8 Out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats is a British television comedy panel game produced by Zeppotron (a subsidiary of Endemol UK) for E4. It was first broadcast on Channel 4 on 3 June 2005. The show is hosted by Jimmy Carr and the current team captain is Rob Beckett.
|8 Out of 10 Cats|
|Genre||Comedy panel game|
|Directed by||Chris Howe (series 1–3)|
Barbara Wiltshire (series 3–7 and 9–)
Richard Valentine (series 6, 8–12 and 14–)
|Presented by||Jimmy Carr|
|Starring||Sean Lock (2005–15)|
Dave Spikey (2005–06)
Jason Manford (2007–10)
Jon Richardson (2011–15)
Rob Beckett (2016—)
Aisling Bea (2016–17)
Guest Team Captains (2019–present)
|Narrated by||John Pohlhammer|
|Theme music composer||Mat Osman|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||21|
|No. of episodes||208 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Richard Osman|
Dominic English (series 1)
Ruth Phillips (series 3–)
|Producer(s)||Darren Smith (series 1–3)|
Ruth Phillips (series 1–2)
Derek McLean (series 4–7)
Ruth Wallace (series 4–5)
Karen Murdoch (series 6–8)
Stu Mather (series 8–10)
Fiona McDermott (series 9)
Richard Cohen (series 11–)
Andrew Westwell (series 11–12)
Adam Hutchinson (series 13–)
|Production location(s)||BBC Television Centre (series 1–15)|
Teddington Studios (series 16–17)
Pinewood Studios (series 16–)
Shepperton Studios (series 18)
dock10, MediaCityUK (Countdown editions)
|Editor(s)||Tim Ellison (series 1–10 and 13–)|
Ian Birchall (series 1–4 and 9–11)
Steve Andrews (series 1–3, 5, 7, 9–11 and 13–)
Bex Murray (series 1, 4–11 and 13–)
Damon Tai (series 2–11 & 14–)
Tom Jarvis (series 7)
Matthew Jeffreys (series 7)
Ben Heather (series 12–)
David Frisby (series 12)
Nick King (series 12)
Jamie Shemeld (series 15–)
|Running time||23–28 minutes|
|Distributor||Endemol Shine UK|
|Original network||Channel 4 (2005–2015)|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||3 June 2005 –|
|Related shows||8 Out of 10 Cats: Uncut|
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
The show is based on statistics and opinion polls and draws on polls produced by a variety of organisations and new polls commissioned for the programme, carried out by Harris Poll. The title is derived from an old popular misquoting of a well-known advertising tagline for Whiskas cat food, which claimed that "8 out of 10 owners (later adverts adding "who expressed a preference") said their cats prefer it".
Originally, the show was recorded weekly and covered current affairs from the previous week. Since the show moved from Channel 4 to More 4 and E4, multiple episodes are now recorded in the same day to reduce costs. Current affairs are no longer covered.
The show is hosted by comedian Jimmy Carr and features two teams consisting of a regular team captain and two celebrity guests each. Sean Lock appeared as the first team captain from series 1 to 18; he was replaced by Rob Beckett at the beginning of series 19. The opposing captain was originally Dave Spikey, who left after series 4 and was replaced by Jason Manford. Manford departed following series 10 and was replaced by Jon Richardson for series 11 to 18. From series 19 to 20, the opposing captain was Aisling Bea. Since series 21, the opposing team has a rotating guest captain.
The show is currently recorded at Pinewood Studios, previously at BBC Television Centre, typically the day before transmission. However, in the past few years, due to Jimmy Carr's stand-up schedule, certain episodes are pretaped and broadcast later as "special" episodes dealing with a particular subject.
A full series was not broadcast in 2015, though two Christmas Specials were filmed and aired on 24 and 30 December, 2015. No episodes were broadcast during 2018. 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown aired for a total of 24 episodes throughout 2015. The twenty-first season started on 24 March 2019.
The current rounds featured on 8 Out of 10 Cats are:
- "What Are You Talking About?" – The polling organisation asked the public what they were talking about during the week. The teams have to try to guess the top three.
- "Pick of the Polls" – The teams are given four pictures to pick from and are given a poll based on that picture.
- "Believe It or Not" – The teams are given a statistic and try to guess if it is true or false.
- "And the Winner Is..." – The teams are given a question from a poll and then they try to guess what came on top of that poll.
- "The Poll with a Hole" – each team is given a statistic but it is missing one piece of salient information. The teams have to guess what that piece of information is.
Until series 8 there were four rounds during the game, but it has since been reduced to three. The points often do not add up correctly, as the show has to be edited to fit its 26-minute slot. From series 9 there is a longer version of the show called 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut, broadcast a few days later.
- "Face Off" – The teams have to guess who from a list of famous people came top with respect to a particular topic.
- "Word Association" – The teams view a clip illustrating a word and have to guess the top three things people thought of when they heard that word.
- "What's the Poll?" – The teams are given five famous people, picture by picture, and they have to guess which poll they appeared on.
8 Out of 10 Cats Does CountdownEdit
Since 2012, crossover episodes between 8 Out of 10 Cats and Countdown have aired. The show follows the format of Countdown, but is hosted by Jimmy Carr, with permanent contestants Sean Lock and Jon Richardson, as well as two other guest contestants.
On 4 January 2013, a special episode of Deal or No Deal featuring Carr as host along with Richardson and Lock aired during another Channel 4 "mash-up night", the story behind it being that Noel Edmonds had been driven to leave when Derren Brown was playing and was getting all the boxes from lowest to highest. Noel ran away with the £250,000 box, saying that he "spent it all on his shirt". The backstage personnel then took out a hammer and smashed the 'break glass for Jimmy Carr' box, which produced a horn, which was used to call Carr to the set.
Joe Wilkinson guest starred as the Banker's assistant. Guests were Nicola Adams, Rob Beckett, Gemma Collins, Mia Cross, Corinne Davies, Susie Dent, Matt Forde, John Fothergill, Stephen Frost, Nick Helm, Elis James, Dave Johns, Tony Law, Alice Levine, Mark Olver, Rachel Riley, John Robins, Katherine Ryan, Nong Skett, Andy Smart and Holly Walsh.
A series of podcasts have also been released on iTunes, with material directly from the show for several episodes. Each podcast is typically the "What Are You Talking About" round from that episode.
|Team captains||Sean Lock||Rob Beckett|
|Dave Spikey||Jason Manford||Jon Richardson||Aisling Bea||Guests|
The coloured backgrounds and the numbers in the winner column denote the result of each of the series:
- 1 – Indicates Sean's/Rob's team won.
- 2 – Indicates Dave's/Jason's/Jon's/Aisling's/Guest team won.
- draw – Indicates the series ended in a draw.
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes||Winner|
|1||3 June 2005||5 August 2005||10||2|
|2||10 February 2006||24 March 2006||7||draw|
|3||26 May 2006||14 July 2006||9||2|
|4||20 October 2006||8 December 2006||8||2|
|5||15 June 2007||20 July 2007||6||1|
|6||13 June 2008||18 July 2008||6||2|
|7||4 September 2008||27 November 2008||14||1|
|8||5 June 2009||17 July 2009||7||2|
|9||8 January 2010||19 February 2010||7||2|
|10||17 September 2010||15 October 2010||5||2|
|11||17 June 2011||19 August 2011||10||draw|
|12||23 September 2011||25 November 2011||10||draw|
|13||27 April 2012||22 June 2012||9||2|
|14||8 October 2012||10 December 2012||9||draw|
|15||18 January 2013||29 March 2013||10||draw|
|16||4 October 2013||29 November 2013||9||1|
|17||17 February 2014||14 April 2014||9||2|
|18||6 October 2014||1 December 2014||9||1|
|19||8 November 2016||18 January 2017||8||2|
|20||16 May 2017||18 July 2017||10||1|
|21||24 March 2019||TBA||10|
|12 August 2005||Big Brother 6 Special||–|
|18 August 2006||Big Brother 7 Special||–|
|15 December 2006||The Best of Series 4||–|
|30 August 2007||Big Brother 8 Special||–|
|5 September 2008||Big Brother 9 Special||–|
|26 December 2008||The Best of Series 7||–|
|24 July 2009||The Best of Series 8||–|
|11 June 2010||Footy World Cup Special||–|
|21 August 2010||The Best of Series 9||–|
|9 September 2010||Big Brother 1–11 Special||–|
|23 December 2010||Christmas Special||–|
|5 March 2011||24 Hour Panel People Comic Relief Special||–|
|26 August 2011||The Best of Series 11||–|
|9 December 2011||The Best of Series 12||–|
|23 December 2011||Christmas Special||–|
|29 June 2012||The Best of Series 13 (Part 1)||–|
|6 July 2012||The Best of Series 13 (Part 2)||–|
|17 December 2012||The Best of Series 14 (Part 1)||–|
|17 December 2012||The Best of Series 14 (Part 2)||–|
|24 December 2012||Christmas Special||–|
|4 January 2013||8 Out of 10 Cats does Deal or No Deal||Sean Lock, Jon Richardson|
|5 July 2013||The Best of Series 15 (Part 1)||–|
|9 September 2013||The Best of Series 15 (Part 2)||–|
|6 December 2013||The Best of Series 16||–|
|29 December 2013||Christmas Special||Holly Willoughby, Alan Davies, Henning Wehn, Roisin Conaty, Nick Helm, Joe Wilkinson|
|13 August 2014||The Best of Series 17 (Part 1)||–|
|20 August 2014||The Best of Series 17 (Part 2)||–|
|8 December 2014||Jimmy, Sean & Jon's Best Bits||–|
|15 December 2014||The Best of Series 18||–|
|23 December 2014||Christmas Special||Roisin Conaty, Freddie Flintoff, Jonathan Ross and Ricky Wilson|
|24 December 2015||Christmas Special||Peter Andre, Seann Walsh, Roisin Conaty and Joe Lycett|
|29 December 2015||End of Year Special||Joey Essex, Romesh Ranganathan, Isy Suttie and Richard Osman|
|21 December 2016||Christmas Special||–|
|4 January 2017||New Year Special||–|
|25 January 2017||The Best of Series 19 (Part 1)||–|
|1 February 2017||The Best of Series 19 (Part 2)||–|
|25 July 2017||The Best of Series 20||–|
8 Out of 10 Cats: Claws Out is a ninety-minute collection of highlights from the first few series which features deleted scenes considered too offensive to be aired. It was released on 20 November 2006.
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