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David Mitchell lands new Channel 4 panel show

Peep Show comic David Mitchell will host new Channel 4 entertainment show Was It Something I Said?.

The series will feature two teams battling against each other in a battle of wordplay "to deduce who said what".

Mitchell's entertainment show credits include hosting BBC Two quiz show The Bubble and acting as team captain on panel shows Best of the Worst and Would I Lie to You?.

It was also confirmed today that Mitchell would be returning to Channel 4 alongside Charlie Brooker, Lauren Laverne and Jimmy Carr for another series of 10 O'Clock Live.

Mitchell is also currently filming a new BBC sitcom with Robert Webb and Keeley Hawes.

Channel 4's spring/summer launch today (March 19) also confirmed Peter Kay's return to the channel in spoof documentary Malachy's Millions, Greg Davies's new comedy Man Down and E4's Drifters, a comedy drama about a group of
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Homeland's debt to Israeli TV

Channel 4's latest Us hit is based on one of the many TV success stories produced by Israel. Would you watch both?

Last Sunday Homeland debuted on Channel 4, attracting overnight ratings figures of more than 2 million and a clutch of impressive reviews. Much has been written about the latest Us import, a labyrinthine terrorism drama from the writers of 24. But while you will have read all about Homeland's awards haul and Claire Danes' triumphant return to the small screen, that the show is based on an Israeli series called Hatufim (Prisoners of War) has been less well reported.

Now UK audiences will be able to judge for themselves just how good the Israeli original is when it comes to Sky Arts in May. The series will follow hot on the heels of another Israeli drama In Treatment (BeTipul), the original Hebrew version of the hit HBO series of the same name,
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Mitchell 'picked 10 O'Clock over Bubble'

Mitchell 'picked 10 O'Clock over Bubble'
David Mitchell has revealed that he chose to star in new show 10 O'Clock Live instead of filming another series of The Bubble. Mitchell, who will host 10 O'Clock Live with Lauren Laverne, Charlie Brooker and Jimmy Carr, told What's On TV that the two projects clashed. "Unfortunately, I basically did [10 O'Clock Live] instead, much as I really enjoyed doing The Bubble," he said. "And I did want to do it again. "But the BBC wanted it at the same time as this, so I was faced with a straight choice. I thought 10 O'Clock Live seemed higher risk, but also with higher potential excitement... if it works." (more)
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Does topical television comedy have a 'women problem'?

Olivia Munn's appointment to The Daily Show has been met with derision. But most humorous shows fail to book female talent

Much-loved, left-leaning Us topical comedy staple The Daily Show has just announced its first new female correspondent in seven years: presenter Olivia Munn. This has led to accusations that the show has a "woman problem" – because of the very small number of women on screen and because some believe that new recruit Munn, who has appeared on the cover of Playboy, has been selected for her looks rather than her comic abilities. On Tuesday the women who work on The Daily Show released an open letter to the show's deriders, to mixed reactions.

But is British topical comedy any better at featuring women? Sadly, we don't have anything like The Daily Show in the UK, and the closest thing we do have is probably newsy panel shows like
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David Mitchell 'slams BBC over comedy show'

David Mitchell 'slams BBC over comedy show'
David Mitchell has criticised the BBC over its decision to block its newsreaders from appearing on the star's new comedy quizshow. The series, titled The Bubble, contains real and fake news clips which celebrity contestants are asked to distinguish. The BBC decided that it will not endorse its reporters, such as Nick Robinson who featured in the pilot, to such a show - despite Fiona Bruce appearing in a fake news clip on EastEnders Live: The Aftermath last Friday. After using the news story as part of Friday's edition, the Peep Show actor said wryly: "Big round of applause for those guys. Apparently it would undermine BBC News because if they turned on, saw something ridiculous with The Bubble in the corner, they'd think it was a BBC News story." He added: "We've (more)
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EastEnders | The Mentalist | The Bubble | Life | Watch this

EastEnders | The Mentalist | The Bubble | Life

EastEnders

8pm, BBC1

The first-ever live episode of the BBC's flagship soap, now celebrating 25 years on television, in which Ricky and Bianca hold their wedding knees-up and Archie's killer is finally unmasked. Then it's over to BBC3 straight afterwards, where Archie's real-life son, George Lamb – with his funny bowtie and rolled-up trouser legs, like a confused academic off for a paddle – will interview the still-panting cast live in Albert Square. There's also backstage footage shot in the run-up to tonight's momentous happenings. Exciting, isn't it?

The Mentalist

9pm, Five

Get past the show's title, the distraction of a male lead being constantly addressed as "Jane", Simon Baker's curly, highlighted hairdo, and an improbably juvenile and photogenic team of criminal investigators, and you have here a perfectly serviceable procedural drama, distinguished by Jane's clever line in pseudo-psychic observational techniques. Tonight's second series opener, a workaday whodunit,
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