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News: Would I Lie To You? Team To Appear Onstage

It has been reported that Would I Lie To You? stars Rob Brydon, Lee Mack and David Mitchell will tour the UK together next year.

This is not, however, billed as a stage version of their BBC panel show hit.

A run of shows has just been announced at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham from Monday March 19 to Thursday March 22, 2018. The gigs, which quickly sold out, are billed as an evening of "chat, questions and generally messing around."

News: Noel Fielding And Emma Thompson Join Upstart Crow Cast

As revealed earlier this week on Beyond The Joke Noel Fielding is one of the star guests in the second series of the Ben Elton sitcom Upstart Crow. It has also been announced that Emma Thompson will appear in the Christmas Special as Queen Elizabeth I.

News: Mitchell & Webb Come Back To C4

C4 has confirmed that David Mitchell and Robert Webb are returning with a new sitcom. Back is written by Emmy-award winning Simon Blackwell (Veep, In The Loop, Peep Show) and has been commissioned for a six part series. 

Stephen’s (David Mitchell) father, a local legend and pub landlord, has died so Stephen is set to – finally – take over the pub. Mum Ellen and sister Cass have no interest in the family business - they're 'creative', with weed to buy and energy-centres to rebalance. 

News: Second Series For Upstart Crow

The BBC will be making a second series of Ben Elton's Shakespeare sitcom Upstart Crow.

The first series ended with an unashamed nod to Elton's previous hit Blackadder when the judge presiding over a court case turned out to be a woman in a false beard played by Gabrielle Glaister, who played cross-dressing Bob in the Elton/Curtis sitcom. Her name here was Robert, but she confided in Kate (Gemma Whelan) "call me Bob."

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TV Review: Upstart Crow, Episode 4, Love is Not Love

I’m not enough of a Shakespeare scholar to vouch for the accuracy of Ben Elton’s historical sitcom, but as a comedy geek I can at least confirm that it is funnier than his last effort, The Wright Way. 

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TV Review: Would I Lie To You?, BBC1

Maybe I was out when the trumpets were blowing but it seemed to me that Would I Lie To You? slipped back onto BBC1 on Friday night for its ninth, yes, ninth, series without much of a fanfare. Which is a shame. This is one of my favourite panel shows. It is devoid of cynicism, packed full of laughs. It's one of the few panel shows clean enough to go out pre-watershed, but it is never, ever boring.

News: David Mitchell & Jeremy Paxman Team Up

No, he hasn't ditched Robert Webb and formed a new comedy double act with Jeremy Paxman. But David Mitchell will be temporarily teaming up with the former Newsnight anchor to present an all-night feast of comedy and comment on C4's Alternative Election Night on May 7. Other guests include Romesh Ranganathan, Aisling Bea and Richard Osman. Here's the first trailer for the programme.

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News: David Mitchell To Star in TV Shakespeare

David Mitchell is to star as William Shakespeare in a pilot recording of a new situation comedy about the life of the nation's best-loved bard before he became famous. It is entitled Upstart Crow and according to a report on Chortle it is being written by Ben Elton.

Opinion: British Comedy Awards Predictions

Earlier this week I was accused of plagiarising a live review that had appeared on another comedy website. I hadn't, of course. It is just that Steve Bennett of Chortle and I have impeccable judgement. I saw on the Chortle homepage that they have predicted their British Comedy Award winners so I thought I'd better predict mine before I read theirs in too much detail.

Opinion: Should We Take Comedians Seriously?

It has been a busy time for big comedians lately. Not just busy doing gigs and panel shows and plugging their plethora of product, but also busy being taken seriously. Following his guest editorship of the New Statesman and his appearance on Newsnight Russell Brand has now been taken to task by Robert Webb for being more style than content. Webb wrote a stinging response for the New Statesman saying that Brand's anti-voting stance has made him rejoin the Labour Party.

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