Mock The Week cancelled after 17 years and 200 episodes

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2 Aug 2022, 14:31

(L-R) Hugh Dennis, Josh Widdicombe, Milton Jones, Dara O'Briain, Ellie Taylor, Rob Beckett and Andy Parsons on Mock The Week

Credit: BBC

Comedy panel show Mock The Week is coming to an end after 17 years on air.

The much-loved weekly BBC series, which saw six competing comedians tackle the news in the funniest way possible, will end after 21 series and over 230 episodes. 

Comedian Dara O’Briain said hosting the satirical show for its 17-year run was “a joy”, but “the UK has finally run out of news.”

In a statement confirming the news, Dara explained: “The storylines were getting crazier and crazier; Global pandemics, divorce from Europe, novelty short-term Prime Ministers. It couldn't go on. And so, regretfully, we are closing the doors on Dara and Hugh's Academy for Baby Comedians. 

“We just couldn't be more silly than the news was already. Huge thanks to all our guests over the years, so many of whom went on to huge successes of their own, and never write or call. It was a joy!"

Mock The Week is often credited with helping young comedians break the TV comedy scene, with the likes of Frankie Boyle, Russell Howard and Michael McIntyre getting their big break on the series. 

The BBC added: “The next series of Mock The Week will be the last, we are really proud of the show but after 21 series we have taken the difficult decision in order to create room for new shows. We would like to thank Angst Productions, host Dara O Briain, panellist Hugh Dennis and all the guest comedians involved in the show across the 21 series."

Mock The Week creator Dan Patterson, who is also responsible for shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway?, shared his disappointment at the news via Twitter, and gave hope to fans that this isn’t the end of the beloved format. 

He wrote: “It’s been announced that the next series of Mock the Week will be the last after 17 great years on the BBC. Desperately disappointing but hopefully we will resurface again soon. Huge thanks to Dara  and Hugh and all the wonderful performers over the years. It’s been a privilege.”

Angst Productions, the company behind the programme, continued in their statement: “We’re naturally hugely disappointed that Mock The Week is coming to an end and hope that we will be able to resurface somewhere some day in the future.

“However, the last 17 years on BBC Two have been an absolute blast. It’s been a great privilege to work closely with scores of truly incredible performers and we’d also like to take the opportunity to thank the BBC and all our many fans around the world for their support over the years.”

The final episodes of Mock The Week will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer this autumn.