Series One (hopefully of one), Episode One (Hopefully of few)
Here's the synopsis.
Comedy news quiz hosted by David Mitchell which plays on the fact that some news stories are so hard to believe you'd think they'd been made up. In this show some of them have.
Bang. David Mitchell regrets the day he signed up. Noted by the fact that Frank Skinner is funnier than him throughout.
Three celebrity contestants - a mixture of comedians, smart celebrities and wildcard bookings - are locked away in a media-free zone - 'the bubble' - for four days.
Four days. Not even a half-term holiday.
Wildcard bookings. Ie, a non-entity.
Such as Victoria Coren, a pokerjourno for G2.
Oh, and presenter of a BBC4 quiz show.
Oh, and an oxbridge graduate.
Oh, and obviously a tit.
No phones, no television, no internet access. When they are brought out into the studio, they are shown a series of news reports, headlines and images from TV, newspapers and celebrity gossip magazines.
In four days, what can happen...? Nothing. Without tv, newspapers and magazines, they wouldn't know about a ghost sighting of Big Daddy in York.
They have to identify the true stories from the fakes, but because they have been away and out of touch - just like when you come back from a holiday - they will believe almost anything.
Ie, we send three people you might have heard of to a cottage in the Cotswolds and make them partake in an inane process, loosely based on other successful quiz formats. Blah blah blah Tax Payers' Money blah. Who goes on holiday and returns to believe that the moon has been painted red and that Katie Price has shaved her hair off?
Truth is so often stranger than anything they could possibly imagine.
This is true.
It's strange that Mitchell presents.
It's strange that this show is popular on the iplayer.
It's strange that I want to see more of this car crash.
Note to BBC.
Just because there are books in the background and the topics covered are loosely based upon 'the news', does not mean to say that your program is of any merit at all. Perhaps BBCnews refused to produce fake news stories for you because they heard the premise of your program and their toes curled.
I've paid for this screenshot. And it was worth it.