"Part of the reason that panel shows have become so popular in Britain is that the topical panel shows are the primary source of satire. Late night talk shows don’t exist in Britain (their chat shows are weekly, instead of daily), and as such, panel shows are the place where Brits turn for a funny look at current events. One such example is BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, which airs at 6:30 on Friday evening, and offers a somewhat genial comedic look at the week’s news. The even more popular TV version, Have I Got News For You(HIGNFY), has become the beloved elder of the television panel shows. Other topical shows have popped up in it’s shadow, including it’s younger, swearier BBC Two cousin Mock the Week, and the survey based 8 Out of 10 Cats on competitor Channel 4.”
Oh how I wish BBC America would air these. Or that American audiences were receptive to them. *sighs*
Alan Davies: Does French kissing mean kissing with tongues? Stephen Fry: Yes. [waggles his tongue at Alan for several seconds] Alan Davies: Are you seeing anyone at the moment? Stephen Fry: I’m sorry. Yes, with tongues. Jo Brand: I thought that was very attractive.