8 Out of 10 Cats

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8 Out of 10 Cats
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Genre Comedy panel game
Directed byChris Howe (series 1–3)
Barbara Wiltshire (series 3–7 and 9–)
Richard Valentine (series 6, 8–12 and 14–)
Presented by Jimmy Carr
Starring Sean Lock
Dave Spikey
Jason Manford
Jon Richardson
Rob Beckett
Aisling Bea
Katherine Ryan
Narrated byJohn Pohlhammer
Theme music composer Mat Osman
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series22
No. of episodes232 (list of episodes)
Executive producers Richard Osman
Dominic English (series 1)
Ruth Phillips (series 3–)
ProducersDarren Smith (series 1–3)
Ruth Phillips (series 1–2)
Derek McLean (series 4–7)
Ruth Wallace (series 4–5)
Karen Murdoch (series 6–8)
Stu Mather (series 8–10)
Fiona McDermott (series 9)
Richard Cohen(series 11–)
Andrew Westwell (series 11–12)
Adam Hutchinson (series 13–)
Production locations BBC Television Centre (series 1–15)
Teddington Studios (series 16–17)
Pinewood Studios (series 16–)
Shepperton Studios (series 18)
Dock10 studios ( Countdown editions)
EditorsTim Ellison (series 1–10 and 13–)
Ian Birchall (series 1–4 and 9–11)
Steve Andrews (series 1–3, 5, 7, 9–11 and 13–)
Bex Murray (series 1, 4–11 and 13–)
Damon Tai (series 2–11 and 14–)
Tom Jarvis (series 7)
Matthew Jeffreys (series 7)
Ben Heather (series 12–)
David Frisby(series 12)
Nick King (series 12)
Jamie Shemeld (series 15–)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time23–28 minutes
Production companyZeppotron
Distributor Endemol (2005-2015)
Endemol Shine Group (2015-2020)
Banijay (2020-present)
Original network Channel 4 (2005–2015)
More4 (2016–2017)
E4 (2017–present)
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Stereophonic
Original release3 June 2005 (2005-06-03) 
Related shows8 Out of 10 Cats: Uncut
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
External links
Official website

8 Out of 10 Cats is a British comedy panel show currently airing on E4. It was first broadcast on Channel 4 on 3 June 2005. The show is hosted by Jimmy Carr and the current team captains are Rob Beckett and Katherine Ryan. [1]


The show is based on statistics and opinion polls and draws on polls produced by a variety of organisations and new polls commissioned for the programme, carried out by Harris Poll. The title is derived from an old popular misquoting of a well-known advertising tagline for Whiskas cat food, which claimed that "8 out of 10 owners (later adverts adding "who expressed a preference") said their cats prefer it".

New and past episodes air across the Channel 4 network of channels, with past episodes also repeated on Dave and Comedy Central.


The show is hosted by comedian Jimmy Carr and features two teams consisting of a regular team captain and two celebrity guests each. Sean Lock appeared as the first team captain from series 1 to 18. He was replaced by Rob Beckett at the beginning of series 19. [2] The opposing captain was originally Dave Spikey, who left after series 4 and was replaced by Jason Manford. [3] Manford departed following series 10 and was replaced by Jon Richardson for series 11 to 18. [4] From series 19 to 20, the opposing captain was Aisling Bea. [2] In series 21, the opposing team had a rotating guest captain. [5] Katherine Ryan joined as the opposing team captain in series 22. [1]

The original format was filmed the day before broadcast with a live studio audience at BBC Television Centre. The captains are joined by two celebrities and occasionally a guest captain would substitute. Often, topical celebrities appear on the show, for example Ruth Badger following her appearance on The Apprentice .

The format was changed for the move from Channel 4 onto More 4 and E4. Shows are now recorded back to back and no longer cover topical issues. The two team captains were replaced, but Jimmy Carr still hosts. Filming is currently at Pinewood Studios with a live studio audience.

A full series was not broadcast in 2015, although two Christmas Specials were filmed and aired on 24 and 30 December 2015. No episodes were broadcast during 2018. 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown aired for a total of 24 episodes throughout 2015. The 22nd season started on 7 January 2020.

Current rounds

The current rounds featured on 8 Out of 10 Cats are: [6]

Until series 8, there were four rounds during the game, however, it has since been reduced to three. The points often do not add up correctly, as the show has to be edited to fit its 26-minute slot. From series 9, there is a longer version of the show called 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut, broadcast a few days later.

Former rounds

These rounds only featured in series 1 and the Big Brother special shows: [6]

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Since 2012, crossover episodes between 8 Out of 10 Cats and Countdown have aired. The show follows the format of Countdown, but is hosted by Jimmy Carr, with permanent contestants Sean Lock and Jon Richardson, as well as two other guest contestants.

Other specials

On 4 January 2013, a special episode of Deal or No Deal featuring Carr as host along with Richardson and Lock aired during another Channel 4 "mash-up night", the story behind it being that Noel Edmonds had been driven to leave when Derren Brown was playing and was getting all the boxes from lowest to highest. Edmonds ran away with the £250,000 box, saying that he "spent it all on his shirt". The backstage personnel then took out a hammer and smashed the 'break glass for Jimmy Carr's box, which produced a horn, which was used to call Carr to the set.

Joe Wilkinson guest starred as the Banker's assistant. The guests were Nicola Adams, Rob Beckett, Gemma Collins, Mia Cross, Corinne Davies, Susie Dent, Matt Forde, John Fothergill, Stephen Frost, Nick Helm, Elis James, Dave Johns, Tony Law, Alice Levine, Mark Olver, Rachel Riley, John Robins, Katherine Ryan, Nong Skett, Andy Smart and Holly Walsh.


A series of podcasts have also been released on iTunes, with material directly from the show, for several episodes. Each podcast is typically the "What Are You Talking About" round from that episode.


Presenter Jimmy Carr
Team captains Sean Lock Rob Beckett
Dave Spikey Jason Manford Jon Richardson Aisling Bea Guests Katherine Ryan


SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
1 113 June 2005 (2005-06-03)12 August 2005 (2005-08-12) Channel 4
2 710 February 2006 (2006-02-10)24 March 2006 (2006-03-24)
3 926 May 2006 (2006-05-26)18 August 2006 (2006-08-18)
4 920 October 2006 (2006-10-20)15 December 2006 (2006-12-15)
5 715 June 2007 (2007-06-15)30 August 2007 (2007-08-30)
6 613 June 2008 (2008-06-13)18 July 2008 (2008-07-18)
7 154 September 2008 (2008-09-04)26 December 2008 (2008-12-26)
8 85 June 2009 (2009-06-05)24 July 2009 (2009-07-24)
9 88 January 2010 (2010-01-08)21 August 2010 (2010-08-21)
10 811 June 2010 (2010-06-11)23 December 2010 (2010-12-23)
Special 5 March 2011 (2011-03-05)
11 1117 June 2011 (2011-06-17)26 August 2011 (2011-08-26)
12 1223 September 2011 (2011-09-23)23 December 2011 (2011-12-23)
Special 23 March 2012 (2012-03-23)
13 1127 April 2012 (2012-04-27)6 July 2012 (2012-07-06)
14 128 October 2012 (2012-10-08)24 December 2012 (2012-12-24)
15 1218 January 2013 (2013-01-18)9 September 2013 (2013-09-09)
16 114 October 2013 (2013-10-04)29 December 2013 (2013-12-29)
17 1117 February 2014 (2014-02-17)20 August 2014 (2014-08-20)
18 126 October 2014 (2014-10-06)23 December 2014 (2014-12-23)
Specials 224 December 2015 (2015-12-24)29 December 2015 (2015-12-29)
19 128 November 2016 (2016-11-08)1 February 2017 (2017-02-01) More4
20 1216 May 2017 (2017-05-16)1 August 2017 (2017-08-01) E4
21 1224 March 2019 (2019-03-24)6 January 2020 (2020-01-06)
22 127 January 2020 (2020-01-07)17 January 2021 (2021-01-17)


8 Out of 10 Cats: Claws Out is a ninety-minute collection of highlights from the first few series which features deleted scenes considered too offensive to be aired. It was released on 20 November 2006.

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