Mock the Week

Thursday 10:00 PM on BBC Two Premiered Jun 05, 2005 In Season



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Mock the Week

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Mock the Week is a political comedy improv show from the producers of Whose Line Is It Anyway? The series features teams of comedians improvising sketches about current political events in a humorous and often satirical manner. Mock the Week stars Dara O Briain and currently features Hugh Dennis and Andy Parsons with a different set of celebrity comic guests each week making up the panel. Former regular panelists were Rory Bremner, Frankie Boyle, Russell Howard and Chris Addison.

On 3 March 2013, a highlights show titled Mock the Week Looks Back At... began broadcasting and each episode showed highlights from the first 11 series of Mock the Week. Each episode contained clips of a specific category (for example the first episode featured highlights under the category health). In total there was 10 episodes broadcast and the series concluded on 19 May 2013.

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    • What comedy should be

      As an American, I tend to get defensive when people criticize us and claim to hate all the things we produce that they somehow always seem to either buy or copy. But when it comes to comedy, the Brits have us beat hands down, and this show is the cream of the British crop. The quality has declined in recent years, so for anyone who's looking to get into it, watch seasons 3 - 7 (which are all on Youtube) first. A combination of the loss of Frankie Boyle and the BBC's ridiculous rule requiring the presence of at least one female comedian has taken a lot of the edge off the show in the last few seasons, but it's still the best out there.moreless
    • One of the funniest shows I've ever seen.

      This is a brilliant show. Host Dara O'Briain, plus regulars Hugh Dennis and Frankie Boyle, are all outstanding comedians. Their quick wit, banter and scorchingly spot on humour is amazing to see. I cannot believe how good these guys are!

      Dara O'Briain is a revelation. I always thought this laidback man was good but seeing him as the host of this show is quite remarkable. He's simply brilliant.

      Hugh Dennis is also amazing. I love love love this guy's quick mind and sense of humour.

      As for Frankie Boyle... oh lord is he good. I say Frankie Boyle for Prime Minister! :-)

      I'd recommend this show to anyone. See it now! You'll laugh your socks off!moreless
    • One of the best shows on TV

      Mock the Week definitely knocks Have I Got News For You off it's perch as the best topical news quiz show in Britain. Dara is great in the chair as he is as witty as any of the regulars or guest stars that they have on.

      Frankie and Russel are probably the best of the regulars on the show as they never fail to make me laugh.

      Also, the Scenes We'd Like to See round always has me in stitches as all the contestants show how quick and witty they are. Some of the best lines from the whole show come from this one round.

      Long live Mock the Week.moreless
    • You just have to love it.

      Ah, Mock the Week. I love this show. It's definitely one of the better Comedy Panel shows, in my opinion. A show like this shows the guests real comedic value. If they can improvise like that, while making people laugh, very hard show they are and will be a good comedian.

      They always have great comedians, including Dara O'Brian who is a great host and I'm not being biased because I am Irish. Hugh Dennis, Frankie Boyle and Russell Howard and of course Andy Parsons.

      My favourite sketch has to be "Scenes we'd like to see" is just brilliant, and shows the comedians originality! I must buy the book.moreless
    • What's not to love about this game/comedy show poking fun at the big events in the British news each week. And when you cosider it is from the same team who brough you 'Whose Line' (granted I prefer the US version) you know it has to be good.moreless

      In my over judgemental, over opinionated, over political, over debating brain this show is pure heaven. I can't express how much I love it - and how much I love to hear these comediens voice opinions often similar to my very own. I think it helps that I totally love Russell Howard, that Andy Parsons always makes me laugh, and that I respect Frankie Boyle totally for never being afraid to express his opinion and state his mind - no matter how much it may make me cridge sometime. I think as far as Frankie is concered as well I just respect him so much because a lot of the time he voices those opinions even I am afraid to utter.

      And then not only are these people expressing deep opinions and making my sides split in laughter as they do so, they are also doing it based around topics I often argue about myself. Our policy on Zimbabwe and rising gas prices being the most recent. Then we come to the scenes you'd like to see round - my favourite round of all, because it is just utterly hilarious. Definatly something I implore all those comedy lovers (especially if it is very topical and political comedy you love) to watch because it is just a stroke of comic genius.moreless
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