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Panel shows test the knowledge of contestants and viewers at home while providing quality entertainment. The top British panel shows ask questions about a variety of topics, including history, pop culture, and comedy. This is a list of the best British panel shows including everything from 8 Out of 10 Cats to A Question of Sport to Mock the Week.

What series will you find on this list of the best British panel shows? The improvisational comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? began as a radio program on BBC Radio 4 before moving to TV on Channel 4. Regulars Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles also performed on the U.S. series when Drew Carey brought it to ABC. Have I Got News for You is another popular British panel show. Never Mind the Buzzcocks found the funny in pop music when it aired from 1996 through 2015. Other good British panel shows featured on this list include Virtually Famous, Through the Keyhole, and Twenty Questions.

What are your favorite English panel shows? Give the greatest series a thumbs up and share some of your favorite games in the comments section.

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Would I Lie to You? is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Heather Toner added Rob Brydon, Angus Deayton, Lee Mack
Would I Lie to You? is a British comedy panel show aired on BBC One, made by Zeppotron for the BBC. It was first broadcast on 16 June 2007.
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8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdow... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Timothy Rollins added 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
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QI is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Alex Cherrie added Alan Davies
QI is a British comedy panel game television quiz show created and co-produced by John Lloyd, hosted by Stephen Fry, and featuring permanent panellist Alan Davies. Most of the questions are ...more
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Whose Line Is It Anyway? is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW, 1998) is an American improvisational comedy show adapted from the British show. Hosted by Aisha Tyler, the show features Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, Wayne ...more
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The Big Fat Quiz of the Year is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Alex Cherrie added Jimmy Carr
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year is an annual British television programme broadcast in the last or first week of the year on Channel 4. Essentially, the show is a comedy panel game in the style of ...more
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Mock the Week is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Dara O'Briain, Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons
Mock the Week is a British topical celebrity panel game hosted by Dara Ó Briain. The game is influenced by improvised topical stand-up comedy, with several rounds requiring players to ...more
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8 Out of 10 Cats is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock, John Pohlhammer
8 Out of 10 Cats is a British television comedy panel game produced by Zeppotron for Channel 4. It was first broadcast on 3 June 2005. The show is hosted by Jimmy Carr and the current team ...more
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Never Mind the Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Carol Vorderman, Jeremy Clarkson, Bill Bailey
Never Mind the Buzzcocks is a British comedy panel game show with a pop music theme, presented by Rhod Gilbert since 2014. It stars Phill Jupitus and Noel Fielding as team captains. The show is ...more
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Have I Got News for You is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Angus Deayton
Have I Got News for You is a British television panel show produced by Hat Trick Productions for the BBC. It is loosely based on the BBC Radio 4 show The News Quiz, and has been regularly ...more
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Room 101 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Alex Cherrie added Nick Hancock, Paul Merton, Frank Skinner
Room 101 is a BBC comedy television series based on the radio series of the same name, in which celebrities are invited to discuss their pet hates and persuade the host to consign them to ...more
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A Question of Sport is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Sue Barker, Matt Dawson, Ally McCoist
A Question of Sport is a long-running BBC sports quiz show that has been airing since 2 December 1968 with over 1,000 episodes. It involves two teams of sports stars answering questions on their ...more
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Shooting Stars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Matt Lucas, Johnny Vegas, Mark Lamarr
Shooting Stars is a British television comedy panel game broadcast on BBC Two as a pilot in 1993, then as 3 full series from 1995 to 1997, then on BBC Choice from January to December 2002 with 2 ...more
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Was It Something I Said? is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Was It Something I Said? Richard Ayoade, Micky Flanagan
Was It Something I Said? is a British comedy panel show broadcast on Channel 4, presented by David Mitchell and featuring team captains Richard Ayoade and Micky Flanagan. Celebrity guest ...more
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Celebrity Juice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Alex Cherrie added Leigh Francis, Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby
Celebrity Juice is a British television comedy panel game on ITV2, broadcast since 24 September 2008. The show is written and presented by Keith Lemon, the alter-ego of comedian Leigh Francis.
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Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worri... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Alex Cherrie added Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier Jon Ricahrdsobn

Obsessive worrier and organiser Jon Richardson hosts a comedy format where he attempts to analyse, assess and log every single one of his many, many worries.

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Call My Bluff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Robert Morley, Sandi Toksvig, Alan Coren
Call My Bluff is a long-running British game show between two teams of three celebrity contestants. The point of the game is for the teams to take it in turn to provide three definitions of an ...more
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They Think It's All Over is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Gary Lineker, Boris Becker, David Seaman
They Think It's All Over is a British comedy panel game with a sporting theme produced by Talkback and shown on BBC1. The show's name is taken from Kenneth Wolstenholme's famous 1966 World Cup ...more
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Pop Quiz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Mike Read, Chris Tarrant
Pop Quiz was a British television quiz programme that originally aired on BBC1 from 4 July 1981 to 28 December 1984 with a Top of the Pops special on 4 January 1994 hosted by Mike Read. It was ...more
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A League Of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
A League Of Their Own
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Twenty Questions is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Twenty Questions was a Canadian television game show, which aired on CTV in the 1961-62 television season. Produced by CJAY-TV in Winnipeg and hosted by Stewart Macpherson, the show was an ...more
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Through the Keyhole is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Lisa Snowdon, Loyd Grossman, Catherine Gee
Through the Keyhole is a British comedy panel game show created by Sir David Frost. It features the host going around celebrities' houses and then getting a panel of other celebrities to try to ...more
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Insert Name Here is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Alex Cherrie added Insert Name Here Sue Perkins, Josh Widdicombe, Richard Osman

A show built around famous people, past and present, who have just one thing in common - they all have the same name. With a line-up of comedians and celebrities, this show guarantees weird facts, ridiculous games and a barrage of big laughs.

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Play to the Whistle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Holly Willoughby, Frank Lampard, Bradley Walsh
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The Book Quiz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
David Baddiel, Kirsty Wark
The Book Quiz is a BBC Four quiz programme. The first series, first broadcast in 2007, was hosted by David Baddiel with a second 2008 series hosted by Kirsty Wark.
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Virtually Famous is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Kevin McHale, Chris Stark, Seann Walsh