Would I Lie to You? (game show)

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Would I Lie to You?
GenreComedy, Panel game
Created byPeter Holmes
Directed byBarbara Wiltshire (2007–2008, 2011–)
David Coyle (2009–2010)
Presented byAngus Deayton (2007–2008)
Rob Brydon (2009–)
StarringDavid Mitchell
Lee Mack
Voices ofDavid de Keyser (2007)
Paul Ridley (2008–2009)
Opening theme"Bar Fight" by Craig Joiner, Andrew Welsford, Mervyn Goldsworthy
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series16
No. of episodes150 (list of episodes)
Executive producersPeter Holmes
Ruth Phillips
Gilly Hall (2011–)
ProducersAndrew Westwell (2007–2008)
Derek McLean (2007–2009)
Fiona McDermott (2009–2010)
Rachel Ablett (2011–)
Kate Staples (2011)
Stephanie McIntosh (2012–)
Production locationsThe Fountain Studios (2007)
BBC Television Centre (2008)
Pinewood Studios (2009–21, 2023)
Elstree Studios (2022)[1]
EditorsSteve Andrews (2007–2008)
Tim Ellison (2007–2008)
Bex Murray (2007–2008)
Steve Nayler (2009–)
Tom Munden (2011–)
Running time30 minutes
Production companyZeppotron
Original networkBBC One
ITV (2021 one-off special)
Picture formatPAL (576i) (2007–2010)
HDTV (1080i) (2011–)
Audio formatStereo
Original release16 June 2007 (2007-06-16) –

Would I Lie to You? (abbreviated as WILTY) is a British comedy game show aired on BBC One, made by Zeppotron for the BBC. It was first broadcast on 16 June 2007, starring David Mitchell and Lee Mack as team captains. The show was originally presented by Angus Deayton, and since 2009 has been hosted by Rob Brydon.


The show was presented by Angus Deayton in 2007 and 2008, with Rob Brydon (who had appeared as a guest panellist in the second series) taking over as host in 2009.[2] 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 it is the panellists' task to decide which is which.

The first series was recorded at 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, because Fountain Studios were being used for The X Factor. 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.[3]

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 the 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.[4]

The sixth series of the show was recorded in March 2012 and began its broadcast on 13 April 2012.[5] This series was aired in a pre-watershed slot, at 20:30, for the first time.[6] Series 16 is airing on Fridays at 20:00.



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. Each episode running time is 30 minutes, so some questions are edited out prior to airing. In addition, the comic format allows each team member to question and joke with the opposing team. Hence, each episode has differing total scoring points reflecting the varying number of questions asked and answered.

During series one through series five, it was impossible for viewers to follow the scores until they were read out at the end of each round, as some questions were edited out, and the final scores reflected the total questions played while filming each episode (not reflecting the final edits for the 30 minute running time). However, starting with series six on, the scores were re-recorded to reflect what had made the aired edits and not the whole filmed 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, the round tended to focus on the four guests. In series two a 'possessions' element was introduced, in which the panellist takes an item out of a box and reads a statement from a card, and has to convince the opposing team that the possession genuinely belongs to them.
  • "This is My...": A guest comes onto the set and is introduced by first name, but remains standing in silence as the round continues. Panellists on one team tell the opposing team about their relationship to the guest; only one account out of three told is genuine, and the opposing team has to work out which it is. At the end of the round, the guest reveals their true identity, and which of the panellists they have a genuine relationship with. On at least two occasions the guest has been a dog, which led on one occasion David Mitchell complaining tongue-in-cheek that doing so "rather spoiled the nature of the game".
  • "Quick-Fire Lies": The second questioning round, with the panellists chosen at random. In earlier series, the panellists were ostensibly under a time limit although no on-screen indicator of the time limit was ever present. The notion of a time limit was eventually dropped in the later series, making the round identical to "Home Truths" in practice. This round usually features – but is not exclusive to – Mitchell and Mack. From the fourth series onwards, Brydon also became an occasional participant, with both teams questioning him at once.

Former rounds[edit]

  • "Ring of Truth": A celebrity fact is read out by the host, and each team has to reach a joint decision on whether it is true or false. This round was generally edited out of the fourth series; as of series five, 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.


Actor Angus Deayton hosted the first two series.
Comedian and actor Rob Brydon has hosted every episode from Series 3 onwards.
Comedian and frequent panel show guest David Mitchell has appeared as a team captain in every episode.
Comedian and Not Going Out star Lee Mack is the other regular team captain on the show.

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 17 (as of 15 May 2023). This does not include the 2011 Comic Relief special.

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.[7]

The first show of Series 2 had 3 million viewers and a 14% audience share.[8] Later episodes indicated ratings of 2.7 - 3.2 million,[9][10][11] with the final show of the series getting 3.3 million viewers and a 15% audience share.[12]

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.[13] The final show attracted only 2.5 million viewers, but with a 19% audience share overall.[14]

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.[15]

The series 5 premiere had the show's highest ratings to date, with 4 million viewers and a 17.2% audience share.[16]

Series 6 began with an audience share of 14.9% and peak viewing figures of 3.53 million.[17] These figures were above the seventh series figures of 2.83 million / 12.8% audience share,[18] although these rose to 3.17 million by the end of the series with a 14.7% share.[19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ceremony Year Award Nominated work Result
British Comedy Guide Awards 2010 Best TV Panel Show WILTY? Nominated[20]
2011 Won[21]
2013 Won[22]
Comedy of the Year Won [23]
2014 Best TV Panel Show Won[24]
2015 Won[25]
2016 Nominated[26]
2017 Won[27]
2018 Won[28]
2019 Won[29]
2020 Won[30]
British Comedy Awards 2010 Best Comedy Panel Show Won[31]
2011 Nominated[32]
2013 Won[33]
2014 Won[34]
2022 Best Comedy Entertainment Series Nominated[35]
2023 Best Comedy Panel Show Nominated[36]
Outstanding Male Comedy Entertainment Performance Lee Mack Won[36]
British Academy Television Awards 2014 Best Comedy Entertainment Programme WILTY? Nominated[37]
2015 Nominated[38]
2016 Nominated[39]
2018 Nominated[40]
2019 Nominated[41]
2023 Pending[42]
2019 Best Entertainment Performance David Mitchell Nominated[41]
Lee Mack Won[41]
2020 Nominated[43]
2021 David Mitchell Nominated[44]

International broadcasts[edit]

The show airs on ABC TV in Australia and TVNZ 2 in New Zealand and began screening on BBC UKTV in Australia and New Zealand from November 2014. It is available to stream on BritBox in the US and Canada.


  • A DVD of the complete fourth series was released in September 2011.[45]
  • A board game based on the show was released in 2012.[46][47]
  • A DVD of the complete fifth series was released in October 2012.[48]
  • A DVD of the complete sixth series was released in October 2013.[49]
  • A book based on the series, Would I Lie to You? Presents the 100 Most Popular Lies of All Time, was published in October 2015. The publishers, Faber and Faber, have also ordered a second book.[50]
  • 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:

  David's team won the series.
  Lee's team won the series.
  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 13 January 2016 8
10 2 September 2016 21 October 2016 8
11 20 November 2017 19 January 2018 8
12 12 October 2018 18 January 2019 8
13 18 October 2019 7 February 2020 9
14 8 January 2021 1 March 2021 9
15 7 January 2022 4 March 2022 9
16 6 January 2023 31 March 2023 9


Date Entitle
19 September 2008 The Best & Unseen Bits of Series 2
17 December 2009 The Best & Unseen Bits of Series 3
17 September 2010 The Unseen Bits of Series 4
5 March 2011 24 Hour Panel People Comic Relief Special
25 November 2011 The Unseen Bits of Series 5
29 June 2012 The Unseen Bits of Series 6
6 September 2013 The Unseen Bits of Series 7
23 December 2013 Christmas Special
22 December 2014 Christmas Special
18 February 2015 The Unseen Bits of Series 8
24 December 2015 Christmas Special
27 January 2016 The Unseen Bits of Series 9
28 October 2016 The Unseen Bits of Series 10
18 November 2016 Children in Need: Children's Special
19 December 2016 Christmas Special
18 December 2017 Christmas Special
24 January 2018 The Unseen Bits of Series 11
24 December 2018 Christmas Special
24 January 2019 The Unseen Bits of Series 12
31 January 2019 The Best Bits of Series 12
26 December 2019 Christmas Special
14 February 2020 The Unseen Bits of Series 13
21 February 2020 More Unseen Bits of Series 13
24 December 2020 Christmas Special
8 March 2021 The Unseen Bits of Series 14
16 April 2021 The Best Bits of Series 14
20 December 2021 Christmas Special
1 April 2022 The Unseen Bits of Series 15
3 June 2022 The Best Bits of Series 15
30 December 2022 Christmas Special
7 April 2023 The Unseen Bits of Series 16
14 April 2023 More Unseen Bits of Series 16

Appearances in other media[edit]

An additional 10-minute feature, entitled "Mam, Would I Lie To You?" was broadcast on the ITV show Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway on 13 March 2021. This edition was hosted by Ant and Dec and featured a team of Lee Mack, Stephen Mulhern and Michelle Visage playing two rounds of a slightly altered "This is My..." where the panellists had to guess which of the three children was the child of an audience member by the story given. Zeppotron and the BBC were thanked in the programme's credits for use of the WILTY brand and format.

International versions[edit]

See also[edit]


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