comedy games

Thank God You’re Here, ITV1

Did we like it? Paul Merton is a national treasure and the format is innovative and ripe for comedy, but it mostly fell flat because the format has a number of crippling defects. What was good about it? • Paul Merton’s sketch in which he played a butler to a posh...

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… And Then You Die, Dave

Did we like it? There were moments of gross out humour and it was reasonably watchable. But we expected more. Having said that, all panel shows need time to bed in and the concept of a washed-up, foul-mouthed panel show host played by a puppet is a good one. What was...

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Would I Lie To You?, BBC1

These comedy panel games are diverting enough, but the proliferation of the genre means they're no longer must-see TV programmes (apart from Have I Got News For You). What was good about It? • Team Captains Lee Mack and David Mitchell • Lee's opinion of David as an...

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Have I Got News For You, BBC1

Did we like it? A mere four out of 10 for this 33rd series opener. What was good about it? • Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Michael McIntyre were cheery yet unspectacular guests. • Paul Merton's flamboyant shirt. So metrosexual! What was bad about it? • Jeremy Clarkson as a...

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Balls Of Steel, Channel 4

Review by Tarquin Bloodfist, General Secretary of the National Union of School Bullies (T**T) Did we like it? Marvellous, marvellous! For too long we’ve had to put up with the pansy, lily-livered lefties controlling our television, it was good to finally good to get...

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Never Mind The Buzzcocks, BBC2

Did we like it? Probably the most enjoyable show of the Christmas period. What was good about it? • Danny from McFly being adorable and speaking like he's in a Hovis advert. ("When did the music of McFly become about cupping your testicles in front of a homosexual...

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The Best of the Worst, Channel 4

Did we like it? Yes, we liked it but also despaired at how emblematic it was of the dearth of innovation in TV. As Eight Out Of Ten Cats finishes it blurs seamlessly into another comedy panel game in the same way as over-hyped Ibiza DJs segue one monochrome tune into...

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The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Channel 4

Did we like it? We stopped watching after 45 minutes it was so bad. What was good about it? • Jonathan Ross, David Micthell, Rob Brydon and Denise Van Outen. • Rob Brydon's Ronnie Corbett impression. • Jon Snow's cryptic clues to the year's big pop hits What was bad...

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They Think It’s All Over, BBC1

Highlights • Lee Mack did very well on his hosting debut, following Nick Hancock who had been a great presenter but seemed tired of trotting out the same jokes year after year • The gag about the German version of the show • Rory McGrath's verdict on Ian Wright's chat...

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Mock The Week, BBC2

Highlights • A satirical news quiz in the vein of Have I Got News For You, this boasted some appealing veterans of the panel genre, in particular Linda Smith, Hugh Dennis and Rory Bremner. • The show did its best to differentiate itself from predecessors by...

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Eight Of Out Ten Cats, Channel 4

What to say of you liked it A fabulously irreverent take on the comedy quiz show format that adds a distinct voice to the choir of quintessentially quality Friday night TV feasts. What to say of you didn’t like it If comedy quiz shows were organs in the human body,...

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Come And Have A Go with Julian Clary, BBC1

What to say if you liked it "It's a gorgeous interactive game show," according to Julian. What to say if you disliked it "It's not exactly University Challenge," according to Julian. What was good about it?• Julian Clary being back in primetime. But he's going to have...

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29 Minutes Of Fame, BBC1

Highlights 1 – Sean Lock: “Jackie Stallone looks like a Muppet before they stick the fur on.” 2 – Jo Brand guessing “Liam Gallagher” for Jason Wood’s impression of Barbara Cartland in a moment of passion. 3 – Jo Brand: “Is Antony Worrall Thompson insured as a bouncy...

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Distraction, Channel 4

Sunday is supposed to be education night on British TV, but this week Friday stepped in and taught us three important lessons. First, that it’s possible to take a good, and fairly original, programme idea and turn it into one of the worst shows ever seen on TV....

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QI, BBC2/4

QI, BBC2, BBC4 Great blunders in history include the Charge of the Light Brigade and Hitler’s invasion of Russia. Now there’s been another one, as the BBC, under attack from a rattled government and blood-scenting Sky, has given us QI. The programme was billed as the...

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Shooting Stars, BBC3

After a year in which Ulrika Jonsson claimed she had been raped, was it really wise of her to appear as a belly-showing schoolgirl in a spoof of Britney's Baby One More Time video? Or laugh off the rhyme "She's football crazy, she's football mad, I can't think of a...

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