Hugh Dennis ‘sad but proud’ as Mock The Week ends

Hugh Dennis has said that no one can predict how long Mock The Week will run as the upcoming series wraps up the hit show.

The current affairs comedy is coming to an end after 17 years on BBC Two, with the first episode of the final series starting at 10pm on 23 September.

The popular show ended after 21 series and over 200 episodes hosted by Irish comedian Dara O’Briain, with a regular Dennis series.

When asked how he felt knowing the series would be the last, Not Going Out and Outnumbered star Dennis, 60, said: “It’s pretty sad, although after 17 years you have to be proud. because we have had such a long time.

After 17 years, you must be proud because we have had a long timeHugh Dennis

“Very, very unusual for a show to go on for such a long time.”

Mock The Week first aired in June 2005, and over the years it has featured comedy stars including Chris Addison, Frankie Boyle, Rory Bremner, and Russell Howard.

Dennis added: “It was a very different show when it started.

“There was so much more to it – there were various improv games, every board member had to stand up and have a much longer ‘Scene we want to see’, so I think I got pretty frustrated first. the amount of work we all have to do and wonder if it will work.

“Obviously it happened pretty quickly, although I don’t think any of us could have predicted that it would still happen 17 years from now.”

Famous family names such as Michael McIntyre, Sarah Millican, Kevin Bridges, John Bishop and Rhod Gilbert all appeared in the early stages of their careers.


Hugh Dennis (Ian West / PA)

Dennis said he has never seen any competition between comedians over the years.

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“It may not sound like it when we are all scrambling for the mic at the end but comics are usually a generous bunch – you’re more likely to hear them say a great joke that someone did rather than hear them scold each other. . “

The series, created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, the duo behind the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It anyway?, released in the UK before becoming a hit series in the US.

Actor and host Dennis said of O’Briain: “He’s a really funny man and does an epic job in putting the whole show together.”

Dennis, who filmed Channel 4’s archeology series The Great British Dig, said: “I love presenting it, especially the look on people’s faces when you reveal a bit of Roman pottery from the trench you dug in the ground. their lawn!”

The final series of Mock The Week will have five episodes followed by two specials.

Mock The Week begins September 23 on BBC Two at 10pm. Hugh Dennis ‘sad but proud’ as Mock The Week ends

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