Mock the Week concludes later this year after 17 years on the air and more than 200 episodes.
The current comedy panel show ran for 21 series, 17 years, with eight episodes to come to mark the last ever.
What is Mock the Week?
Mock the Week is a British celebrity panel show on BBC Two, presented by Dara O’Briain. The show features regular panelists including Hugh Dennis, Chris Addison, Frankie Boyle, Rory Bremner and Russell Howard, as well as a number of stand-up guests, some of whom have made multiple appearances on the series.
In this format, six panelists, divided into two teams of three, answer questions about major and regional news that emerged in the week leading up to the show’s filming.
The underlying theme is to produce satirical, topical discussions of news and stand-up routines using improvisational comedy.
Each series contains compilation episodes with notable scenes, outtakes and additional footage, with repeat shows on the Dave channel.
The series was created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, who are also behind Whose Line Is It Whatever.
Why was Mock the Week cancelled?
The BBC said the show would be axed to make room for new shows. In a statement, the broadcaster said: “The next series of Mock The Week will be the last, we are really proud of the show but after 21 series we have made the difficult decision to make room for new shows.
“We would like to thank Angst Productions, host Dara O’Briain, panelist Hugh Dennis and all the guest comedians who have been involved with the show throughout 21 series.”
Presenter Dara Ó Briain added: “That’s it folks; The UK has finally run out of news. The storylines kept getting crazier and crazier; Global pandemics, divorce from Europe, new short-term prime ministers. It couldn’t go on.
“And so, unfortunately, we close the doors on Dara and Hugh [Dennis]’s Academy for Baby Comedians. We just couldn’t be more silly than the news already was.
“A big thank you to all our guests over the years, so many of whom have achieved great success themselves and never write or call. It was a pleasure!”
Mock the Week has been credited with providing a platform for many comedians to showcase household names like Frankie Boyle, Angela Barnes and Russell Howard.
Angela Barnes said of the ending: “Mock the week was a big part of my comedy life, thanks for taking me with you. I have made many memories and many friends and will be so sad to say goodbye.
“On the plus side, I was literally running out of ideas for improbable things to hear in an action movie.”
Who will star in the final series?
Each week the show hosts five guests and regularly features Hugh Dennis on the podium, along with Dara O’Briain as presenter.
The final cast has yet to be announced, but frequent appearances by the likes of Ed Byrne, Milton Jones, Rhys James, James Acaster, Zoe Lyons, Maisie Adam and Nish Kumar could mean some popular faces will return for the final series.