News: Mock The Week Returns

Mock the Week will return for its seventeenth series on BBC Two next month. To mark the momentous occasion series regulars, host Dara O Briain and panellist Hugh Dennis, adopted a ministerial power stance (see picture)

New names lined up to appear on the long-running comedy series include Darren Harriott, Suzi Ruffell, London Hughes, Desiree Burch, Rachel Parris, Geoff Norcott and Icelandic stand-up star Ari Eldjarn.

Following the established protocol, a fanfare of BBC trumpeters heralded the customary proclamation that Dara O Briain and Hugh Dennis would be continuing their august and unbroken association with the show. At the head of the formal procession, the Master of the Bookings began the centuries old tradition of reading the names of guest panellists from the ceremonial scroll: “James Acaster, Tom Allen, Angela Barnes, Ed Byrne, Ed Gamble, Kerry Godliman, Milton Jones, Nish Kumar, Zoe Lyons, Ellie Taylor...” As he spoke, fans - many of them with faces painted in the traditional Mock the Week colours of green, red, blue and white - chanted joyfully along.

Mock the Week was created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, the creative force behind the iconic improv-based show Whose Line Is It Anyway? which ran for ten years on British TV before successfully transferring to the United States. Pinki Chambers is the Executive Editor for the BBC. It is produced for the BBC by independent production company Angst Productions. Series 17 runs for six weeks in June and July and returns for its second half in September and October. 

Mock The Week Returns To BBC2 on Thursday nights at 10pm from June 7.

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