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The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked 

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Updated July 13, 2020 2k votes 384 voters 9k views 40 items

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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.

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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

Premiered: 2007

Network: BBC One

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 Co... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Timothy Rollins added

Premiered: 2012

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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

Premiered: 2003

Network: BBC Four, British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One

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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The Big Fat Quiz of the ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Alex Cherrie added Jimmy Carr

Premiered: 2005

Network: Channel 4

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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8 Out of 10 Cats is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock, John Pohlhammer

Premiered: 2005

Network: Channel 4

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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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

Premiered: 2005

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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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Whose Line Is It Anyway ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Clive Anderson

Premiered: 1988

Network: Channel 4

Whose Line is it Anyway? (Channel 4, 1988) is a short-form improvisational comedy television show created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, and hosted by Clive Anderson. The show consists of a ...more
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Never Mind the Buzzcocks... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Never Mind The Buzzcocks Carol Vorderman, Jeremy Clarkson, Bill Bailey

Premiered: 1996

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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

Premiered: 1990

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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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Was It Something I Said?... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Richard Ayoade, Micky Flanagan

Premiered: 2013

Network: Channel 4

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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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

Premiered: 1968

Network: BBC One

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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Room 101 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Alex Cherrie added Nick Hancock, Paul Merton, Frank Skinner

Premiered: 1994

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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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Jon Richardson: Ultimate... is listed (or ranked) 13 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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A League Of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
A League Of Their Own
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Celebrity Juice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Alex Cherrie added Leigh Francis, Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby

Premiered: 2008

Network: ITV2

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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Insert Name Here is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Alex Cherrie added Insert Name Here Sue Perkins, Josh Widdicombe, Richard Osman

Premiered: 2016-01-04

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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Pop Quiz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Mike Read, Chris Tarrant

Premiered: 1981

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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Call My Bluff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Robert Morley, Sandi Toksvig, Alan Coren

Premiered: 1965

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One

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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Shooting Stars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Matt Lucas, Johnny Vegas, Mark Lamarr

Premiered: 1993

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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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Taskmaster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Kerry Godliman

Premiered: 2020

Network: The CW

Taskmaster (The CW, 2020) is a British comedy game-show created by Alex Horne. Five comedians compete in tasks challenging their creativity and wit. The tasks are supervised by Alex Horne but ...more

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Whodunnit? is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Whodunnit? Lindsay Wagner

Premiered: 1972

Network: ITV

Whodunnit? was a British television game show that originally aired on ITV as a pilot on 15 August 1972 hosted by Shaw Taylor and then as a full series from 25 June 1973 to 26 June 1978 first ...more
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They Think It's All Over... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Gary Lineker, Boris Becker, David Seaman

Premiered: 1995

Network: BBC One

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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Through the Keyhole is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Lisa Snowdon, Loyd Grossman, Catherine Gee

Premiered: 1987

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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Cluedo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Carol Vorderman, Joanna Lumley, Jerry Hall

Premiered: 1990

Network: ITV

Cluedo was a UK television game show based on the board game of the same name. Each week, a reenactment of the murder at the stately home Arlington Grange of a visiting guest was played and, ...more
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Argumental is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best British Panel Shows, Ranked
Sean Lock, Robert Webb, Marcus Brigstocke

Premiered: 2008

Argumental is a British improvised comedy panel game with Sean Lock as host, alongside two teams captained by Robert Webb and Seann Walsh, debating and arguing on various topics with help from ...more