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Taking it's name from a commercial tag line is 8 out of 10 Cats, a popular comedic polling panel show from BBC 4, starring comedian Jimmy Carr as its host. With a team of witty captains, Sean Lock, Dave Spikey, Jason Manford, and Jon Richardson and a slew of celebrities from the rich and famous to the newly popular, 8 out of 10 cats is a look into the strange world of public polling and its surprising insights into popular culture. The show has run for 15 series on the BBC, occasionally changing team captains.

Questions are designed to befuddle and baffle the team captains and their guests, spurring a round of comedic conversation. In each episode, the two teams compete against each other, though no prizes are awarded for winning. The show centers around providing interesting facts in a comedic fashion.

The panel game centers around three rounds during which any one of five games are commonly played:

In "What Are You Talking About?" Panelists must have a savvy knowledge of current events, for they have to discern what the most popular topics of conversation were in the week. "Pick of the Polls" requires teams to pick a picture which relates to a specific poll. "Believe it or Not" tests their bluffing skills to discern if seemingly unbelievable statistics are in fact truly unbelievable. They win points for discerning the real statistics for the fake one. "And the Winner Is..." gives teams a polling question for which they must guess the top answers. Finally, "The Pole With a Whole" requires teams to fill in the blank of a strange statistic. Poll topics range from the scientific, to specific groups, general knowledge, and overall popular culture.

Fridays at 10:00 pm on Channel 4
14 Seasons, 134 Episodes - Returning Series
June 3, 2005
Game Show
7.9/10
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8 Out of 10 Cats Full Episode Guide

  • End of Year Special: Jimmy Carr and team captains Jon Richardson and Sean Lock are joined by Joey Essex, Romesh Ranganathan, Isy Suttie and Richard Osman to dissect the biggest stories of 2015

  • Christmas Special: Jimmy Carr and team captain Sean Lock, Peter Andre and Seann Walsh vs Jon Richardson, Roisin Conaty and Joe Lycett as they cast their eyes over some memorable stories of the year

  • Jimmy Carr, Jon Richardson and Sean Lock's festive show uncovers the nation's most popular talking points around Christmas, with guests Jonathan Ross, Freddie Flintoff, Ricky Wilson and Roisin Conaty

  • It's a trip down memory lane to revisit the best bits from the last series of 8 out of 10 Cats with host Jimmy Carr, team captains Jon Richardson and Sean Lock and a host of celebrity guests

  • Host Jimmy Carr and team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson select their favourite bits from the last series for this special compilation show

  • Jimmy Carr hosts the topical comedy panel show, alongside team captains Jon Richardson and Sean Lock, and guests Kelly Hoppen, Louis Smith, Henning Wehn and David O'Doherty

  • Jimmy Carr hosts the topical comedy panel show, alongside team captains Jon Richardson and Sean Lock, and guests Carol Vorderman, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Rob Beckett and Sara Pascoe

  • Team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are joined by jazz singer Jamie Cullum, Crimewatch presenter Kirsty Young and stand-up stars Joe Wilkinson and Katherine Ryan to discuss and dissect the events that set the British public's chins wagging over the past week.

  • Jimmy Carr hosts the topical comedy panel show alongside team captains Jon Richardson and Sean Lock. Guests are Romesh Ranganathan, Melanie C, Charlotte Ritchie and David O'Doherty.

  • Jimmy Carr hosts the popular panel show alongside team captains Jon Richardson and Sean Lock. With guests Alex Jones, Alex Brooker, Sarah Millican and James Acaster.

  • Host Jimmy Carr and team captains Jon Richardson and Sean Lock are joined by guests Henning Wehn, Romesh Ranganathan, Henry Winkler and Rebecca Adlington for the topical panel show.

  • Special guests in the first show are comedians Jack Dee and Rob Beckett, Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney and Jamie Laing from Made in Chelsea

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