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'Mock The Week' Returns To BBC Two This Summer

2nd July 2008

The show's combination of stand-up, off-the-cuff games, performance rounds and topical discussion reaches a large and loyal following of passionate comedy fans and the show provides a testing comedy coliseum where both the newest stand-up talent and established performers can attempt to hold their own alongside an intimidating set of regulars.

Hosted by Dara O'Briain, each show will again match hard-hitting Frankie Boyle and multi-skilled Hugh Dennis against Russell Howard's and Andy Parsons' mix of the lovably surreal and the politically incisive.

Since it began in 2005, 'Mock The Week' has provided a platform for talents such as David Mitchell, Michael McIntyre and award-winning comedian and author Mark Watson, as well as the likes of Gina Yashere and John Oliver who have both gone on to great success in the US.

Seasoned performers have included Rory Bremner, Jo Brand, Clive Anderson, Jan Ravens and Al Murray.

David Mitchell, Michael McIntyre and Mark Watson will all return for the new series along with, among others, Lauren Laverne, Ed Byrne and Greg Proops.

The last series took YouTube by storm. During its run it occupied nine of the top 10 BBC YouTube slots.

'Mock The Week' was created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson on the creative force behind the improvisation show 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', which ran for ten years on British TV before successfully transferring to the United States.

'Mock The Week' is produced for BBC Two by independent production company Angst Productions.

Suzanne Gilfillan, Executive Editor of BBC Entertainment, said: "I'm delighted that Dara and his guests are coming back to Thursday nights on BBC Two. Their unique take on the absurdity of the world is the perfect way to kick off the weekend."

Dan Patterson, Series Producer, said: "It's great to be back for another series with a whole new set of targets and issues. I look forward to 2008 being the funniest summer since records began."

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