those taking this role.

Was It Something I Said? incorporates the first use of Twitter as a dedicated playalong companion for a TV show. Viewers are directed to the show's Twitter account (@somethingIsaid) by David Mitchell and encouraged to answer questions at the same time as they are put to the TV panellists. The more answers that a viewer gives, the more extra bonus content they unlock - including behind the scenes clips and deleted scenes, as well as funny pictures, animated GIFs and bonus facts and jokes from the show's panellists.

The show's rounds are:

Threesomes: The panellists must match a series of quotes to one of three famous people.

Complete the Quotation: Played over the advert break, the teams and audience at home must complete a famous quotation.

Keywords: The panellists are given a few keywords and must work out the famous quotation.

What Are They Talking About?: The teams hear a quote taken out of context and must then work out what it is really about.

Was It Something I Said?: Quotes are read out. Are they from one of the panellists, or the show's "virtual guest" (e.g. Piers Morgan).

Production Details

Production companies
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 6th October 2013 on Channel 4 at 10:09pm
Last new broadcast
Sunday 24th November 2013 on Channel 4 at 10pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Thursday 13th November 2014 at 1:35am on More4

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