“ The comedy panel show returns for a new series, with brand new host Rob Brydon. The Gavin and Stacey star joins regular team captains David Mitchell and Lee Mack for the third series of the show all about truths and lies. They are joined in this first show by Carol Vorderman, Larry Lamb, Jo Brand and Russell Howard. „
Would I Lie to You, hosted by comedian Rob Brydon with two regular team captains David Mitchell and Lee Mack, is funny, entertaining and constantly fresh.
Not only does the contrast between somewhat prissy David Mitchel, a personal favourite comedian of mine, and rough northener Lee Mack, which makes for lots of laughs and great improvisation, but it also features a huge variety of guests of a . The guests are usually people I'm fond of, and even when they're not the show and the regulars manage to get the best out of them with good natured jest.
A pretty new concept that is excellently executed by the cast and special 'unknown' guests who appear in one of the closing rounds of the game, makes for an interesting and diverse show with lots of variety in humour and the standard of the show remains great consistently.
Although a show I don't necessarily watch religiously, Would I Lie to You remains a favourite on my catch up list and I'm always entertained why I see it dotted about randomly on the tv listings.
Would I Lie To You? is a comedic tv show shown on the BBC, with host Rob Brydon. It was released in 2007, and has had five series since then, each being more funny than the last. It is made by Zeppotron, who definitely know how to make a good comedy panel show as they have made such tv hits as 8 Out Of Ten Cats, 10 O'Clock Live and Black Mirror.
Host Rob Brydon is an excellent addition to the show, as he knows how to react to both the audience and the contestants, making even funnier situations hilarious. Then there are the two team leaders Lee Mack and David Mitchell, who have been them for the past 5 seasons, they are great as this position as they always are comfortable in their roles and make some of the best jokes I've heard.
Although a simple game, the TV show proves to be funny and entertaining due to the people that are on the show usually are comedians. Some of the more well known comedians that have been on the show are Michael McIntyre, Robert Webb, David Mitchell, Miranda Hart and Chris Addison. However, they do also have contestants that aren't comedians such as actors, and some I have seen previously is Nick Hewer and Terry Wogan.
The "contestants" on the show are given secrets they must reveal to the audience and the other team and then must lie if it is not real, and the other team must decide if the secret is real or a lie. It sounds like a complicated show but in reality it is quite simple and funny as usually the secrets that are true, are so ridiculous, you wonder how they possibly could be true!
Many of the secrets given to the contestants are funny, especially when they are revealed to be truths. Every week the jokes are different, and with ever changing team members, you get to see some comedians you might never have watched or heard of before. This is a programme you should watch if you are a fan of comedy and game shows.
There are 3 rounds currently, "Home Truths" where the contestants must guess if it is true by asking the contestant questions. "This Is My.." where a guest person is brought in, and the contestants must say how they are related or know the person, and the other team must guess who's telling the truth. Then the last is "Quick Fire Lies", where against the clock, the team must make quick decisions about what the contestant is saying.
Overall, this is a great show to watch at night, as it is funny and always has new people present on the show. It hardly ever gets boring, and all the contestants on it are hilarious as ever, especially when paired with the comedic stylings of their team captains. I would recommend this show to anyone looking for a comedy show that is unique and witty in its humour.
Host: Angus Deayton
General Gist of the game:
Round 1: 6 celebs are randomly given a card with either a truth or a massive lie about themselves. The celeb with the card has to pretend the statement is true and the other team have to guess whether it is the truth or a lie.
Round 2: This person is...?
A random person walks onto set and one team has to each make a statement of how they know the person. The other team have to guess which person is telling the truth, Round 3: Quick Fire
The buzzer randomly stops on a contestant and they again receive either a card with a truth/ lie or a 'possession' card whereby they tell a truth/ lie about the possession.
This has to be one of the best comedy shows, not only for laughs, but also finding out weird Celeb secrets!
Like, John Barrowman has peed in Prince Charles Garden! And Lee Mack once scared a hitchhiker so much, he cried in fear!
Since series 3 -4, the show is presented by Rob Brydon. He is a brilliant host. The original host, Angus Deayton was not nearly as good. Brydon actually gets involved in the debate between the two teams, adding his own questions, thoughts and jokes whereas Deayton didn't participate much and merely let the teams battle it out themselves.
Also, the host reads a joke after the contestant has revealed whether their statement was true or false. This is presumable autocue (as mentioned in one episode where Brydon says - 'please will you let me read the joke on the auto cue' lol); Angus is genuinely funny with it whereas Deayton was a little boring.
Plus, when Deayton presented, they always seemed pushed for time. The team couldn't really debate too much because he always said 'I'm going to have to push you for an answer'. Brydon however lets them rant, which is where all of the laughs come from and only intervenes to move the show forward.
There are 3 contestants to a team. We have David Mitchells team and Lee Mack's Team.
David Mitchell is pure genius. He is very shrewd and comes out with the most hilarious rants and reasoning. He is a massive part of what makes the show so enjoyable to watch. He doesn't miss a single trick and is very good and trying to trip to liars up. He's also a good bluffer himself and is quick to answers questions.
Michell is always been made fun of by Mack for being a 'posh intelligent boy' where Mack refers to himself as 'working class scum' jokily. Mack is also genius, more for his stand up and one liners. Mack is very playful, and using wit rather than reasoning to figure out the truths. He doesn't seem to take it as seriously as Mitchell which is amusing.
This programme shows real, unrehearsed talent from the comedians. The relationship between Mitchell and Mack is fantastic. It's great when they playfully argue with each other and the other contestant are always are complete ease and join in the fun.
Not all the contestants are comedians though the majority are. They are usually actors/actresses; musicians; presenters etc...
To throw in some of the mix, they've had: Carol Voderman; Neil Morrissey; Patsy Palmer; Ronnie Corbet and Bernard Cribbins.
In the first round, all the new contestants get to try and bluff the opposing team. They receive a card that they have never seen before and have to read it out. This card may be a complete lie or it might be the truth but the contestant has to play along with it and pretend it's true. The opposing team then ask questions regarding the truth of the question in order to verify is validity.
It's hilarious to watch some contestants as they struggle to answer the questions and sometimes trip up or contradict themselves and have to try and explain themselves. Mitchell doesn't miss a trick!
Mack comes out with the most senseless answers most the time which is hilarious.
In the second round a person walks onto the set of whom, is know by one of the contestants from one of the teams. In each episode, it alternates as to which team to person is known to.
Mack or Mitchell and his team then have to explain how they know the person. Again, the opposing team ask questions to find who is telling the truth.
And there are some very witty truths and lies!
The third round is 'quick fire'. The buzzer stops on a random person and again, they must blag their card or 'possession' if they receive a 'possession card'.
The show last about 30 minutes. If the team guess the lies from the lies or the truths from the truths then they score points and the team with the most wins.
This is a show full of belly laughs, shocking truth, senseless lies and comedy at its finest!
I have attached a link to perhaps one of my FAVOURITE scenes, involving David Mitchell claiming that he played Board Games with a smiley faced bucket called 'Stephen Tatlock.'
Please watch it and post your thoughts. Enjoy!
Oh had to add this one aswell
Firstly, I would like to apologise for my recent and disgraceful absence from Dooyoo for the last two months or so. My inactivity on the site has been a direct result of me currently being on a five month long Erasmus placement in Valencia, Spain, which has meant that writing and reading reviews has somewhat taken a step back, and me getting blind drunk, eating excessively and attending the odd class has very much stepped into the fore. This accompanied by the fact that I haven't been in the UK has meant that I've had fewer things that I find suitable to review for a British audience and general lack of inspiration means that I've been away from this fabulous site for far longer than I would like.
And so, on my hopefully eagerly awaited return to Dooyoo and Ciao (you did notice I was gone, didn't you??), I have decided to write a review in the area of one of the things closest to my heart: British comedy. I am ever so slightly obsessed with this field of entertainment, with sketch shows and panel shows being particular favourites of mine. Being denied access to Iplayer and live British TV means that I haven't been able to watch as much of them as I would like, but thanks to the wonder that is Youtube, I have still been able to watch what some would call an excessive amount of comedy. I have spent many whole Saturdays recovering from the previous night's debauchery, and found that the combination of pizza and WILTY to be an almost unbeatable hangover cure.
Would I Lie to You is a comedy panel game currently hosted by Rob Brydon (Angus Deaton held this position in the first two series) in which two teams of comedians take turns at revealing either amusing true facts about themselves or telling a story that is completely made up, and it is up to the other team to work out whether they're telling the truth or a lie. Contestants are given cards containing either a true fact about themselves or something made up by the programme makers which they then have to read out and then answer the opposing team's questions about the 'fact' they've just told, all the while having to make it sound as true as possible even if it a complete fallacy. The fact that they have no idea what is written on the card before reading it often makes things particularly funny, as they are often forced to come up a background story that sounds plausible very much on the spot.
While four of the contestants change on an episode by episode basis, comedians David Mitchell and Lee Mack are always team captains. One of the reasons why this programme works so well and is as funny as it is is the interaction between these two men and Rob Brydon, with Lee often mocking David for being posh and David going off on one of his trademark angry rants, as well as the fact that they are both very talented and funny men. David Mitchell is, in my opinion, one of the wittiest and cleverest people currently working in comedy and does particularly well on panel shows such as this one, which is probably why Mock the Week and QI keep getting him on. His way of saying things and his performance on the show regularly has me in stitches and I would say that he's an integral part of WILTY's success and general hilarity. He's very much mastered the art of double bluffing and making outright lies and absolute truths sound equally plausible and it's usual very difficult to tell whether he's telling the truth or not.
That isn't to say that Lee Mack isn't also a very good comedian and entertaining on this programme, because he certainly is, but he isn't quite as convincing with the lies that he often has to come out with. He often says things that are often blatantly false and backs them up without much conviction, but since this almost always has very entertaining consequences and often irritates David into a comic rant, I couldn't properly criticise him on this point. Rob Brydon is a very good host and as well as doing some hilarious impressions of the captains and the guests he comically adds to the dynamic of the show.
The researchers and writers also often prove that they are very witty people with the amusing lies they come up with for the contestants to claim are true stories. Particular favourites of mine include David Mitchell's apparently story that as a child he used to play with a bucket which he named Steven Tatlock or that as a child Frankie Boyle used to be worried that his life was a children's story being read by a bear (which one day would end when the bear decided to stop reading). They do occasionally come up with cruelly difficult lies, such as David having to claim that he had developed a five point plan for how we would survive if he ever had to go to prison (and so subsequently had to make up said plan on the spot), but the results are almost exclusively amusing so they do their jobs well.
Notable guests from the show's four series long run include Jimmy Carr, Richard E. Grant, Ronny Corbitt, Robert Webb, Jimmy Carr and a very clueless Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, and in general all of the guests are very witty and manage to be funny even if their skills in deception aren't quite on a par with David's. Rhod Gilbert winding up Mr Mitchell in series 4 was a particularly amusing watch, I have to say.
The format of the show is fairly simple, with most of it consisting of lies/truths in the manner that I have described above, though the fact that only the funniest pieces are broadcast means that it appears that the contestants are chosen almost at random to read their cards. There is one round per show, however, called 'This is My', which goes slightly differently. In this round a guest will be brought on set and all members of one team have to say how they know this person, though in reality only one of them does. The other team then has to work out who actually has a relationship with the person, who is not allowed to speak or give away the answer in any way. This is often the most entertaining part of the show with the contestants having to make up bizarre facts regarding a person they've never met in order to make their story sound plausible, all while this person is standing there.
Along with QI, Would I Lie To You is one of my favourite panel shows and I am therefore very grateful that both full episodes and clips are available on Youtube as well as elsewhere online, as I don't know what I'd do without it. Each 30 minute episode never fails to make me laugh out loud and unlike similar programmes such as Have I Got News for You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, I really feel that it stands up to repeat viewing, and despite often being able to remember if things are lies or not I always enjoy episodes just as much as the first time on a second or even third viewing. I eagerly await the showing of a fifth series which is rumoured to take place in the Spring of 2011, and hope that I won't have too much trouble watching it from Germany where I will be next semester. I highly recommend this programme to anyone with an appreciation for British comedy and even those without. There is occasional swearing but it is generally clean and fun comedy, and in my opinion, is one of the best things on TV. Well done BBC.
Would I Lie To You is another one in the BBC's endless array of comedy panel shows. And what's it about this time? Would I Lie To You is where two teams have to lie (or not) to each other, and the other teams gets a point if they can figure out if they're telling the truth or not. It's a pretty simple premise, and it's really well done.
There are four rounds. The first round features a guest (or the team captain) read out a fact about themselves off a card, which they've never read before, and the other team must ask questions to try to figure out if they're telling the truth or not. In the second round, the host reads out a fact about a celebrity which may or may not be true. The third round features a guest, and each member of one team say what relation that person is to them - and the other team have to guess who is telling the truth. The final round is a quick fire round which works in similar vein to the first one.
Originally hosted by Angus Deaton (who was really good), he has since been replaced by Rob Brydon for the third season, who is just as good and, in my opinion, better. The team captains are David Mitchell and Lee Mack, both in my opinion some of the funniest people on television. I especially love it when David is interrogating somebody about their lies and he gets into one of his trademark rants. The way he and Lee always bounce insults off each other is also a great joy to watch and is guaranteed to have you howling with laughter.
With guests like Jimmy Carr, Michael McIntyre, Frankie Boyle and Clive Anderson, you know there's always a laugh or two around the corner. And you learn some brilliant things about them you didn't know before.
Would I lie to you? is a panel showing at 9pm on Thursday nights on BBC1. Originally chaired by Angus Deaton it is now fronted by professional Welshman Bob Brydon and has two teams of three who are told facts which are either true or lies. It's a bit like a modern version of Call my Bluff but with witty banter and a more edgy style of questions.
The two teams are fronted by two captains, David Mitchell, yes I know he's on everything and here he is and Lee Mack who's not on everything but is a pretty regular panellist on such shows as QI, mock the week etc.
The other two members of the panels are varied each week but tend to be comedians, presenters or anyone strolling around the BBC studios at the time and are vaguely famous. This is epitomised by the presence of Kelvin Mackenzie on last night's show, starter for ten on who he is?
So the teams are then presented with facts which are either true or lies, they are either asked to read out a fact about themselves which they then have to defend to make them look like they are true. They are also shown short clips and have an associated fact which they have to debate the truth off. Each correct answer gets a point and there are around 5 rounds but the precise ordering is a little hard to work out. The questions of course to give the two captains plenty of scope to give insightful comments and witty asides, Mack more bludgeoning and Mitchell more rapier like with Brydon orchestrating the humour.
The other rounds consist of quick fire facts, but they aren't that quick fire as they tend to be humouress and lead into jokes by the panellists and there is a member of the public who knows one of the panellists, the panellists then have to give a reason for knowing this person of which two are false and the other true and the opposite team have to guess the correct answer.
Does it work?
Well these kind of panel shows are ten a penny on TV at the moment, some are amongst the best shows on TV such as Have I got news for you but some are a bit forced and painful to watch and don't engage the viewer. The format is very safe and sound, a few rounds of questions, plenty of scope in the questions for jokes, banter and asides and no real need to keep to time and hence one question can stretch out for 5 minutes and the next only 1 minute.
Mack and Mitchell are funny in their own styles and the addition of Brydon rather than Deayton helps the show rather than hinders, Brydon gives out more for his captains to work with in a comedy style than Deayton but perhaps doesn't have the dry wit when reading out the answer.
I do wonder though if David Mitchell feels as though his career which once was so bright and illuminating in terms of being half of one of the better comedy shows has descended into endless panel shows and being full time safe BBC comedian. He should return to writing comedy and being a bit more controversial and edgy but perhaps he's happiest here.
Generally this is an enjoyable show and though it's not one I'd seek out to watch, as it follows HIGNFY then it amuses for half an hour before bed on Thursday and that's enough for me, it's better than watching the dire Britain's got Talent on ITV which is taking over ITV at the moment.
Would I Lie To You is a show that I recently discovered on Dave (Sky Channel) and I actually find it really funny. The show is actually from 2007 and was originally on BBC 1, but I never knew of it until now lol.
The show is presented by Rob Brydon ( Gavin and Stacey) and the two team captains are David Mitchell (The Peep Show) and Lee Mack ( Not Going Out). Each show these team captains are joined by celebrity guests ( 2 on each team) and these guests have included Fern Britton, Jimmy Carr, Joe Brand, Frankie Boyle and Russell Howard.
The main purpose of the show is to find out whether the other team and its members are lying or telling the truth. For some part of the show, each member of the team is given a card, which they read out to the other team, and they are then questioned to see whether they are lying or not. This part of the show is actually quite hilarious as some of the things they say are brilliant, and I have found myself thinking they were telling the truth many a time, when indeed they were lying. Other parts of the show include bringing on a random person, and each person on one team tells the other team how they know that person. One of the team members is telling the truth, but it is up to the other team to work out exactly which one.
Personally I love watching this show, as it really is a laugh a minute. It is played on Dave most days of the week, at different times each day. I recommend everyone watch it, as it really is good fun to watch and play along with too. 5 out of 5 stars from me.
Originally presented by the Slime in a Suit Angus Deayton and now presented by Rob Brydon WILTY is a sort of panel show that as the name suggests encourages the guests (as well as regular team captains Lee Mack and David Mitchell) to sell their given stories as truth and it's upto the opposing team to guess whether they are telling the truth or not.
Often the funniest stories are those that turn out to be true, like Lee Mack making a hitchhiker cry by promising he wouldn't kill him with a hammer. It's good fun to try and look for the tells that may give them away.
There have been four series and the shows are half an hour long. WILTY was first shown on bbc1 on 16th june 2007.
Certain rounds invite a member of the public who is related in some way to one of the guests, each guest gives a brief description of how they know said person and the other team must again guess at the truth.
One of the best examples of this round was when the member of the public was someone who had made a dance-acise video with Victor Meldrew (I can't remember the actors name, Richard something). Seeing Richard in his smart shell suit bumping and grinding was too much, lol.
Despite being presented by Rob Brydon (who as far as I can tell is supposed to be funny because he comes from Wales) the show is actually very entertaining. Lee Mack is very funny and a master of spontanaity and I always like David Mitchell, whatever he's in.
As the series go on the contestants have learned the value of the double bluff, realising the importance of sounding like they are lying when telling the truth and vice versa.
There are alot of panel shows around these days and WILTY is among the better ones, it's repeated endlessly on Dave so if you haven't seen it yet check it out.
I found the programe Would I Lie To You the other night when flicking over the channels to find something interesting to watch as I was bored. It was on Dave channel on a Tuesday evening at 10.20pm.
The programme was originally made for tv by the BBC, the first series going out in 2007. It ran for three years.
I have now watched two shows and find it incredibly funny. The host is Angus Deayton and the two panel captains are David Mitchell and Lee Mack. They have two guest celebrities on each side each week. The general idea of the show is that they have to guess whether someone is telling the truth or telling a lie.
In the first round called Home Truths they each have a card with a statement on it that might be true or a lie. They read it out and the other team have to work out whether they are lying or telling the truth. They can ask them questions and it really does get funny with some of the scenarios they come out with.
The second round is called Ring of Truth where they are told a fact about some celebrity and they have to decide between the team whether it is true or false.
The third round is called This is My ...... and they bring out a person or two persons and one team have to take it in turns to say who this person is to them each telling a different story. Then the other team have to work out who is telling the true story.
The fourth round is the Quick Fire Round where who evers turn it is has a box with something in it and they have to say what it is and where they got it from etc.
This weeks show had Danny Baker and Anton du Beke on David's team and Michael Burke and Russell Howard on Lee's team.
The humour in these shows is right up my street, a bit schoolboy and very comical, I like David Mitchell's humour anyway, he just always comes out with the right thing to say. Lee Mack is very funny on this show as well and tells some good stories. I just wish I had started watching it from series 1 as it is now near the end of series 2, but hopefully it will re run again in the not too distant future.
As far as comedy panel shows go, this one really is nothing special. Although, every now and then, you do manage to watch an exceptionally funny show. The comedian captains, David Mitchell and Lee Mack are two of the best comedians around at the moment. With Mitchell's intellectual satirical use of language and vocabulary and Mack's cheeky northern style, the two are an unbeatable pair fit for any generation of comedy.
The show is all to do with whether or not the contestants can persuade the opposing team that their peculiar fact about themselves is either true, or false. Any questions can be asked with unpredictable out comes and humor develops in everyway be it making fun of someone's slow reactions to or in the speed of which they can reply.
The show's host, Rob Brydon, is perfect for the role as his face rarely changes from the straight solemn look. The only reason I find the show not massively appealing is because I watch other programs such as QI and have I got news for you. These shows I find have that little bit extra concerning witty lines, possibly because they are rehearsed.
On the whole the guests and the main stars of the show are at the top of their game and you could not get better. However, it is just the format of the shows and the quiz aspect which results in there not generating as much laughter from me.
Yet another TV quizzes show to fill up viewing time. However with Rob Brydon who appears in many sit coms as well as popping up in many others these days. I have to ask myself where this talented and busy actor/comedian gets his energy from let alone he must have quite an active brain to remember his lines.
"Would I lie to you" is a show with two well known talented celebrity captains, David Mitchell and Lee Mack with guest Celebrities to complete the teams, guess whether the other team is telling a true or false statement, plus another unknown guess is connected to one of the team with quick firing questions, Fun and Laughter all the way.
I enjoy this show although I feel we are getting overloaded these days with newer ones on the horizon which appear to be a bit seedy as well as fly on the wall entertainment, TV companies will have to watch that people don't get bored with less programmes without story lines.
First broadcast in 2007, 'Would I Lie to You?' is a generic and only moderately funny standard-format quiz show with one small twist; one side tries to portray a given implausable-sounding fact as true whilst the opposing side must guess whether they are lying or telling the truth. Its a format that is shamelessly ripped from the BBC's long running show 'Call My Bluff', with a few different rounds thrown in in an attempt to spice things up.
Different rounds see team members proclaiming questionable facts about themselves, other celebrities, and tv shows, as well as a quick-fire round and a round in which players have to try and convince their opponents that they share an association (eg an ex-teacher/student association) with a specially brought on guest.
The show feels pretty generic, due in part to its uninspired format and the lacklustre performance of Angus Daeton (now replaced by the infinitely less entertaining welsh comedian Rob Brydon), but team captain Lee Mack can be fairly amusing, although it is really the regularly inspired performances of Peep Show's David Mitchell that saves the show from utter mediocrity (See this clip, for example, in which Mitchell goes off on one of his trademark rants);
The other guests are the usual low-grade rent-a-celebrity crowd, and they often contribute very little to the show, leaving the team captains to struggle along by themselves. Despite the generaic format and uninspired guests the team captains are successful in carrying the show however, and it remains an entertaining if uninspired quiz that will likely appeal to fans of Mock The Week, Peep Show and 8 out of 10 cats.
Would I Lie To You is a BBC comedy panel show. It's currently on its third series and is shown on BBC1 at 10:35pm on Mondays. Though by no means my favourite comedy quiz/panel show it is definitely an entertaining watch and can be very amusing at times.
WILTY is set out in typical quiz show format with Rob Byrdon as host (though Angus Deayton hosted series' 1 and 2) and comedians David Mitchell and Lee Mack being the team captains. Each team has another 2 members which change on a weekly basis and include everyone from tv presenters to actors to comedians. Though unoriginal the format works well.
The aim of the show is oh so very simple: you must lie and get away with it. However, to make things a little more interesting WILTY is split into 5 different rounds. These are;
Home Truths - The contestants read out a statement relating to themselves and the opposing team decides if they're lying or telling the truth.
Ring of Truth- A fact about a celebrity is read out and people must decide if it's true or not.
This is My...- A guest person comes out and everyone from one team describes their relationship to the person whilst the other team decides who is telling the truth.
Quick-Fire Round- This has the same format as Home Truths but on a much quicker basis.
Telly Tales-Statements about a TV show are made and panelists decide if they are true or not.
Though I don't consider it to be in the same league as Have I Got News For You or Mock The Week WILTY is actually a pretty funny panel show. Since Angus Deayton left the comedy value has increased immensely and Brydon feels more like the third panellist than anything. Contestants tend to think quickly and lie very convincingly but the show is much better when a higher proportion of the guests are comedians. In this case the banter is much wittier and fast-paced and therefore more entertaining. Some boring or "trying too hard" guests can spoil the whole show though thankfully these are few and far between.
Occasionally the show does have some pretty old and tired jokes but generally speaking everything is fairly fresh and at least mildly amusing. As the format remains the same from week to week after watching a few of the shows it can become a little boring.
In my opinion the third series is by far the best and I would definitely recommend this show to anyone who is a fan of comedy panel shows. It is an amusing watch and showcases some good comedic talent. I'll always prefer the far more intelligent and funnier Mock The Week but as a bit of light entertainment you can't really go wrong with Would I Lie To You.
Find it on BBC 1, Mondays at 10:35pm.
Would I lie to you is a comedy quiz show in the popular panel format, except instead of answering questions on obscure facts, recent news or music, the contestants have a simple task - to figure out if the bizarre yarn being spun by a contestant on the opposite team is the truth, or a load of old codswallop .
Originally hosted by Angus Deayton, in this series (the third) he has been replaced by Rob Brydon . I actually haven't watched many episodes of the last two series, although I have watched a few and found Deayton as a host pretty good - very deadpan, and of course we know he's been up to a few antics in his time and fibbed about them, so he seems a very appropriate choice .
In the show, we have two team captains - Lee Mack, whom I've always loved as a comedian for his rough diamond northern charm and his cheeky remarks , leads one team,whilst David Mitchell leads the other. I've never been very familiar with David Mitchell before this, and find him quite amusing. He's very posh, although it's funny to hear his declarations of outrage when anyone might dare to allude to him being posh.
The reamining two contestants on each team change every week - past guests have included Fern Britten, Jo Brand, Claudia Winkleman, Jimmy Carr, Reginald D Hunter and many more . I do like that its not JUST comedians on the panels, but all sorts - Tv presenters, dancers -all kinds of people.
The show has a series of rounds .
The first round 'Home Truths' is where each contestant has a card in front of them with a statement printed on it, which they have't seen before the show . They then have to read this out, tell the story behind it, and leave the other team to guess whether they are telling the truth or a load of old flannel. This the other team do by asking questions and pressing for more detail, often picking apart the story or picking on particular aspects of it . This can be quite funny, especially when David Mitchell gets a little irate about certain points - such as being outraged that Lee Mack claimed to have thrown a sausage roll off the Blackpool , where he feigned horror that it might have landed in the mouth of a morbidly obese child!
I love this round, as sometimes you think someone is lying their arse off, only to find that they're just an exceptionally good bluffer and deliberately made the story less convincing to stop the other team from figuring out the story was true and getting the point .
The second round is 'Ring of Truth' where a celebrity fact is read out, for example 'Mick Jagger was approached by a company offering him $12 million for his ashes, to be divided into eggtimers'. The teams both try to decide if this fact is true or not .
The third round is 'This is my', where a person is introduced by one team, with each member of the team having a story about their involvement with this person and how they know them . The opposite team must then guess which member is telling the truth, and agin they do this with questioning for more details . It can be pretty funny, and often the least believable story turns out to be the truth .
The next round, Quick Fire, is the same as the first but against the clock . This can either be statements again, or sometimes a possession, where someone takes an item out of the box and explains what it is . There isn't so much time for extra details here, but some of the stories behind items can be amusing .
The show is pretty funny, and some of the tales are amazingly absurd and just make you laugh. Its sometimes shocking to find a tale is true when it seems so bizarre, and through watching this show I can only come to the conclusion that some celebrities are very odd indeed, and that Jo Brand would probably not be the safest person to babysit a child .
I do feel that Rob Brydons hostng can be a little dry - I suspect some of his gags are autocued, as they can be delivered very flatly . However, he does some pretty good impressions of people , and occasionally comes up with a very quick off the cuff remark that has me in stitches . The regular team captains are an excellent contrast - Northern lad Lee Mack and the super posh David Mitchell are a real pair off opposite who just bounce comedy remarks back and forth. There is a genuine sense of friendly rivalry between the teams , and unlike other panel shows, the teams do seem to genuinely want to win .
Would I Lie To You is shown on Mondays on BBC1 at 10.35. I feel it's appropriate for the show to be on this late as there is the occasional slipped in curse word, and some of the humour is perhaps not child friendly . However, the show is not out and out offensive and is a good watch, and I very much recommend it!
Four stars - one taken off for the occasional flat hosting by Rob Brydon .
Would I lie to you is a comedy panel show hosted by un-funny welsh comedian Rob Brydon, who recently took over from Angus Deayton.
The show is in a similar vain to QI, Mock The Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, and Argumental, albeit with a more family-friendly feel, and unique concept.
The six contestants are set into two teams of three, and must continue to lie to each other about various things from their past in order to accumulate points. This is done throughout the course of 5 rounds:
Each contestant must read out a statement and the opposing team must discern whether or not it is true.
A statement is made about a celebrity and the two teams must come to an agreement as to whether or not it is true.
A non-celebrity guest is brought out, and each member from a team claims that they have a pre-existing relationship with this person, and the opposing team must find out who is telling the truth.
A contestant from each team is given an item which they claim to be their own, usually something wacky or with an absurd reason for anyone to possess it.
A quickfire version of Round one.
The premise is done exceptionally well, and the choice of team captains is excellent. Lee Mack and David Mitchell have a very funny faux-confrontational class-driven rapport, often exacerbated by the mostly surreal nature of the lies distributed. The other contestants are the sort of people you'd expect to see on QI and other such shows. People like Jo Brand, Jimmy Carr and Sean Lock. They complement the show well, but it is still lacking a sense of edginess. The show's runtime is 30 minutes without advertisements.
Would I Lie To You successfully fuses laugh-out-loud comedy with the chance to put your skills at discerning body-language and tone of voice to the test.
Personally, I prefer the earlier episodes with Angus Deayton, as I find Rob Brydon to be boring, conventional, predictable and often cringeworthy in his lack of comedic talent.