David Mitchell in news quiz pilot

Comics asked to separate fact from fiction

David Mitchell has been working on new topical TV panel show from the makers of Have I Got News For You.

In The Bubble, three comedians are locked away from all forms of media for four days – then asked decide which of a series of news stories are true or false.

Producers Hat Trick have already recorded one pilot episode, with guests including Frank Skinner and Katy Brand. They were holed up in a country house with no internet, TV, mobile phones or contact with the outside world before being taken straight from their ‘bubble’ to the studio

The show also mocked up newspaper stories and news footage featuring the likes of Brian Paddick, Charles Kennedy and BBC political editor Nick Robinson.

Hat Trick boss Jimmy Mulville has pitched the show to the BBC, and told them, tongue-in-cheek: ‘Think how liberating it will be to broadcast a show where you have to fake things.’

However, one comedy fan who went to the pilot recording was sceptical about the format, blogging: ‘To be honest the “quiz” part of the show seemed a little weak, it was more funny witnessing the celebrities bantering with each other and the audience.’

Published: 4 May 2009

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