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BBC Two welcomes back Mock The Week

The BBC is pleased to announce that hard-hitting panel show Mock The Week has now rejected the opportunity to form a coalition with Have I Got News For You and The One Show and chosen to go it alone in tackling the advent of a new Prime Minister, possible financial disaster and certain World Cup disappointment.

The show returns on Thursday 17 June at 10pm and early indications are that BBC Two's top-rated comedy will continue with the unique policy of quiz, performance and topical discussion that has seen the series regularly pulling in viewing figures of more than 3 million and winning swathes of the popular vote on iPlayer and the BBC's YouTube channel. It will run until mid-October, with a break throughout August.

Fresh from his sell-out nationwide tour, host Dara O Briain has resolved to form a workable panel of all talents utilising the established popularity of topical craftsman Andy Parsons, Outnumbered's Hugh Dennis and star of Russell Howard's Good News, err... Russell Howard, alongside the sharpest talent from the stand-up circuit in a bid to give the people the strong satirical comment they deserve.

The show has also pledged to continue providing opportunities for the younger generation by showcasing rising stand-up stars such as Jack Whitehall, Kevin Bridges, John Bishop and Andi Osho in the way that it previously has for the likes of Michael McIntyre, Stewart Francis, Rhod Gilbert and David Mitchell.

When Mock The Week began way back in 2005, David Cameron was just a little-known Shadow Education spokesman, Nick Clegg had only been an MP for five weeks and Gordon Brown was a popular and respected Chancellor. The series is proud to have watched, and possibly helped, their various peaks and troughs in the intervening years. As a new era dawns, whether we face a golden, glittering summer of sporting triumph and economic recovery bathed in the blinding glow of Cameron and Clegg's Camelot-style court, or a luckless, miserable season of sogginess overshadowed by the groans of a creaking coalition, rest assured the team will be present to reflect on the historic events with all the underlying danger of John Terry at a WI Christmas party and the inherent comedy of a Harriet Harman leadership bid.

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 10 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.


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