The Unbelievable Truth (radio show)
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Home station||BBC Radio 4|
|Created by||Graeme Garden
|Written by||Iain Pattinson (Chairman's script, series 1–2)
Dan Gaster (Chairman's script, series 3–6 & 8–9)
Colin Swash (Series 7 onwards)
John Finnemore (Chairman's Script, series 7–8)
|Produced by||Jon Naismith|
|Recording studio||Shaw Theatre, London|
|Original release||19 October 2006 – present|
|No. of series||18 + pilot and 2 specials|
|No. of episodes||111|
|Opening theme||"My Patch" by Jim Noir|
The Unbelievable Truth is a BBC radio comedy panel game made by Random Entertainment, devised by Graeme Garden and Jon Naismith. It is very similar to the occasional I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue game "Lies, All Lies", which was first played in 1985. The game is chaired by David Mitchell and is described in the programme's introduction as "the panel game built on truth and lies." The object of the game is to lie on a subject, whilst also trying to include the truth without being detected. The series was first broadcast as a pilot on 19 October 2006, with the first actual series broadcast on 23 April 2007. Its eighteenth series was aired from April to May 2017. Its nineteenth series began to be broadcast in October 2017.
The concept is a mirror image of the radio panel game "Many a Slip", devised by Ian Messiter, which ended in 1979, in which contestants do the opposite – spot errors hidden in narrations of true facts.
- 1 Rules
- 2 Reception
- 3 Theme tune
- 4 Subjects
- 5 Recordings
- 6 Scores
- 7 Episodes
- 7.1 Pilot
- 7.2 Series 1
- 7.3 Series 2
- 7.4 2008 Christmas Special
- 7.5 Series 3
- 7.6 Series 4
- 7.7 2009 New Year's / QI Special
- 7.8 Series 5
- 7.9 Series 6
- 7.10 Series 7
- 7.11 Series 8
- 7.12 Series 9
- 7.13 Series 10
- 7.14 Series 11
- 7.15 Series 12
- 7.16 Series 13
- 7.17 Series 14
- 7.18 Series 15
- 7.19 Series 16
- 7.20 Series 17
- 7.21 Series 18
- 7.22 Series 19
- 8 International versions
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
As David Mitchell says at the start of the programme, "the rules are very simple". The panel is made up of four players. In the game each of the panellists is given a subject on which they give a short lecture. Most of the lecture is composed of lies, but during the course of the speech the lecturer must try to smuggle five true statements past the rest of the panel. The challenging panellists must buzz in when they believe that what the lecturer is saying is true. They must state what they believe the fact was. If it was true, the challenger is awarded one point. If it was a lie, then they are deducted one point. One point is given to the lecturer for each truth they smuggle successfully without it being detected at the end of the lecture. The winner is the panellist with the most points. A perfect score is 20 points (by hiding all five of their truths, and spotting the five truths in all three of the other players' routines without making any wrong challenges), plus additional points for "unintentional" truths revealed during the monologue. However, nobody has reached this score yet, and in fact many contests have been amusingly low scoring, with most panellists having a negative number of points due to high number of guesses. On occasion, panellists have included more than five truths during in their talk, often unintentionally, although Jo Brand included an extra fact about Henry VIII as she thought it was so fantastic.
Reaction to the show has been generally positive. Many reviews have praised Mitchell's presentation of the programme, saying, "Mitchell's quick, intelligent wit gives it an edge that it would otherwise lack." Elizabeth Mahoney in The Guardian enthused: "From the first moments of its plinky plonky theme tune, 'The Unbelievable Truth' is a delight ... the success of the format isn't about how convincingly you can spin a tall story, but how well you can sneak incongruous true facts into a lot of silly nonsense. The pleasure here – David Mitchell's endearing squareness apart – is the depths to which this silliness sinks". Jane Anderson in The Radio Times described the show as "the funniest thing I've heard on Radio 4 in years and I'm considering suing the network for irreparable damage to my sides" and Chris Campling in The Times called it "The most consistently entertaining comedy panel show of the past few years" and praises David Mitchell's chairmanship.
However, some critics have complained that the programme is "too scripted" and would benefit from more improvisation. One review said, "However most of the programme is essentially listening to four rather silly pre-scripted stories, as if it's story time at primary school, and as such the real facts are often rather easy to spot in comparison. It may [sic] have been more dangerous fun if the contestants were supplied with their facts to be smuggled just before going on air, to allow even the pretence of some improvisation."
Ian Dunn for One Giant Leap also wrote a mixed review of the show saying that it, "may not be the best panel game in the world, but it is enjoyable. It is a way of merrily passing away half-an-hour." He commented on how the show managed to be successful in the same slot as other Radio 4 panel games Just a Minute and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (ISIHAC), although he mentioned there was a connection between ISIHAC and The Unbelievable Truth as the latter is created by the producer and one of the regular panellists from ISIHAC. Dunn also referred to the lack of input from Mitchell despite him being well known for good performances on other panel games, saying: "This sadly means that Mitchell is almost redundant and is reduced to the roll [sic]) of an umpire."
In The Guardian, Zoe Williams was critical of Mitchell, writing: "The Unbelievable Truth, for instance, should never have been recommissioned. It's only funny when Clive Anderson is speaking. They could more profitably devise a show that was just Clive Anderson, speaking. Its failures as a quiz are admirably demonstrated by the fact that the scoring is now inverse to the drollery, so that Clive scores no points at all, and Lucy Porter sometimes wins. I don't care about scoring when it's like I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and it's meant to mean nothing, but they can't all be spoof game-shows. Some of them have to be actual games that work."
The BBC received "almost 50" complaints after Mitchell opened the 26 October 2009 episode with the line, "There is absolutely no truth in the rumour that the last line in Anne Frank's diary reads: 'Today is my birthday; dad bought me a drum kit.'" Complainants branded the line "insensitive".
Recent series of the show have been selected in The Guardian, The Independent and The Daily Mail as a pick of the week, being "brilliantly chaired as ever by David Mitchell. More wide ranging and inventive than its TV equivalent ... this is a classic format which might well just last as long as say, Just a Minute", and Sarah Montague on Pick of the Week said of series six: "Radio 4 doesn't always get comedy right, but its comedy series The Unbelievable Truth is so funny that most presenters of this programme want to include a clip". In addition, the show received the highest AI, or Appreciation Index, figures of any comedy show on Radio 4 for 2010, and has been nominated for the 2011 Sony Radio Academy Awards. It won the category of "Best Radio Panel Show" in the British Comedy Guide's 2011 awards. In 2015 The Unbelievable Truth was nominated for the Rose d'Or in the "Radio Game Show" category.
The show's accuracy was playfully rebuffed in an episode of the television programme QI, itself having been forced to accept corrections at times, when Mitchell, one of the panellists on the subject of film and fame (Series F, Episode 11), found himself supplying answers based on information gathered from The Unbelievable Truth. The answers received klaxons on QI, causing Mitchell to acknowledge that some of the show's "unbelievable truths [turn] out, unbelievably, to be untrue." Mitchell then added in comic resignation, "People give you this shit and you read it out", and later jokingly accused QI's host Stephen Fry of trying to "kill off the medium" of radio. The show was nonetheless praised by Stephen Fry and fellow panellist Emma Thompson.
QI and The Unbelievable Truth now have something of a running gag criticising each other's lack of accuracy. Mitchell in his scripted comments for Episode 6 of the twelfth series complained that QI had referred to a lavish medieval dinner as "serving '100 eaglets' where it should have been '100 egrets'; it would be stupid to serve the offspring of eagles, whereas to serve up herons is far more sensible", and jokingly accused QI of getting "all its facts from Wikipedia".
The following subjects have been repeated on The Unbelievable Truth. Each of them has appeared twice, except where noted: Beards (3 times), Bears, Bees, Bicycles, Cats (4), Cheese, Chickens, China, Chocolate, Dancing, Dogs (3), Ducks, Football (3), Frogs, Funerals, Germany, Hair (3), Hats, Kissing, Marriage, Milk, Nudity (3), Oliver Cromwell, Penguins, Pigeons, Pigs, Potatoes, Queen Elizabeth II, Rain, Sheep, Shoes, Teeth, The Brain, The Moon, Trees, Wine, Women (3).
In general. recording two episodes together takes about three hours. Free tickets can be applied for from the Lost in TV website. Recordings are usually at the Shaw Theatre but in 2016 the show used the far larger Logan Hall in Bedford Way Bloomsbury for several recordings.
As in most British panel games, the scoring is not taken particularly seriously and the show is played for its comedy value and not as a point-scoring exercise. In Series 5 Episode 1 the panellist Graeme Garden was announced at the start as "the co-creator of the show, and tonight's winner".
The quirky scoring is part of the attraction of the game. While the maximum possible score is 20 (not including spotting truths accidentally included by the other panellists), contestants have many opportunities to lose points since they lose one for every incorrect challenge. The highest total score for any game was 9 by Lloyd Langford (in Series 13 Episode 2) and Graeme Garden (in Series 8 Episode 4), who also had the highest non-winning score of 6 (Series 1 Episode 6). The lowest game total was -6 in Series 4 Episode 4.
Of the forty-nine players who have appeared up to Series 6, the highest individual score is 11 by Graeme Garden in the pilot episode – Garden, who is the co-creator of the show, is also the most frequent player with 22 appearances.
Lucy Porter has 5 wins from eight appearances and therefore has a better win rate than Garden. She smuggled five facts past the panel in her discourse on Japan, in Series 12 Episode 4, leaving the host Mitchell to deprecatingly remark on the lack of knowledge the British have for other countries.
The most successful players are Sandi Toksvig and Simon Evans who both have a 100% winning records and average scores over 4, but have only played two and three games respectively. Series 15 Episode 06 marked Holly Walsh as the least successful player with -7, taking over the score of -6 jointly shared by Tony Hawks, Arthur Smith and Adam Hills, who also failed to post a positive score in either of his two appearances and has an average of -4.
The only players to win with a score of 0 were Rhod Gilbert and Reginald D. Hunter who tied at the top in Series 4 Episode 1, Victoria Coren Mitchell in Series 15 Episode 4, and Clive Anderson and Vicki Pepperdine who tied at the top in Series 17 Episode 3. Series 1 Episode 4 featured the only ever four-way tie, described by Mitchell as a scenario called: "Everyone getting three".
Jo Brand, Victoria Coren-Mitchell, Alan Davies, Phill Jupitus, Rhod Gilbert and Lucy Porter are the only players to have ever managed to smuggle all five true facts past their opponents, although in Brand's case in Series 1, Clive Anderson scored a point during her lecture thanks to an incidental bonus truth she had written in. Davies has managed all five twice, once in the New Year's special, and once in Series 7. Jupitus managed his shut-out in the second episode of Series 8, Gilbert in the second episode of series 10 and Porter as previously mentioned in the fourth episode of Series 12. Coren-Mitchell did so during series 15.
Often attempts are made to hide the truths in lists, with the decoy items in the list reflecting the plausibility (or implausibility) of the true item being smuggled. This can often lead to "points carnage" as the guests each try to guess the true item.
Winners are highlighted in bold.
|Pilot||19 October 2006||Jeremy Hardy, Andy Hamilton, Neil Mullarkey, Graeme Garden||Hair, Football, Cats, Bees|
|01x01||23 April 2007||Tony Hawks, Frankie Boyle, Neil Mullarkey, Marcus Brigstocke||Cats, Michael Jackson, Beards, Coffee|
|01x02||30 April 2007||Jeremy Hardy, Alan Davies, Jo Brand, Clive Anderson||Human Body, Coca-Cola, Morris Dancing, Carrots|
|01x03||7 May 2007||Jeremy Hardy, Alan Davies, Jo Brand, Clive Anderson||Chickens, London Underground, Queen Elizabeth I, Ancient Egyptians|
|01x04||14 May 2007||Sandi Toksvig, Dara Ó Briain, Jo Caulfield, Graeme Garden||George W. Bush, Women, Ants, Olympic Games|
|01x05||21 May 2007||Tony Hawks, Frankie Boyle, Neil Mullarkey, Marcus Brigstocke||Bras, Hemp, Barcodes, Queen Elizabeth II|
|01x06||28 May 2007||Sandi Toksvig, Dara Ó Briain, Jo Caulfield, Graeme Garden||Denmark, Rats, Prince Philip, Trousers|
|02x01||5 May 2008||Phill Jupitus, Alan Davies, Simon Evans, Tony Hawks||Bears, Beards, Queen Victoria, Tennis|
|02x02||12 May 2008||Michael McIntyre, Fred MacAulay, Graeme Garden, Lucy Porter||Toilets, Cows, Sandwiches, Giraffes|
|02x03||19 May 2008||Tim Vine, Adam Buxton, Ed Byrne, Lee Mack||Hedgehogs, Hair, Kissing, Potatoes|
|02x04||26 May 2008||Tony Hawks, Simon Evans, Alan Davies, Phill Jupitus||Skateboards, William Shakespeare, Frogs, Bananas|
|02x05||2 June 2008||Fred MacAulay, Graeme Garden, Lucy Porter, Michael McIntyre||Beds, Sweden, Leonardo da Vinci, Pigs|
|02x06||9 June 2008||Lee Mack, Tim Vine, Ed Byrne, Adam Buxton||Fleas, Napoleon Bonaparte, Left-handedness, Marriage|
2008 Christmas Special
|Sp.||15 December 2008||Graeme Garden, Jack Dee, Sean Lock, Armando Iannucci||Christmas Trees, Charles Dickens, Turkeys, Father Christmas|
|03x01||23 March 2009||Graeme Garden, Chris Addison, Clive Anderson, Lucy Porter||Bicycles, Albert Einstein, Money, Penguins|
|03x02||30 March 2009||Tony Hawks, Simon Evans, Johnny Vaughan, Milton Jones||Dogs, Iceland, Football, Prince Charles|
|03x03||6 April 2009||Graeme Garden, Chris Addison, Lucy Porter, Clive Anderson||China, The Postal Service, Moustaches, The Moon|
|03x04||13 April 2009||Jack Dee, Fred MacAulay, Will Self, Jeremy Hardy||Smiling, Charles Darwin, Cucumbers, Dolphins|
|03x05||20 April 2009||Sue Perkins, Arthur Smith, Sean Lock, Miranda Hart||Henry VIII, Cockroaches, Dancing, Cricket|
|03x06||27 April 2009||Fred MacAulay, Jack Dee, Will Self, Jeremy Hardy||The Brain, Umbrellas, Alcohol, Cheese|
|04x01||5 October 2009||Rhod Gilbert, Reginald D. Hunter, Shappi Khorsandi, Adam Hills||Golf, Cats, Tea, Adolf Hitler|
|04x02||12 October 2009||Clive Anderson, Henning Wehn, Fi Glover, Dom Joly||Baldness, Winston Churchill, Urine, Dwarves|
|04x03||19 October 2009||Tony Hawks, Arthur Smith, Phill Jupitus, Graeme Garden||Teeth, Underpants, The Vikings, Birmingham|
|04x04||26 October 2009||Rhod Gilbert, Reginald D. Hunter, Shappi Khorsandi, Adam Hills||Milk, Julius Caesar, Kissing, Kangaroos|
|04x05||2 November 2009||Clive Anderson, Henning Wehn, Fi Glover, Dom Joly||Tobacco, Sausages, Frogs, Elvis Presley|
|04x06||9 November 2009||Tony Hawks, Arthur Smith, Phill Jupitus, Graeme Garden||Ludwig van Beethoven, Wigs, Honey, The Telephone|
2009 New Year's / QI Special
|Sp.||28 December 2009||Rob Brydon, John Lloyd, Stephen Fry, Alan Davies||Snow, Tax, Champagne, Tigers|
|05x01||29 March 2010||Marcus Brigstocke, Henning Wehn, Lucy Porter, Graeme Garden||Childbirth, Beer, Sleep, Sir Isaac Newton|
|05x02||5 April 2010||Tony Hawks, Arthur Smith, Catherine Tate, Phill Jupitus||Hats, Pigeons, Hairdressers, Admiral Horatio Nelson|
|05x03||12 April 2010||Fred MacAulay, Susan Calman, Liza Tarbuck, Charlie Brooker||Skiing, Cleopatra, Elephants, Chocolate|
|05x04||19 April 2010||Marcus Brigstocke, Henning Wehn, Lucy Porter, Graeme Garden||Soap, Pudding, Rabbits, Taxis|
|05x05||26 April 2010||Tony Hawks, Arthur Smith, Catherine Tate, Phill Jupitus||Ostriches, Toast, Red, Spectacles|
|05x06||3 May 2010||Fred MacAulay, Liza Tarbuck, Susan Calman, Charlie Brooker||Ducks, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Make-up, Thomas Edison|
|06x01||27 September 2010||Chris Addison, Susan Calman, Rufus Hound, Armando Iannucci||Henry Ford, Biscuits, Rain, Squirrels|
|06x02||4 October 2010||Tony Hawks, Henning Wehn, Graeme Garden, Arthur Smith||Nudity, Shoes, Walt Disney, Cakes|
|06x03||11 October 2010||Rhod Gilbert, Tom Wrigglesworth, Lucy Porter, Kevin Bridges||Spiders, Mushrooms, Eggs, Edinburgh|
|06x04||18 October 2010||Chris Addison, Susan Calman, Rufus Hound, Armando Iannucci||Clocks & Watches, Funerals, Goldfish, Joseph Stalin|
|06x05||25 October 2010||Tony Hawks, Henning Wehn, Arthur Smith, Graeme Garden||Noses, Apples, Lord Byron, Fishing|
|06x06||1 November 2010||Rhod Gilbert, Tom Wrigglesworth, Kevin Bridges, Lucy Porter||Bells, Mrs. Beeton, Donkeys, The Police|
|07x01||4 April 2011||Marcus Brigstocke, Lucy Porter, Alan Davies, Jack Dee||Flies, Breasts, Enid Blyton, Curry|
|07x02||11 April 2011||Henning Wehn, Sue Perkins, Clive Anderson, Graeme Garden||Dogs, The Sun, Lewis Carroll, Lobsters|
|07x03||18 April 2011||Tony Hawks, Charlie Brooker, Arthur Smith, Rhod Gilbert||Mice, Television, Sir Walter Raleigh, Soup|
|07x04||25 April 2011||Marcus Brigstocke, Lucy Porter, Alan Davies, Jack Dee||Dieting, Snakes, Eyes, Cutlery|
|07x05||2 May 2011||Clive Anderson, Henning Wehn, Sue Perkins, Graeme Garden||Sheep, Furniture, Ancient Greeks, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle|
|07x06||9 May 2011||Rhod Gilbert, Arthur Smith, Tony Hawks, Charlie Brooker||Badgers, Ears, Divorce, Ice Cream|
|08x01||26 December 2011||Lee Mack, Graeme Garden, Jack Dee, Rufus Hound||Reindeer, Pantomime, Christmas Decorations, Boxes|
|08x02||2 January 2012||Mark Watson, Henning Wehn, Ed Byrne, Phill Jupitus||The Olympics, Blood, Bees, Butter|
|08x03||9 January 2012||Tony Hawks, Tom Wrigglesworth, John Finnemore, Alan Davies||Hamburgers, Snoring, Crocodiles, Pens|
|08x04||16 January 2012||Jack Dee, Lee Mack, Graeme Garden, Rufus Hound||Boy Scouts, Nuts, Florence Nightingale, Circuses|
|08x05||23 January 2012||Alex Horne, Henning Wehn, Roisin Conaty, Mark Watson||The Romans, Chickens, Sweets & Confectionery, Competitions|
|08x06||30 January 2012||Tom Wrigglesworth, John Finnemore, Alan Davies, Tony Hawks||The Radio, Pasta, Flowers, Wool|
|09x01||2 April 2012||Tony Hawks, Lucy Porter, Graeme Garden, Arthur Smith||Parrots, Breakfast, Insurance, Oliver Cromwell|
|09x02||9 April 2012||Tom Wrigglesworth, Henning Wehn, Danielle Ward, John Finnemore||Smoking, Football, China, Pandas|
|09x03||16 April 2012||Marcus Brigstocke, Miles Jupp, Susan Calman, Alan Davies||Swimming, Bread, Hotels, Foxes|
|09x04||23 April 2012||Arthur Smith, Tony Hawks, Lucy Porter, Graeme Garden||Barbie, Restaurants, Feet, Garlic|
|09x05||30 April 2012||Danielle Ward, Henning Wehn, John Finnemore, Tom Wrigglesworth||Bats, Cars, Dr. Johnson, Oranges|
|09x06||7 May 2012||Miles Jupp, Susan Calman, Marcus Brigstocke, Alan Davies||Goats, Singing, Glue, Painting|
|10x01||31 December 2012||Tony Hawks, Lucy Porter, Ed Byrne, Charlie Higson||Pies, Dancing, Worms, James Bond|
|10x02||7 January 2013||Lloyd Langford, Henning Wehn, Celia Pacquola, Rhod Gilbert||Wine, Queen Elizabeth II, Bathtubs, Wind|
|10x03||14 January 2013||John Finnemore, Henning Wehn, Holly Walsh, Arthur Smith||Boris Johnson, Computers, Oscar Wilde, Wasps|
|10x04||21 January 2013||Tony Hawks, Lucy Porter, Ed Byrne, Charlie Higson||Gambling, Teeth, Tortoises & Turtles, Lemons|
|10x05||28 January 2013||Lloyd Langford, Celia Pacquola, Phill Jupitus, Marcus Brigstocke||Tomatoes, Koalas, Boats, Cheese|
|10x06||4 February 2013||Arthur Smith, Henning Wehn, Holly Walsh, John Finnemore||Simon Cowell, Beards, Camels, Germany|
|11x01||8 April 2013||Lloyd Langford, Henning Wehn, Katherine Ryan, Graeme Garden||Sharks, Photography, Sugar, Jeremy Clarkson|
|11x02||15 April 2013||Rhod Gilbert, Richard Osman, Lucy Beaumont, John Finnemore||Moles, Cabbages, Trains, BBC|
|11x03||22 April 2013||Tony Hawks, Lucy Porter, Mark Watson, Ed Byrne||Monkeys, Fingers, Windows, Horns|
|11x04||29 April 2013||Henning Wehn, Katherine Ryan, Graeme Garden, Lloyd Langford||Geese, Horses, Advertising, Madonna|
|11x05||6 May 2013||Richard Osman, John Finnemore, Lucy Beaumont, Rhod Gilbert||Octopuses, Aeroplanes, Armadillos, Socks|
|11x06||13 May 2013||Ed Byrne, Mark Watson, Lucy Porter, Tony Hawks||The French, Lions, Grass, Pianos|
|12x01||30 December 2013||Arthur Smith, Henning Wehn, Bridget Christie, Ed Byrne||Poison, Etiquette, Jelly, David Mitchell|
|12x02||6 January 2014||Marcus Brigstocke, Holly Walsh, John Finnemore, Rufus Hound||Eton, Babies, Russia, Hats|
|12x03||13 January 2014||Henning Wehn, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Graeme Garden, Jeremy Hardy||Trees, Spain, Doctors, Newspapers|
|12x04||20 January 2014||Lloyd Langford, Lucy Porter, Tom Wrigglesworth, Fred MacAulay||Women, Japan, Owls, Potatoes|
|12x05||27 January 2014||Marcus Brigstocke, Holly Walsh, John Finnemore, Rufus Hound||Board games, Salt, Guinea pigs, Actors|
|12x06||3 February 2014||Jeremy Hardy, Graeme Garden, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Henning Wehn||The Clergy, Beetles, Novels, The British|
|13x01||7 April 2014||Alex Horne, Lucy Beaumont, John Finnemore, Jack Dee||Birds, Witches, Pubs, Shoes|
|13x02||14 April 2014||Lloyd Langford, Katherine Ryan, Jon Richardson, Graeme Garden||Whales, Canada, Pigs, Buses|
|13x03||21 April 2014||Alex Horne, Lucy Beaumont, John Finnemore, Jack Dee||Legs, The Internet, Dogs, The Middle Ages|
|13x04||28 April 2014||Lloyd Langford, Katherine Ryan, Jon Richardson, Graeme Garden||Wales, The Mouth, Fish, Perfume|
|13x05||5 May 2014||Tony Hawks, Susan Calman, Phill Jupitus, Miles Jupp||The Brain, The Victorians, Toads, Cooking|
|13x06||12 May 2014||Tony Hawks, Susan Calman, Phill Jupitus, Miles Jupp||School, Bears, Underwear, Bottles|
|14x01||29 December 2014||Lloyd Langford, David O'Doherty, Susan Calman, Josh Widdicombe||Penguins, Spoons, Dolls, Letters|
|14x02||5 January 2015||Ed Byrne, Henning Wehn, Holly Walsh, Richard Osman||Ireland, Rules, London, Beavers|
|14x03||12 January 2015||Arthur Smith, Sarah Millican, Sandi Toksvig, Graeme Garden||Death, Balloons, Farming, Jane Austen|
|14x04||19 January 2015||Ed Byrne, Holly Walsh, Richard Osman, Henning Wehn||Ancient Egypt, Ice, Rubbish, British food|
|14x05||26 January 2015||Lloyd Langford, Josh Widdicombe, Susan Calman, David O'Doherty||Fakes, Holes, Cats, Marie Antoinette|
|14x06||2 February 2015||Arthur Smith, Sarah Millican, Sandi Toksvig, Graeme Garden||Fat, Smells, Shopping, Gardens|
|15x01||24 August 2015||Lloyd Langford, Henning Wehn, Sara Pascoe, Miles Jupp||Magic, Austria, Swans, Onions|
|15x02||31 August 2015||Arthur Smith, Jon Richardson, Susan Calman, David O'Doherty||Pets, Bacteria, Zombies, Water|
|15x03||7 September 2015||Lloyd Langford, Henning Wehn, Sara Pascoe, Miles Jupp||Zoos, Theft, Phones, Hands|
|15x04||14 September 2015||Victoria Coren Mitchell, Holly Walsh, Katherine Ryan, Sarah Millican||Princesses, Diets, Sauces, Paper|
|15x05||21 September 2015||Arthur Smith, Jon Richardson, Susan Calman, David O'Doherty||Yorkshire, Soft drinks, Skin, Pirates|
|15x06||28 September 2015||Holly Walsh, Katherine Ryan, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Sarah Millican||IKEA, Marriage, Switzerland, Chewing gum|
|16x01||4 April 2016||Jon Richardson, Henning Wehn, Susan Calman, Jack Dee||Milk, Tattoos, Supermarkets, Vladimir Putin|
|16x02||11 April 2016||Joe Lycett, Sam Simmons, Aisling Bea, Richard Osman||Kitchens, Pigeons, Breakfast cereal, The Vatican|
|16x03||18 April 2016||Elis James, Maeve Higgins, Reginald D. Hunter, David O'Doherty||The 1970s, The Moon, Toys, Electricity|
|16x04||25 April 2016||Joe Lycett, Sam Simmons, Aisling Bea, Richard Osman||Jokes, Ghosts, Reality TV, Lego|
|16x05||2 May 2016||Jon Richardson, Henning Wehn, Susan Calman, Jack Dee||Funerals, British aristocracy, Nudity, Rubber|
|16x06||9 May 2016||Elis James, Maeve Higgins, Reginald D. Hunter, David O'Doherty||Gifts, Fashion, Women, Songs|
|17x01||3 October 2016||Holly Walsh, Lloyd Langford, Rich Hall, Henning Wehn||Mosquitoes, Flags, Roads, North Korea|
|17x02||10 October 2016||Holly Walsh, Henning Wehn, Rich Hall, Lloyd Langford||Tom Cruise, Basketball, Wood, McDonald's|
|17x03||17 October 2016||Tony Hawks, Vicki Pepperdine, Clive Anderson, Richard Osman||Chairs, Medicine, Prisons, Video games|
|17x04||24 October 2016||Tony Hawks, Vicki Pepperdine, Clive Anderson, Richard Osman||Australia, Leather, Oil, Crisps|
|17x05||31 October 2016||John Finnemore, Jeremy Hardy, Lucy Porter, Frankie Boyle||Donald Trump, Musicals, Weddings, Oxbridge|
|17x06||7 November 2016||John Finnemore, Jeremy Hardy, Lucy Porter, Frankie Boyle||Spies, Fire, Norfolk, The Beatles|
|18x01||3 April 2017||John Finnemore, Henning Wehn, Lou Sanders, Miles Jupp||Sheep, Islands, Steve Jobs, Beans|
|18x02||10 April 2017||John Finnemore, Henning Wehn, Lou Sanders, Miles Jupp||Names, Germany, Secrets, Nudity|
|18x03||17 April 2017||David O'Doherty, Marcus Brigstocke, Zoe Lyons, Richard Osman||Bicycles, Wine, Trees, Chocolate|
|18x04||24 April 2017||David O'Doherty, Marcus Brigstocke, Zoe Lyons, Richard Osman||Colour, Vegetables, Pizzas, Carpets|
|18x05||1 May 2017||Holly Walsh, Mark Steel, Elis James, Frankie Boyle||Ducks, Oliver Cromwell, Words, Astronauts|
|18x06||8 May 2017||Holly Walsh, Mark Steel, Elis James, Frankie Boyle||Delia Smith, Robots, Rain, Facebook|
|19x01||2 October 2017||Arthur Smith, Lou Sanders, Phil Wang, Richard Osman||Cows, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Students, Dolphins|
|19x02||9 October 2017||Arthur Smith, Lou Sanders, Phil Wang, Richard Osman||Sugar, Chickens, Aeroplanes, Kanye West|
|19x03||16 October 2017||Lloyd Langford, Henning Wehn, Ellie Taylor, John Finnemore||Dinosaurs, People's Republic of China, Cake, Bees|
|19x04||23 October 2017||Lloyd Langford, Henning Wehn, Ellie Taylor, John Finnemore||Boxing, Snails, Bras, Parents|
|19x05||30 October 2017||Tony Hawks, Holly Walsh, Mark Steel, Fred MacAulay||Twins, Sean Connery, Golf, Photography|
|19x06||6 November 2017||Fred MacAulay, Tony Hawks, Mark Steel, Holly Walsh||Star Wars, Doughnuts, Twitter, Jellyfish|
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