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Gareth Edwards Gareth Edwards | 11:20 UK time, Friday, 23 July 2010

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That Mitchell and Webb Look Episode Two features some dogs playing late night poker, and as I'm the producer, I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised by the huge number of imaginary emails I've had about this part of the show, so I thought I'd use this blog to respond.

Was it difficult to get the dogs to play poker?
Dogs are naturally talented poker players. This is because no matter how carefully you look at their faces you can't work out what cards the dogs are holding.

Why isn't dog poker on telly more often?
The real problem with dog poker is that while the dogs are very much interested in cards they have very little interest in money because they find it very hard to get served in shops. Build the commercial infrastructure for dogs to go shopping and I predict a professional dog poker league will emerge, maybe walk round slowly in a circle, then go back in again and sit on a cushion.

Do any of the dogs enjoy Poker Face by Lady Gaga?
The big dog quite liked it, but most of them found it too superficial and the provocative dancing left them feeling exploited and then saddened.

Was one of the dogs was actually a man dressed up as a dog?
That's right. It's quite hard to spot but we actually had an actor playing the little white dog who was sat next to the large dog with the human face drinking the cider.

This was all very well but what about cat bridge?
That won't work. They can't hold the cards.

Hopefully that addresses most of the issues surrounding the sketch, but if you have any other questions or suggestions for future animal-based late night TV formats, do get in touch.

Gareth Edwards is the Producer of That Mitchell and Webb Look, which you can see on Tuesdays at 9pm on BBC Two.


  • Comment number 1.

    I'd like to make a brief and quite vain comment on this week's episode. Specifically on the clothes Mr Mitchell was wearing on the Jetpack episode. For the first time -I think it is save to say- EVER, he looked his actual age, and not ten years older. I'd love to congratulate the costume manager, and I'd love you to keep her around. Just a suggestion. But do it. Seriously.
    Appart from that, the episode was brilliant as usual, so nothing to comment on that. Cheers!

  • Comment number 2.

    These blog entries are funny as hell. Truly TM&WL is the gift that goes on giving.

    PS I agree with the response above me, I specifically noticed David's wardrobe in the jetpack sketch and thought "wow, he actually *looks* like he's in his 30's" -- which he is of course -- rather than a fusty fifty-year-old in larval form.

  • Comment number 3.

    I don't think that's something that massively concerns David and I think any didactic wardrobe reformists will change his mind. More importantly, This is a really funny blog, I like your dry wit and incessant sarcasm. But I don't think you'll especially appreciate the praise of a 19-years-old journalism student. But if you do, [Personal details removed by Moderator] I have a blog too. Love the show.

  • Comment number 4.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.


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