Would I Lie to You? (game show)

Would I Lie to You? (informally abbreviated as WILTY) is a British comedy panel show aired on BBC One, made by Zeppotron for the BBC. It was first broadcast on 16 June 2007, starring David Mitchell and Lee Mack as team captains. The show was originally presented by Angus Deayton, and since 2009 has been hosted by Rob Brydon.

Would I Lie to You?
GenreComedy, Panel game
Created byPeter Holmes
Directed byBarbara Wiltshire (2007–2008, 2011–)
David Coyle (2009–2010)
Presented byAngus Deayton (2007–2008)
Rob Brydon (2009–)
StarringDavid Mitchell
Lee Mack
Rob Brydon
Voices ofDavid de Keyser (2007)
Paul Ridley (2008–2010)
Opening theme"Bar Fight" by Craig Joiner, Andrew Welsford, Mervyn Goldsworthy
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series14
No. of episodes135 (as of 8 March 2021) (list of episodes)
Executive producersPeter Holmes
Ruth Phillips
Gilly Hall (2011–)
ProducersAndrew Westwell (2007–2008)
Derek McLean (2007–2009)
Fiona McDermott (2009–2010)
Rachel Ablett (2011–)
Kate Staples (2011)
Stephanie McIntosh (2012–)
Production locationsThe Fountain Studios (2007)
BBC Television Centre (2008)
Pinewood Studios (2009–)[1] The London Studios (2009—)
EditorsSteve Andrews (2007–2008)
Tim Ellison (2007–2008)
Bex Murray (2007–2008)
Steve Nayler (2009–)
Tom Munden (2011–)
Running time30 minutes
Production companyZeppotron
DistributorEndemol (2007-2015)
Endemol Shine Group (2015-2020)
Banijay (2020-present)
Original networkBBC One
Picture formatPAL (576i) (2007–2010)
HDTV (1080i) (2011–)
Audio formatStereo
Original release16 June 2007 (2007-06-16) –
External links
Official website


The show was presented by Angus Deayton in 2007 and 2008, and by Rob Brydon (who had appeared as a guest panellist in the second series) from 2009.[2] The team captains are comedians David Mitchell and Lee Mack. As revealed by Lee Mack on Alan Carr: Chatty Man on 19 September 2014, Alan Carr was a team captain in the pilot but subsequently turned down an offer to appear on later shows. For each show, two celebrity guests join each of the team captains. The teams compete as each player reveals unusual facts and embarrassing personal tales for the evaluation of the opposing team. Some of these are true; some are not and it is the panellists' task to decide which is which.

The first series was recorded at Fountain Studios in Wembley during March and April 2007 and aired at 21:55 between 16 June and 28 July 2007 on BBC One (missing a week for coverage of the Concert for Diana memorial event). Filming for the second series took place between 15 November and 18 December 2007. The second series was filmed at BBC Television Centre in White City, West London, because Fountain Studios were being used for The X Factor at the time. The second series aired at 21:00 between 11 July 2008 and 29 August 2008 on BBC One, and contained eight shows, an increase of two from series one. A compilation episode featuring some previously unaired material was aired on 19 September 2008 at 21:30 on BBC One.[3]

Filming of a third series of eight episodes took place at Pinewood Studios during March and April 2009, and was broadcast between 10 August 2009 and 29 September 2009 on BBC One at 22:35. A compilation episode was also recorded. The airdate was 17 December 2009, due to the addition of Match of the Day to the BBC One schedule. Filming of a fourth series of eight episodes took place at Pinewood Studios again during April and May 2010, and was broadcast between 23 July 2010 and 10 September 2010 on BBC One at 22:35. The compilation episode aired on 17 September 2010. The fifth series was filmed during March 2011 and started airing from 9 September at 21:30.[4]

The sixth series of the show was recorded in March 2012 and began its broadcast on 13 April 2012.[5] This series was aired in a pre-watershed slot, at 20:30, for the first time.[6] Series 13 aired on Fridays at 21:30 during 2019.



In all rounds, the scoring system is the same: teams gain a point for correctly guessing whether a statement is true or not, but if they guess incorrectly the opposing team gets a point. It is impossible for viewers to follow the scores until they are read out at the end of each round, as some questions are edited out. However, from the sixth series the scores were re-recorded to reflect what had made the edit and not the whole recording.

Current roundsEdit

  • "Home Truths": Panellists read out a statement about themselves. The opposing team has to decide whether it is true or false by asking the panellist questions. The first series used all six panellists; from the second series onwards, the round tended to focus on the four guests. In series two a 'possessions' element was introduced; the panellist takes an item out of a box along with a statement from a card, and has to convince the opposing team that it belongs to them.
  • "This is My...": A guest comes onto the set and is introduced by first name, but remains standing in silence as the round continues. Panellists on one team tell the opposing team about their relationship to the guest; only one account out of three told is genuine, and the opposing team has to work out which it is. At the end of the round, the guest reveals their true identity, and which of the panellists they have a genuine relationship with.
  • "Quick-Fire Lies": The second questioning round, with the panellists chosen at random. In earlier series, the panellists were ostensibly under a time limit although no on-screen indicator of the time limit was ever present. The notion of a time limit was eventually dropped in the later series, making the round identical to "Home Truths" in practice. This round usually features - but is not exclusive to - Mitchell and Mack. From the fourth series onwards, Brydon also became an occasional participant, with both teams questioning him at once.

Former roundsEdit

  • "Ring of Truth": A celebrity fact is read out by the host, and each team has to reach a joint decision on whether it is true or false. This round was generally edited out of the fourth series; as of series five, it is no longer being played.
  • "Telly Tales": Clips from a TV show are shown, a statement is read out about the show by a member of one team and the other team has to guess whether it is true or false. This round was only played in the first series.


Actor Angus Deayton hosted the first two series.
Comedian and actor Rob Brydon has hosted every episode from Series 3 onwards.
Comedian and frequent panel show guest David Mitchell has appeared as a team captain in every episode.
Comedian and Not Going Out star Lee Mack is also a team captain on the show.

Guest appearancesEdit

The following have all appeared multiple times as one of the guest panelists on the show.

a. ^ Including an appearance where he substituted for Lee Mack as captain


The first show of Series 1 had 3.8 million viewers, a 19% audience share at the time it was broadcast.[7]

The first show of Series 2 had 3 million viewers and a 14% audience share.[8] Later episodes indicated ratings of 2.7 - 3.2 million,[9][10][11] with the final show of the series getting 3.3 million viewers and a 15% audience share.[12]

The first show of Series 3 had 2.8 million viewers, the lowest number for a series opener so far; however, this equated to a 17% audience share.[13] The final show attracted only 2.5 million viewers, but with a 19% audience share overall.[14]

The first show of series 4 had 3.12 million viewers and a 19.7% audience share, the best performance for a series opener since series 1.[15]

The series 5 premiere had the show's highest ratings to date, with 4 million viewers and a 17.2% audience share.[16]

Series 6 began with an audience share of 14.9% and peak viewing figures of 3.53 million.[17] These figures were above the seventh series figures of 2.83 million / 12.8% audience share,[18] although these rose to 3.17 million by the end of the series with a 14.7% share.[19]

Awards and nominationsEdit

The show came second place in the British Comedy Guide's 2010 awards for the category "Best British TV Panel Show", losing out to QI.[20] The following year, it won the same category.[21] It also won the category in 2013, and also won the "Comedy of the Year 2013" award, making it the first non-scripted show to do so.[22] It won the "Panel Show" category for the third time at the 2014 awards,[23] and again in 2015,[24] 2017,[25] 2018 and 2019.[26][27]

The show won the British Comedy Award for "Best British TV Panel Show" in 2010.[28] It was nominated in the same category at the following year's ceremony, but lost to Shooting Stars.[29] It won the award twice in a row at the 2013 and 2014 ceremonies.[30][31]

The programme has been nominated for the BAFTA for Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme five times, but has yet to win.[32][33][34][35][36] Mitchell and Mack were also both nominated for the Best Entertainment Performance award at the 2019 ceremony; Mack took home the prize.[37] Mack received another nomination in the same category in 2020.[38] Mitchell received another nomination in the same category in 2021.[39]

International broadcastsEdit


  • A DVD of the complete fourth series was released in September 2011.[40]
  • A board game based on the show was released in 2012.[41][42]
  • A DVD of the complete fifth series was released in October 2012.[43]
  • A DVD of the complete sixth series was released in October 2013.[44]
  • A book based on the series, Would I Lie to You? Presents the 100 Most Popular Lies of All Time, was published in October 2015. The publishers, Faber and Faber, have also ordered a second book.[45]
  • Series 4 to 7 were released individually on DVD in Australia across July and August 2015.


The coloured backgrounds denote the result of each of the series:

  – indicates David's team won the series.
  – indicates Lee's team won the series.
  – indicates the series ended in a draw.


Series Start date End date Episodes
1 16 June 2007 28 July 2007 6
2 11 July 2008 29 August 2008 8
3 10 August 2009 28 September 2009 8
4 23 July 2010 10 September 2010 8
5 9 September 2011 28 October 2011 8
6 13 April 2012 22 June 2012 8
7 3 May 2013 28 June 2013 8
8 12 September 2014 8 January 2015 8
9 31 July 2015 13 January 2016 8
10 2 September 2016 21 October 2016 8
11 20 November 2017 19 January 2018 8
12 12 October 2018 18 January 2019 8
13 18 October 2019 7 February 2020 9
14 8 January 2021 1 March 2021 9


Date Entitle
19 September 2008 The Best & Unseen Bits of Series 2
17 December 2009 The Best & Unseen Bits of Series 3
17 September 2010 The Unseen Bits of Series 4
5 March 2011 24 Hour Panel People Comic Relief Special
25 November 2011 The Unseen Bits of Series 5
29 June 2012 The Unseen Bits of Series 6
6 September 2013 The Unseen Bits of Series 7
23 December 2013 Christmas Special
22 December 2014 Christmas Special
18 February 2015 The Unseen Bits of Series 8
24 December 2015 Christmas Special
27 January 2016 The Unseen Bits of Series 9
28 October 2016 The Unseen Bits of Series 10
18 November 2016 Children in Need: Children's Special
19 December 2016 Christmas Special
18 December 2017 Christmas Special
24 January 2018 The Unseen Bits of Series 11
24 December 2018 Christmas Special
24 January 2019 The Unseen Bits of Series 12
31 January 2019 The Best Bits of Series 12
26 December 2019 Christmas Special
14 February 2020 The Unseen Bits of Series 13
21 February 2020 More Unseen Bits of Series 13
24 December 2020 Christmas Special
8 March 2021 The Unseen Bits of Series 14

Appearances in other mediaEdit

An additional 10 minute feature, entitled "Mam, Would I Lie To You?" was broadcast on the ITV show Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway on 13 March 2021. This edition was hosted by Ant and Dec and featured a team of Lee Mack, Stephen Mulhern and Michelle Visage playing two rounds of a slightly altered "This is My..." where the panellists had to guess which of the three children was the child of an audience member by the story given. Zeppotron and the BBC were thanked in the programme's credits for use of the WILTY brand and format.

International versionsEdit

See alsoEdit


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