8 Out of 10 Cats
|8 Out of 10 Cats|
|Also known as||8 Out of 10 Cats: Uncut
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
|Directed by||Chris Howe (series 1–3)
Barbara Wiltshire (series 3–7 and 9–)
Richard Valentine (series 6, 8–12 and 14–)
|Presented by||Jimmy Carr|
Dave Spikey (series 1–4)
Jason Manford (series 5–10)
Jon Richardson (series 11–)
|Narrated by||John Pohlhammer|
|Theme music composer||Mat Osman|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||15|
|No. of episodes||144 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Richard Osman
Dominic English (series 1)
Ruth Phillips (series 3-)
|Producer(s)||Darren Smith (series 1-3)
Ruth Phillips (series 1-2)
Derek McLean (series 4-7)
Ruth Wallace (series 4-5)
Karen Murdoch (series 6-8)
Stu Mather (series 8-10)
Fiona McDermott (series 9)
Richard Cohen (series 11-)
Andrew Westwell (series 11-12)
Adam Hutchinson (series 13-)
|Editor(s)||Tim Ellison (series 1-10 and 13-)
Ian Birchall (series 1-4 and 9-11)
Steve Andrews (series 1-3, 5, 7, 9-11 and 13-)
Bex Murray (series 1, 4-11 and 13-)
Damon Tai (series 2-11 & 14-)
Tom Jarvis (series 7)
Matthew Jeffreys (series 7)
Ben Heather (series 12-)
David Frisby (series 12)
Nick King (series 12)
Jamie Shemeld (series 15-)
|Location(s)||BBC Television Centre (series 1-15)
Teddington Studios (series 16, 1 episode)
Pinewood Studios (series 16-)
MediaCityUK (Countdown editions)
|Running time||30 minutes (inc. adverts)|
|Original channel||Channel 4|
|Original run||3 June 2005– present|
8 Out of 10 Cats is a British television comedy panel game produced by Zeppotron (a subsidiary of Endemol UK) for Channel 4. It was first broadcast on 3 June 2005. The show is based on statistics and opinion polls, and draws on polls produced by a variety of organizations and new polls commissioned for the programme, carried out by company Harris Poll. The show's title is derived from a well-known advertising tagline for Whiskas cat food, which originally claimed that "8 out of 10 cats prefer Whiskas". The show is hosted by Jimmy Carr and the current team captains are Sean Lock and Jon Richardson.
The show is hosted by comedian Jimmy Carr and features two teams, consisting of a regular team captain and two celebrity guests each. Sean Lock has appeared as the first team captain since the show's inception; the opposing captain was originally Dave Spikey, who left after series 4 to pursue other projects and was replaced by Jason Manford. Manford departed following series 10, and was replaced by Jon Richardson for series 11.
Every week, the captains are joined by two celebrities from the likes of David Walliams and Alan Carr. Often, topical celebrities appear on the show, for example Ruth Badger following her appearance on The Apprentice.
The show is currently recorded at Pinewood Studios, previously at BBC Television Centre, typically the day before transmission. However, in the past few years, due to Jimmy Carr's stand-up schedule, certain episodes are pretaped and broadcast later as "special" episodes dealing with a particular subject.
The current rounds featured on 8 Out of 10 Cats are:
- "What Are You Talking About?" - The polling organisation asked the public what they were talking about during the week. The teams have to try to guess the top three.
- "Pick of the Polls" - The teams are given four pictures to pick from and are given a poll based around that picture.
- "Believe It or Not" - The teams are given a statistic and try to guess if it is true or false.
- "And the Winner Is..." - The teams are given a question from a poll and then they try to guess what came on top of that poll.
- "The Poll with a Hole" - each team is given a statistic but it is missing one piece of salient information. The teams have to guess what that piece of information is.
Until series 8 there were four rounds during the game, but it has since been reduced to three. The points often do not add up correctly, as the show has to be edited to fit in its 26 minute slot. From series 9 there is a longer version of the show called 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut, broadcast a few days later.
- "Face Off" - The teams have to guess who from a list of famous people came top with respect to a particular topic.
- "Word Association" - The teams view a clip illustrating a word and have to guess the top three things people thought of when they heard that word.
- "What's the Poll?" - The teams are given five famous people, picture by picture, and they have to guess which poll they appeared on.
On 2 January 2012, a special episode of Countdown aired as part of a special "mash-up night" celebrating Channel 4's 30th birthday. Jimmy Carr took over as host alongside Rachel Riley. Sean Lock and Jon Richardson competed as contestants and Joe Wilkinson joined Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner. The show consisted of 4 letters rounds, 2 numbers rounds and the conundrum, interspersed with 8 Out of 10 Cats-style banter.
A second Countdown special was broadcast on 24 August 2012 as part of Channel 4's "Funny Fortnight". Once again, Sean Lock and Jon Richardson were contestants, Jimmy Carr host and Rachel Riley and Susie Dent returned to their roles too. In the dictionary corner, Susie was this time joined by David O'Doherty. Joe Wilkinson and past contestant Clarke Carlisle also featured. In this edition there were 5 letters rounds, 4 numbers rounds and a conundrum.
Two further specials aired in April 2013, with Lee Mack playing against Jon, as Sean was unwell. In addition to the regulars, these specials also featured Rhod Gilbert, Rob Beckett, Stephen Mangan and Richard Osman as contestants, Tim Key and Henning Wehn in dictionary corner, and Joe Wilkinson as Rachel's "personal assistant".
On 9 July 2013, Channel 4 announced it had commissioned a full series of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown to air later in the summer. Six episodes aired from July to September, featuring Sean Lock and Jon Richardson as regular contestants alongside Sarah Millican, Jason Manford, Chris Ramsey, Miles Jupp, Bob Mortimer, Lee Mack, Adam Hills, Humphrey Ker and Rhod Gilbert as guests. Tim Key, Danny Dyer, Nick Helm, Rich Hall, Alex Horne and Abandoman appeared in dictionary corner, and Joe Wilkinson returned in each episode as Rachel's "personal assistant".
On 4 January 2013, a special episode of Deal or No Deal featuring Carr as host alongside Richardson and Lock, aired during another Channel 4 "mash-up night", the story behind it being that Noel Edmonds had been driven to leave when Derren Brown was playing, and was getting all the boxes from lowest to highest. Noel ran away with the 250 000 box, saying that he 'spent it all on his shirt'. The backstage personnel then took out a hammer and smashed the 'break glass for Jimmy Carr' box, which produced a horn, which was used to call Carr to the set.
Joe Wilkinson guest starred as the Banker's assistant. Guests were Nicola Adams, Rob Beckett, Gemma Collins, Mia Cross, Corinne Davies, Susie Dent, Matt Forde, John Fothergill, Stephen Frost, Nick Helm, Elis James, Dave Johns, Tony Law, Alice Levine, Mark Olver, Rachel Riley, John Robins, Katherine Ryan, Nong Skett, Andy Smart and Holly Walsh.
A series of podcast have also been released on iTunes, with material directly from the show for several episodes. Each podcast is typically the "What Are You Talking About" round from that episode.
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|1||3 June 2005||5 August 2005||10|
|2||10 February 2006||24 March 2006||7|
|3||26 May 2006||14 July 2006||8|
|4||20 October 2006||8 December 2006||8|
|5||15 June 2007||20 July 2007||6|
|6||13 June 2008||18 July 2008||6|
|7||4 September 2008||27 November 2008||14|
|8||5 June 2009||17 July 2009||7|
|9||8 January 2010||19 February 2010||7|
|10||17 September 2010||15 October 2010||5|
|11||17 June 2011||19 August 2011||10|
|12||23 September 2011||25 November 2011||10|
|13||27 April 2012||22 June 2012||9|
|14||8 October 2012||17 December 2012||10|
|15||18 January 2013||29 March 2013||11|
|16||4 October 2013||29 November 2013||9|
|12 August 2005||Big Brother 6 Special|
|18 August 2006||Big Brother 7 Special|
|15 December 2006||The Best of Series 4|
|30 August 2007||Big Brother 8 Special|
|5 September 2008||Big Brother 9 Special|
|26 December 2008||The Best of Series 7|
|24 July 2009||The Best of Series 8|
|11 June 2010||Footy World Cup Special|
|21 August 2010||The Best of Series 9|
|9 September 2010||Big Brother 1-11 Special|
|23 December 2010||Christmas Special|
|5 March 2011||24 Hour Panel People Comic Relief Special|
|26 August 2011||The Best of Series 11|
|9 December 2011||The Best of Series 12|
|23 December 2011||Christmas Special|
|2 January 2012||8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown 1|
|24 August 2012||8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown 2|
|29 June 2012||The Best of Series 13 (Part 1)|
|6 July 2012||The Best of Series 13 (Part 2)|
|24 December 2012||Christmas Special|
|4 January 2013||8 Out of 10 Cats does Deal or No Deal|
|12 April 2013||8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown 3|
|19 April 2013||8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown 4|
|26 July 2013||8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown 5|
|2 August 2013||8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown 6|
|9 August 2013||8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown 7|
|16 August 2013||8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown 8|
|13 September 2013||8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown 9|
|20 September 2013||8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown 10 (80's special)|
|24 December 2013||Christmas Special|
8 Out of 10 Cats: Claws Out is a ninety-minute collection of highlights from the past few series which features deleted scenes considered too offensive to be aired. It was released on 20 November 2006.
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