Would I Lie to You? (TV series)

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Would I Lie to You?
Titles used since series 3
Genre Comedy
Directed by Barbara Wiltshire (2007–2008, 2011–)
David Coyle (2009–2010)
Presented by Angus Deayton (2007–2008)
Rob Brydon (2009–)
Starring Team Captains
David Mitchell
Lee Mack
Voices of David de Keyser (2007)
Paul Ridley (2008–2010)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 9
No. of episodes 71 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Peter Holmes
Ruth Phillips
Gilly Hall (2011–)
Producer(s) Andrew Westwell (2007–2008)
Derek McLean (2007–2009)
Fiona McDermott (2009–2010)
Rachel Ablett (2011–)
Kate Staples (2011)
Stephanie McIntosh (2012–)
Editor(s) Steve Andrews (2007–2008)
Tim Ellison (2007–2008)
Bex Murray (2007–2008)
Steve Nayler (2009–)
Tom Munden (2011–)
Location(s) The Fountain Studios (2007)
BBC Television Centre (2008)
Pinewood Studios (2009–)
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Zeppotron
Distributor Endemol UK
Original network BBC One
Picture format PAL (576i) (2007–2010)
HDTV (1080i) (2011–)
Original release 16 June 2007 (2007-06-16) – present
External links
Official website

Would I Lie to You? is a British comedy panel show aired on BBC One, made by Zeppotron for the BBC. It was first broadcast on 16 June 2007.


The show was presented by Angus Deayton in 2007 and 2008 and by Rob Brydon (who had appeared as a guest panellist in the second series) from 2009 onwards.[1] The team captains are comedians David Mitchell and Lee Mack. As revealed by Lee Mack on Alan Carr: Chatty Man on 19 September 2014, Alan Carr was a team captain in the pilot but subsequently turned down an offer to appear on later shows. For each show, two celebrity guests join each of the team captains. The teams compete as each player reveals unusual facts and embarrassing personal tales for the evaluation of the opposing team. Some of these are true; some are not, and panellists’ task is to decide which is which.

The first series was recorded at The Fountain Studios in Wembley during March and April 2007, and aired at 21:55 between 16 June and 28 July 2007 on BBC One (missing a week for coverage of the Concert for Diana memorial event).

Filming for the second series took place between 15 November and 18 December 2007. The second series was filmed at BBC Television Centre in White City, West London, as the Fountain Studios were being used for The X Factor at the time. The second series aired at 21:00 between 11 July 2008 and 29 August 2008 on BBC One, and contained eight shows, an increase of two from series one. A compilation episode featuring some previously unaired material was aired on 19 September 2008 at 21:30 on BBC One.[2]

Filming of a third series of eight episodes took place at Pinewood Studios during March and April 2009, and was broadcast between 10 August 2009 and 29 September 2009 on BBC One at 22:35. A compilation episode was also recorded. The airdate was 17 December 2009, due to an addition of Match of the Day to the BBC One schedule.

Filming of a fourth series of eight episodes took place at Pinewood Studios again during April and May 2010, and was broadcast between 23 July 2010 and 10 September 2010 on BBC One at 22:35. The compilation episode aired on 17 September 2010.

The fifth series was filmed during March 2011 and started airing from 9 September at 21:30.[3]

The sixth series of the show was recorded in March 2012 and began its broadcast on 13 April 2012.[4] This series was aired in a pre-watershed slot, at 20:30, for the first time.[5]


In all rounds, the scoring system is the same; teams gain a point for correctly guessing whether a statement is true or not, but if they guess incorrectly the opposing team gets a point. It is impossible for viewers to follow the scores until they are read out at the end of each round, as some questions are edited out; however, in the sixth series the scores were re-recorded to reflect what had made the edit and not the whole recording.

Current rounds[edit]

  • "Home Truths": Panellists read out a statement about themselves. The opposing team has to decide whether it is true or false by asking the panellist questions. The first series used all six panellists; from the second series onwards, only the four guests read statements.
  • "This is My...": A guest person is introduced. Panellists on one of the teams tell the opposing team about their relationship to the guest person; only one is genuine, and the opposing team has to work out which it is.
  • "Quick-Fire Lies": Same as "Home Truths" but ostensibly against the clock, with the panellists chosen at random. In series two a 'possessions' element was introduced; the panellist takes an item out of a box and has to convince the opposing team that it belongs to them. From the fourth series Rob Brydon also participated in this round, with both teams questioning him at once. In the later series, this round is usually restricted to Mitchell and Mack.

Former rounds[edit]

  • "Ring of Truth": A celebrity fact is read out by the host, each team have to reach a joint decision whether it is true or false. This round was generally edited out of the fourth series; as of series 5, it is no longer being played.
  • "Telly Tales": Clips from a TV show are shown, a statement is read out about the show by a member of one team and the other team has to guess whether it is true or false. This round was only played in the first series.

Guest appearances[edit]

The following have all appeared multiple times as one of the guest panelists on the show, including any as-yet unbroadcast episodes of series 9 (as of 20 March 2015). This list does not include the special Comic Relief episode.

a. ^ Including an appearance where he substituted for Lee Mack as captain


The first show of Series 1 had 3.8 million viewers, a 19% audience share at the time it was broadcast.[6]

The first show of Series 2 had 3 million viewers and a 14% audience share.[7] Later episodes indicated ratings of 2.7 - 3.2 million,[8][9][10] with the final show of the series getting 3.3 million viewers and a 15% audience share.[11]

The first show of Series 3 had 2.8 million viewers, the lowest number for a series opener so far; however, this equated to a 17% audience share.[12] The final show attracted only 2.5 million viewers, but with a 19% audience share overall.[13]

The first show of series 4 had 3.12 million viewers and a 19.7% audience share, the best performance for a series opener since series 1.[14]

The series 5 premiere had the show's highest ratings to date, with 4 million viewers and a 17.2% audience share.[15]

Series 6 began with an audience share of 14.9% and peak viewing figures of 3.53 million.[16] These figures were above the seventh series figures of 2.83 million / 12.8% audience share,[17] although these rose to 3.17 million by the end of the series with a 14.7% share.[18]


The show came second place in the British Comedy Guide's 2010 awards for the category "Best British TV Panel Show", losing out to QI.[19] The following year, it won the same category.[20] It also won the category in 2013, and also won the "Comedy of the Year 2013" award, making it the first non-scripted show to do so.[21] It won the "Panel Show" category for the third time at the 2014 awards.[22]

The show won the British Comedy Award for "Best British TV Panel Show" in 2010.[23] It was nominated in the same category at the following year's ceremony, but lost to Shooting Stars.[24] It won the award twice in a row at the 2013 and 2014 ceremonies.[25][26]

The programme was nominated for its first BAFTA in 2014, for the category "Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme", losing to A League of Their Own.[27] It was nominated again in the same category the following year.[28]

International sales[edit]

  • The show airs on ABC1 and ABC2 in Australia, and began screening on BBC UKTV in New Zealand from November 2014.

Official merchandise[edit]

  • A DVD of the complete fourth series was released in September 2011.[29]
  • A board game based on the show was released in 2012.[30][31]
  • A DVD of the complete fifth series was released in October 2012.[32]
  • A DVD of the complete sixth series was released in October 2013.[33]
  • A book based on the series, Would I Lie to You? Presents the 100 Most Popular Lies of All Time, will be published in October 2015. The publishers, Faber and Faber, have also ordered a second book.[34]
  • Series 4 to 7 were released individually on DVD in Australia across July and August 2015.


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

     – indicates David's team won the series.
     – indicates Lee's team won the series.
     – indicates the series ended in a draw.


Series Start date End date Episodes
1 16 June 2007 28 July 2007 6
2 11 July 2008 29 August 2008 8
3 10 August 2009 28 September 2009 8
4 23 July 2010 10 September 2010 8
5 9 September 2011 28 October 2011 8
6 13 April 2012 22 June 2012 8
7 3 May 2013 28 June 2013 8
8 12 September 2014 8 January 2015 8
9 31 July 2015 2015 8[35]


Date Entitle
19 September 2008 The Best & Unseen Bits from Series 2
17 December 2009 The Best & Unseen Bits from Series 3
17 September 2010 The Unseen Bits from Series 4
5 March 2011 24 Hour Panel People Comic Relief Special
25 November 2011 The Unseen Bits from Series 5
29 June 2012 The Unseen Bits from Series 6
6 September 2013 The Unseen Bits from Series 7
23 December 2013 Christmas Special
22 December 2014 Christmas Special
18 February 2015 The Unseen Bits from Series 8
2015 The Unseen Bits from Series 9[35]
December 2015 Christmas Special[35]

International editions[edit]

  • A New Zealand version of the show, presented by broadcaster Paul Henry, and featuring team captains Jesse Mulligan and Jon Bridges, began airing on TV3 in 2012.[36] It followed the Rob Brydon era UK format very closely but was short lived.
  • The Czech version of this show will broadcast from January 2013 on ČT, a public television broadcaster.[37]
  • The Malaysian version, Betul ke Bohong (English: True or Lie) is presented by AC Mizal and airs on Astro Warna, the first Malaysian Comedy Network. The format is very similar to Would I Lie To You?.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Parker, Robin (11 March 2009). "Brydon to host BBC1 quiz". Broadcastnow. Retrieved 11 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "TV Listings - Friday 19th September". Radio Times. 13–19 September 2008. p. 110. 
  3. ^ "Would I Lie to You?". digiguide.tv. 
  4. ^ "Would I Lie To You? - Episode 6.1. Episode One - British Comedy Guide". comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Powder Blue Internet Business Solutions. "Would we lie to you? The show's returning". chortle.co.uk. 
  6. ^ Tryhorn, Chris. (18 June 2007)."Tiswas does the business". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Plunkett, John. (14 July 2008). "TV ratings: Over a million cheer on Five's Superstars". The Guardian.
  8. ^ Holmwood, Leigh. (21 July 2008). "TV ratings: 3.6m see Belinda get Big Brother boot". The Guardian.
  9. ^ Holmwood, Leigh. (4 August 2008). "BBC2's Tudors bow to Big Brother". The Guardian.
  10. ^ Holmwood, Leigh. (18 August 2008.) "TV ratings: Poirot retains power over 4m viewers". The Guardian.
  11. ^ Plunkett, John. (1 September 2008.) "TV ratings: Superstars final watched by 900,000". The Guardian.
  12. ^ Holmwood, Leigh. (11 August 2009.) "TV ratings: On Tour with the Queen sets out with 1.7m". The Guardian.
  13. ^ Holmwood, Leigh. (29 September 2009.) "TV ratings: Channel Five's FlashForward debuts with 3.2m". The Guardian.
  14. ^ "Would I Lie To You? - Episode 4.1.". comedy.co.uk. 
  15. ^ "Digital Spy Forums - View Single Post - The Ratings Thread (Part 24)". digitalspy.co.uk. 
  16. ^ John Plunkett. "Have I Got News For You sees off Piers Morgan". the Guardian. 
  17. ^ "Would I Lie To You?". comedy.co.uk. 
  18. ^ "Would I Lie To You?". comedy.co.uk. 
  19. ^ "The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2010". comedy.co.uk. 
  20. ^ "The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2011". comedy.co.uk. 
  21. ^ "The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2013". comedy.co.uk. 
  22. ^ "The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2014". comedy.co.uk. 
  23. ^ "Miranda leads winners at British Comedy Awards 2010". comedy.co.uk. 
  24. ^ "British Comedy Awards 2011 winners announced". comedy.co.uk. 
  25. ^ "British Comedy Awards 2013 winners". comedy.co.uk. 
  26. ^ "British Comedy Awards 2014 results". comedy.co.uk. 
  27. ^ "2014 Television Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme". bafta.org. 
  28. ^ "House of fraser : British Academy Television Awards" (PDF). Bafta.org. Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  29. ^ "Would I Lie To You - Series 4 [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  30. ^ "Would I Lie To You? Board Game". Endemol UK. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  31. ^ Roberts, Katie (30 September 2011). "Esdevium grabs Would I Lie to You licence". ToyNews. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  32. ^ "Would I Lie To You - Series 5 3 DVD Box Set". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  33. ^ "Would I lie To You Series 6 (As seen on BBC1) [3 DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  34. ^ "Book Trade Announcements - Faber Acquire 2 Books From The Team Behind Would I Lie To You?". booktrade.info. 
  35. ^ a b c "BBC confirm 10 more episodes of Would I Lie To You?". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  36. ^ "New shows coming to TV3 in 2012 - Shows - TV3". tv3.co.nz. 
  37. ^ "Copak bych vám lhal?". Česká televize. 

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