Mock the Week star Ed Gamble thinks panel show diversity is "not at the level that it needs to be"

Mock the Week regular Ed Gamble has admitted that diversity on game show panels is “not at the level that it needs to be”.

Shows such as the topical BBC quiz and fellow panel series such as Have I Got News For You have come under fire for being dominated by men, and diversity is something that Ed thinks needs to go further, as he revealed in an exclusive chat with Digital Spy.

“I think the discussion is helping, and I feel that it probably has improved,” the comedian said. “It’s certainly not at the level that it needs to be, I don’t think. But hopefully things will increase exponentially from now really.

“I think the discussion has been hanging around for a long time, and it takes someone to actually do something about it before people will follow, that tends to be how things work. Hopefully we will soon see a lot more diversity on all television shows.”

Data from late 2017 found that Mock the Week has featured 89.4% men overall to 10.6% women, though guest appearances fared (slightly) better with 77.1% men and 22.9% women out of 149 episodes (via Panel Show Db).

Mock the Week has featured more female comedians in recent series, Ed adding: “It’s getting there. It’s all improving. There’s more to do but year, absolutely. Hope for more diversity, and as long as I am the one taking the white guy slot, that sounds absolutely great!”

Ed’s also been speaking about why the BBC show has lasted so long, explaining: “I think it’s such a strong format. But it’s a format that can be shaped by the people who run it on any given week.

“So, there’s such different episodes week to week, but the actual tentpoles of the format work really well.”

Catch Ed Gamble’s brand new show Blizzard at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe until August 26 before he sets off on a 44-date nationwide tour from January 2019. For tickets and more info, please visit

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