Rob Brydon, David Mitchell and Robert Webb return for the 11th series of the lie-based panel game.
This opening episode features David Baddiel and Kimberly Wyatt joining Mitchell’s side while Mack was accompanied by Jo Brand and Ed Balls. Among the subjects they had to either tell the truth or lie about include whether Balls had to rescue a child in a ball pit while talking on the phone to the Home Office, if Wyatt had to do the splits in order to repair her car, and if Mack once accidentally dropped an ice cream on a barge driver’s head.
Much of the focus on the episode was on Balls. Perhaps it’s not that surprising that a former politician would be good on a TV show about lying. You do feel watching it however that they spent too much time with him and not enough on the other guests. For me the moment that stands out was Wyatt proving that she can actually do the splits, even though during the recording she was pregnant with her second child. A little research into this suggests that the quip that Brydon came up when she did the split close up to him was wrong.
This opening episode was fine, but nothing really stood out. Although arguably the biggest issue is how come they have moved the show from Friday nights, when most of their big entertainment shows are on, to Monday nights?
Would I Lie to You? is on BBC One at 20.30.