Mock the Week

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Introduction
A comedy panel show which mocks topical issues and the news. Presented by Dara O'Brian and features different celebrities each week.
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Why BBC2? Ethos?
Fits well with channels ethos; 'to entertain, educate and inform'. Entertains with it's comedy but educates and informs as it explores topical issues and informs about the news.
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Why BBC2? Target Audience?
A mainstream audience but targeted at an older audience. Adult content and focus on the news means it appeals to an older audience of 18-34years. The satirising of the news means it fits this target audience perfectly.
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Why Thursday?
Its the start of the weekend, people want to relax and have a laugh. It is also the night when competing chaneels also show comedy such as Celebrity Juice on ITV.
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Why 10pm?
It is after the 9pm Watershed. It has some swearing and adult content due to it's improvised nature. It is also just before Newsnight which means it can inherit MTW's audience who have similar interest in the news and politics.
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Current events are mocked. the mocking of current events makes the audience feel good as they feel that they know what's going on in the world.
Series 12 Episode 6 - Ed Byrnes mocks the deportation of suspected terrorist Abu Qatada saying his name reminds him of a cruise ship magician. He also jokes 'Ive never seen anyone so desperate to not go back to Jordan since Peter Andre'.
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Politicians are mocked. The mocking of the rich and powerful helps the less powerful feel better about their own lives. The audience gains pleasure from this feeling.
Series 12 Episode 4 - Chris Addison mocks MP Andrew Selous for his tweet 'strongly support the loss of benefits unless claimants lean English'.
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Shadenfreude. The audience gain pleasure from the superiority gained from the mocking of those typically considered high status.
Series 12 Episode 6 - Ed Byrne mocks his depressing persona 'He makes winning look depressing' he imitates him saying 'I don't even like tennis I just don't want to tell my mum'. The Dara O'Brian reveals Andy is in the audience.
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Consumption of the Familiar. Audience takes pleasure knowing and understanding the show and knowing the comedians particular style.
Show features the same games each week 'The Stand Up Challenge'. Same celebrities appear on the panels such as Russell Howard who is a regular guest and famous comedian.
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Fits well with channels ethos; 'to entertain, educate and inform'. Entertains with it's comedy but educates and informs as it explores topical issues and informs about the news.

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