"I called this bucket Stephen Tatlock."
I have to thank my brother for telling me the existence of the programme that (thanks to a well-intentioned but pointless obfuscation technique on Youtube) I'm beginning to know as Wood Eye
, last year. Since then I've watched the entire three previous series of "Would I Lie to You", but with the fourth one now halfway through it's suddenly become one of the best things ever.
It has perhaps the greatest rift between how boring the idea sounds and how well it works ever - various ways to dress it up are provided, but the idea is that one panellist reads out something that might either be a truth or a lie, and it's up to the others to cross-examine them in an attempt to ascertain whether it's true or not. Particularly with David Mitchell against Lee Mack, this leads to as much dramatic pointing action as you could want
For the initial two series, Angus Deayton was dug up to present it using the same persona that he had on Have I Got News for You
, but it's now done by Rob Brydon, who was in Black Books in the early 2000s and now seems to be springing up absolutely everywhere. He also appeared as a panellist on an earlier programme, where he can be seen executing a perfect double-Phoenix manoeuvre
as Krishnan Guru-Murthy points out a contradiction from the other end of the desk, and demonstrates an admirable example of the Jeremy Paxman interrogation technique
slightly earlier on in the same video.
America hasn't invented this genre of television yet. As their TV personalities are far less clique-based, I can't really imagine anyone that it would really work with offhand. In the absence of that, there's loads of this on Youtube and on http://www.thebox.bz
(for which I can organize invites if anyone else is similarly stranded outside the BBC's broadcasting range).