‘Mock The Week’ To End This Autumn After 17 Years On Air
The BBC has decided to retire ‘Mock The Week‘ after 17 years on air the broadcaster has announced.
The comedy panel show, hosted by Dara Ó Briain, features a rotating series of guest comedians as they make fun of events over the past seven days. Hugh Dennis serves as regular panellist and team captain, appearing in more than 200 of the episodes.
“The next series of Mock The Week will be the last, we are really proud of the show but after 21 series we have taken the difficult decision in order to create room for new shows,” commented a spokesperson for the BBC. “We would like to thank Angst Productions, Dara Ó Briain, Hugh Dennis and all the guest comedians involved in the show across the 21 series.”
Over its long run on air, the series has helped bring many new comedy faces to our screens. So much show, Dara has jokingly referred to it as “Dara and Hugh’s Academy for Baby Comedians”, with people like Russell Howard, Michael McIntyre, Sarah Millican, Kevin Bridges, John Bishop and Rhod Gilbert all appearing in the early careers before becoming household names.
The show has also faced some criticism over the years for the highly competitive nature of the comics trying to outdo each other making for an unpleasant experience for some performers. Former regular panellist Frankie Boyle, known for his rather darker humour, also criticised the show, accusing the producers of making them avoid discussing serious issues.
“We’re naturally hugely disappointed that Mock the Week is coming to an end and hope that we will be able to resurface somewhere someday in the future,” commented Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson of Angst Productions who make the series. “The last 17 years on BBC2 have been an absolute blast, it’s been a great privilege to work closely with scores of truly incredible performers and we’d also like to take the opportunity to thank the BBC and all our many fans around the world for their support over the years.”
The 21st and final season of ‘Mock The Week‘ will air on BBC Two in Autumn 2022. If you want to keep track of this or any other show, you can add them via our Never Miss system, and you’ll be notified when it gets a UK premiere date.