Mock The Week host Dara O’Briain issues apology over show complaint ‘Hasn’t been enough’

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Mock The Week will be returning amidst the global pandemic with the correct safety procedures in place. The show is well-known and loved for its satirical swipes and one liners as Dara and Hugh discuss the week in news. Ahead of the new season, Dara has promised it will be “Mock like you’ve never seen before” and teased how he will reflect the national mood with his opening bit.

Speaking about how it feels to be back, Dara remarked: “There are times on Mock The Week where we complain that there hasn’t been enough news; I now want to apologise for that!

“To reflect the national mood, each show will begin with me screaming noiselessly into the camera for five minutes.”

He added that after being in lockdown for so long, filming the show will “just be nice to get out of the house”.

“Mock The Week; it’s just nice to get out of the house. That’s our new slogan!” he laughed.

The show has been on air for 15 years and despite focussing on the news, Dara thinks its the comedy which keeps viewers coming back.

“Honestly, it’s nothing to do with left or right, the stuff people remember is the stupid stuff, that’s what makes this debate on political bias hilarious,” he commented.

“What people remember is I look like the Megabus Man and other silliness.”

Looking back over his time on the show, he recalled the moment which left the panel laughing for five minutes.

“We were talking about private housing with Ed and we went through various different puns like Major Difficulty and General Disorder and I said ‘Colonel Abrams and myself and Ed,’” Dara remembered.

“The only two members on the panel who were old enough to know who Colonel Abrams was just died laughing for about five minutes.

“It all became about Trapped by Colonel Abrams, a song which no one else on the panel could remember but is a banging hit of the 1980s.

“And then, god love him, when Colonel Abrams passed away not long after, people got in touch to express their sympathy to me.

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“Honestly there are times where you make yourselves laugh and it carries a lot of energy.”

Meanwhile, Dara’s co-host Hugh has revealed it’s always a “bit scary” when he returns to Mock the Week.

“I often get asked this question of whether I get nervous before I do a show whether its live or TV and I kind of think you’d be insane not to feel a bit nervous, because it’s quite nerve wracking isn’t it?” he said.

“But you do pretty much get straight back into the swing of it.

“A live show has a different sort of energy, while you can be saved by the edit in Mock The Week, or that’s what I’m hoping!”

He added Mock the Week is needed by viewers as he remarked: “I hope people find it funny!

“When we did Brexit, which is still going on of course, I remember saying to Dara after the referendum that this is like tantric satire now, we’ve got to make it go on two years so don’t waste it all now, remember to hold stuff back.

“We never know what’s going to come around the corner and that’s why we need a weekly show like Mock the Week.”

Mock The Week airs tonight on BBC Two at 10pm.

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