Was It Something I Said? (panel show)

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Was It Something I Said?
GenreComedy Panel game
Directed byBarbara Wiltshire
Presented byDavid Mitchell
StarringTeam captains
Richard Ayoade
Micky Flanagan
Narrated byGuest narrators
Theme music composerEphraim Greenland
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
ProducerArron Ferster
Production locationThe Maidstone Studios
EditorsSteve Andrews
Tim Ellison
Running time30 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production companiesMaverick Television
That Mitchell & Webb Company
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format16:9
Original release6 October (2013-10-06) –
24 November 2013 (2013-11-24)

Was It Something I Said? is a British comedy panel show that was broadcast on Channel 4, presented by David Mitchell and featuring team captains Richard Ayoade and Micky Flanagan. Celebrity guest narrators appeared in each episode, including David Harewood, Phil Daniels, Charles Dance and Mariella Frostrup.[1]

The show was spun off from the Quotables website, commissioned by Adam Gee at Channel 4 in collaboration with the Arts Council England in 2011. The programme included a play-along second screen game based entirely on Twitter.



The panel had to guess which of three celebrities said a particular quote read out by the guest narrator. The same celebrity could have more than one quote. At the end of this round, Mitchell asked the home viewers to complete a famous quote via Twitter, and upon return from the commercial break, asked the panel to complete it.

Key Words[edit]

The panelists were given only specific key words and must complete the entire quotation. For example, the words "score" and "seven" would lead to Abraham Lincoln's famous opening line from the Gettysburg Address, "Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

What Are They Talking About?[edit]

A quote was given completely out of context and the panelists had to determine the context of why the quote was said.

Was It Something I Said?[edit]

Teams played one at a time and have to determine if the quote was said by either of the opposing team members, David Mitchell, the guest narrator, or a "virtual TV guest" (random celebrity).

Episode guide[edit]

The coloured backgrounds denote the result of each of the shows:

  – Indicates Micky's team won.
  – Indicates Richard's team won.
  – Indicates the game ended in a draw.
Episode Original broadcast
(extended version)
Micky's team Richard's team Scores
Guest narrator
1 6 October 2013 (2013-10-06)
11 October 2013 (2013-10-11)
Charlie Higson Jimmy Carr 1–2
David Harewood
2 13 October 2013 (2013-10-13)
18 October 2013 (2013-10-18)
Gabby Logan Ed Byrne 2–2
Phil Daniels
3 20 October 2013 (2013-10-20)
25 October 2013 (2013-10-25)
Romesh Ranganathan Jason Manford 2–4
Mariella Frostrup
4 27 October 2013 (2013-10-27)
1 November 2013 (2013-11-01)
Katherine Ryan Bob Mortimer 2–5
Brian Blessed
5 3 November 2013 (2013-11-03)
8 November 2013 (2013-11-08)
Robert Webb Miles Jupp 4–2
Charles Dance
6 10 November 2013 (2013-11-10)
15 November 2013 (2013-11-15)
Sally Phillips Reginald D. Hunter 3–3
John Sergeant
7 17 November 2013 (2013-11-17)
22 November 2013 (2013-11-22)
Rhod Gilbert Josie Long 3–5
John Craven
8 24 November 2013 (2013-11-24)
29 November 2013 (2013-11-29)
Vic Reeves Josh Widdicombe 3–3
Kirsty Wark


  1. ^ "Was It Something I Said?". channel4.com. Retrieved 13 October 2013.

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