Saturday 15 Mar 2014
In a country ravaged by plague, war and financial meltdown, Dara O'Briain and his four horsemen are preparing to ride to the rescue this summer with the seventh series of smash hit topical panel show Mock The Week.
Returning on Thursday 9 July 2009, the BBC Two comedy maintains the unique mix of quiz, performance and topical discussion that saw the last series regularly pulling in viewing figures of more than three million in its 9.00pm slot as well as becoming a huge hit on the BBC's YouTube channel and BBC iPlayer.
Fresh from their sell-out nationwide tours, O'Briain and the other popular regulars Frankie Boyle, Russell Howard and Andy Parsons will be joined as ever by Outnumbered star Hugh Dennis and the very best talent from the stand-up circuit to supply must-see satire.
Now a household name, Mock The Week has, over the years, proved an extremely effective career springboard for the likes of Michael McIntyre, David Mitchell, John Oliver, Stewart Francis, Mark Watson, Lucy Porter and Rhod Gilbert as well as a platform for established names such as Ed Byrne, Gina Yashere, Greg Proops and Fred MacAulay to flex their topical muscles.
There may be no Olympics this year but the team will be able to decide on their approach to Barack Obama and the current state of British politics as well as commenting on the usual tabloid scare stories, reality TV controversies and multiple British sporting embarrassments that occupy our summer months.
Mock The Week was created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, the creative force behind the iconic improvisation based show Whose Line Is It Anyway? which ran for ten years on British TV before successfully transferring to the United States.
Suzanne Gilfillan is the Executive Editor for the BBC. It is produced for the BBC by independent production company Angst Productions.