Reader Saul, aware of my extreme “admiration” for Diane Morgan (aka Philomena Cunk), sent me the link to Morgan’s appearance on the British show “Would I Lie to You?”. On that show, each member of a panel makes a startling statement, and the others, after questioning the panelist, guess whether the statement is true or false. Saul characterizes the show like this:
As to the show in question: it’s a panel show, which is common in Britain but as far as I can see not so much in America, it’s completely lacking in cynicism, the two regulars share an excellent chemistry, the guests are often a good mix of celebs and comics, and the premise is simple brilliance (I can’t understand why it hasn’t been franchised and flogged across the world given how easily the format would work elsewhere.). It has a certain cheesy, light-entertainment air to it but it’s so often a joy to watch. It’s a slightly guilty pleasure of mine, and Diane Morgan was good on it. You might want to try it.
And YouTube’s description:
Rob Brydon hosts the award-winning comedy panel show with David Mitchell and Lee Mack as the lightning-quick team captains. Over the course of the show, celebrity guests reveal amazing stories about themselves, some of which are true and some of which are not. The aim of the game is to fool the opposition into mistaking fact for fiction and fiction for fact.
This episode’s guests are Nadiya Hussain, Diane Morgan, Bob Mortimer and Michael Smiley.
Philomena appears between 4:48 to 7:23 with a statement about an ex-boyfriend. But the whole show is funny, as the contestants are quite quick-witted. I doubt that anything this unscripted is on American television, where even the “reality shows” often follow a script. (I do remember older shows that were similar, like “What’s My Line,” but since I watch almost no TV, I can’t really judge what’s happening now.)