Would I Lie To You?
Thursday, 20 October 2011
Yes, another panel show! (Tonight at 9.30 on BBC One). Hot on the heels of Have I Got News, and then I’m doing a different one in November. It’s that time of year. I have also said no to some, I promise; after these three, I’ll shut up again (apart from Only Connect, of course).
What I’ll say about WILTY is: don’t expect me to say anything funny. You might not anyway. But I do usually try to be a bit amusing on these panel things, if I can think of anything. In this case, I was FAR TOO OBSESSED with the mechanics of the game. I couldn’t think about anything else.
If you don’t know the format, it involves trying to work out who’s lying and who isn’t. I think I must have felt that my pride as a poker player was on the line: I’ve often watched these RANK AMATEURS on the show, these actors and singers and comedians, these Michael Aspels and Louie Spences, having a random crack at truth analysis, and chuckled quietly to myself at the obvious tells they’ve missed. Nobody could accuse me of being a big name guest, but I could surely be the best at the game? God knows it has been a nightmare for friends, boyfriends and family, my irritating habit of saying “Wait a minute… you just said something that wasn’t true…”; combine that with a competitive spirit, and you’ve got a panel show appearance which is heavy on concentration, light on entertaining quips.
Ah well. Poker players: if you watch, I’d be interested to know how you score yourselves.