Mock the Week will come to an end after 17 years

“When a story comes up at Mock the Week, nobody says, ‘How can I make this an agenda?'” he said in 2020. “You’re like, ‘What’s the gag? What’s the joke here? Where do I find the joke?’”

The show proved controversial over the years, with Frankie Boyle becoming a regular panelist. He caused an uproar by telling a lewd joke about the Queen and making insulting remarks about Rebecca Adlington’s performance.

Boyle left the show in 2009.

Jon Petrie, the BBC’s newest comedy director, thinks panel shows are an outdated idea.

Focus on sitcoms and comedy dramas

In a May speech outlining his vision for BBC comedy, Petrie said his focus is on sitcoms and comedy-drama, citing the success of Motherland, Ghosts and The Outlaws.

The final series of Mock the Week begins in the fall. The BBC said: “We’re really proud of the show but after 21 series we’ve made the difficult decision to make room for new shows.”

Angst Productions, who made the show for the BBC, said it was “occasionally controversial but always funny”.

O’Briain joked: “That’s it folks, the UK is finally out of the news. The storylines just kept getting crazier and crazier – global pandemics, divorce from Erope, new short-term prime ministers. It couldn’t go on.

“We couldn’t be more silly than the news already was.” Mock the Week will come to an end after 17 years

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