We live in ridiculous times. So it’s only right that they get lampooned as much as possible by some of the finest comedic talent on telly. With that in mind, praise the TV gods that satirical panel show Mock The Week is back for series 16!
No public figure or hot topic is safe on this show, as demonstrated by last week’s series opener on election night. And there’s plenty to discuss (and mercilessly take the mick out of) throughout the rest of its return, including the British & Irish Lions’ rugby tour of New Zealand, ongoing Brexit back-and-forth and some fella across the pond called Donald Trump.
Mock The Week has helped launch many a comedy career, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that it’s the seasoned regulars like Dara Ó Briain, Hugh Dennis, Ed Byrne and Milton Jones who’ve kept us guffawing into our pre-bed cocoa with heroic levels of consistency.
Speaking of Hugh Dennis (clunky segue alert!), we sit down with the comedian and star of Outnumbered to find out just how famous he is.
Hugh, let’s play The Fame Game…
Hello, Hugh! Have you ever met the Queen?
Who’s the most famous person in your phonebook?
Bus, tube, taxi or chauffeur?
When did you last Google yourself?
When was the last time you were stopped for a selfie?
How many Twitter followers do you have?
What’s your typical coffee order?
Where’s the strangest place you’ve been recognised?
Do you drive an electric car?
What was the last film you paid to see?
Craft beer or draft beer?
What was the last party you went to?
Do you have a life coach or a PA?
Have you ever commissioned a self-portrait?
Do you “go on holiday” or do you “holiday”?
Do you watch yourself on TV?
Hugh Dennis scores 6 points!
He may be a big star in East Africa and he has actually met the Queen, but he’s managed to remain down to earth with it all.
Watch Mock The Week, Thursdays, 10pm, BBC Two/HD (CH 102/162). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer. Find episode 1 in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer