|Would I Lie to You?|
Titles used since series 3
|Genre||Comedy Panel game|
|Created by||Peter Holmes|
|Directed by||Barbara Wiltshire (2007-2008, 2011-)
David Coyle (2009-2010)
|Presented by||Angus Deayton (2007-2008)
Rob Brydon (2009-)
|Voices of||David de Keyser (2007)
Paul Ridley (2008-2010)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||11|
|No. of episodes||101+2 specials
(as of 24 January 2018)
Gilly Hall (2011-)
|Andrew Westwell (2007-2008)
Derek McLean (2007-2009)
Fiona McDermott (2009-2010)
Rachel Ablett (2011-)
Kate Staples (2011)
Stephanie McIntosh (2012-)
|Location(s)||The Fountain Studios (2007)
BBC Television Centre (2008)
Pinewood Studios (2009-)
|Editor(s)||Steve Andrews (2007-2008)
Tim Ellison (2007-2008)
Bex Murray (2007-2008)
Steve Nayler (2009-)
Tom Munden (2011-)
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Picture format||PAL (576i) (2007-2010)
HDTV (1080i) (2011-)
|Original release||16 June 2007- present|
Would I Lie to You? is a British comedy panel show aired on BBC One, made by Zeppotron for the BBC. It was first broadcast on 16 June 2007. It is hosted by Rob Brydon and stars David Mitchell and Lee Mack as the team captains.
The show was presented by Angus Deayton in 2007 and 2008, and by Rob Brydon (who had appeared as a guest panellist in the second series) from 2009 onwards. The team captains are comedians David Mitchell and Lee Mack. As revealed by Lee Mack on Alan Carr: Chatty Man on 19 September 2014, Alan Carr was a team captain in the pilot but subsequently turned down an offer to appear on later shows. For each show, two celebrity guests join each of the team captains. The teams compete as each player reveals unusual facts and embarrassing personal tales for the evaluation of the opposing team. Some of these are true; some are not, and it is the panellists' task to decide which is which.
The first series was recorded at Fountain Studios in Wembley during March and April 2007, and aired at 21:55 between 16 June and 28 July 2007 on BBC One (missing a week for coverage of the Concert for Diana memorial event).
Filming for the second series took place between 15 November and 18 December 2007. The second series was filmed at BBC Television Centre in White City, West London, because Fountain Studios were being used for The X Factor at the time. The second series aired at 21:00 between 11 July 2008 and 29 August 2008 on BBC One, and contained eight shows, an increase of two from series one. A compilation episode featuring some previously unaired material was aired on 19 September 2008 at 21:30 on BBC One.
Filming of a third series of eight episodes took place at Pinewood Studios during March and April 2009, and was broadcast between 10 August 2009 and 29 September 2009 on BBC One at 22:35. A compilation episode was also recorded. The airdate was 17 December 2009, due to the addition of Match of the Day to the BBC One schedule.
Filming of a fourth series of eight episodes took place at Pinewood Studios again during April and May 2010, and was broadcast between 23 July 2010 and 10 September 2010 on BBC One at 22:35. The compilation episode aired on 17 September 2010.
The fifth series was filmed during March 2011 and started airing from 9 September at 21:30.
In all rounds, the scoring system is the same: teams gain a point for correctly guessing whether a statement is true or not, but if they guess incorrectly the opposing team gets a point. It is impossible for viewers to follow the scores until they are read out at the end of each round, as some questions are edited out. However, from the sixth series the scores were re-recorded to reflect what had made the edit and not the whole recording.
The following have all appeared multiple times as one of the guest panelists on the show, up to and including any unbroadcast episodes of Series 12 (as of 24 May 2018). This list does not include the special Comic Relief episode.
a. ^ Including an appearance where he substituted for Lee Mack as captain
The first show of Series 1 had 3.8 million viewers, a 19% audience share at the time it was broadcast.
The first show of Series 2 had 3 million viewers and a 14% audience share. Later episodes indicated ratings of 2.7 - 3.2 million, with the final show of the series getting 3.3 million viewers and a 15% audience share.
The first show of Series 3 had 2.8 million viewers, the lowest number for a series opener so far; however, this equated to a 17% audience share. The final show attracted only 2.5 million viewers, but with a 19% audience share overall.
The first show of series 4 had 3.12 million viewers and a 19.7% audience share, the best performance for a series opener since series 1.
The series 5 premiere had the show's highest ratings to date, with 4 million viewers and a 17.2% audience share.
Series 6 began with an audience share of 14.9% and peak viewing figures of 3.53 million. These figures were above the seventh series figures of 2.83 million / 12.8% audience share, although these rose to 3.17 million by the end of the series with a 14.7% share.
The show came second place in the British Comedy Guide's 2010 awards for the category "Best British TV Panel Show", losing out to QI. The following year, it won the same category. It also won the category in 2013, and also won the "Comedy of the Year 2013" award, making it the first non-scripted show to do so. It won the "Panel Show" category for the third time at the 2014 awards, and again in 2015, and 2017.
The show won the British Comedy Award for "Best British TV Panel Show" in 2010. It was nominated in the same category at the following year's ceremony, but lost to Shooting Stars. It won the award twice in a row at the 2013 and 2014 ceremonies.
The programme was nominated for its first BAFTA in 2014, for the category "Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme", losing to A League of Their Own. It was nominated again in the same category the following year, but lost to The Graham Norton Show; it went on to receive a third nomination at the 2016 awards.
The coloured backgrounds denote the result of each of the series:
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|1||16 June 2007||28 July 2007||6|
|2||11 July 2008||29 August 2008||8|
|3||10 August 2009||28 September 2009||8|
|4||23 July 2010||10 September 2010||8|
|5||9 September 2011||28 October 2011||8|
|6||13 April 2012||22 June 2012||8|
|7||3 May 2013||28 June 2013||8|
|8||12 September 2014||8 January 2015||8|
|9||31 July 2015||13 January 2016||8|
|10||2 September 2016||21 October 2016||8|
|11||20 November 2017||19 January 2018||8|
|19 September 2008||The Best & Unseen Bits from Series 2|
|17 December 2009||The Best & Unseen Bits from Series 3|
|17 September 2010||The Unseen Bits from Series 4|
|5 March 2011||24 Hour Panel People Comic Relief Special|
|25 November 2011||The Unseen Bits from Series 5|
|29 June 2012||The Unseen Bits from Series 6|
|6 September 2013||The Unseen Bits from Series 7|
|23 December 2013||Christmas Special|
|22 December 2014||Christmas Special|
|18 February 2015||The Unseen Bits from Series 8|
|24 December 2015||Christmas Special|
|27 January 2016||The Unseen Bits from Series 9|
|28 October 2016||The Unseen Bits from Series 10|
|18 November 2016||Children in Need: Children's Special|
|19 December 2016||Christmas Special|
|18 December 2017||Christmas Special|
|24 January 2018||The Unseen Bits from Series 11|