Mock the Week: BBC Two’s comedy panel show to end after 17 years

The panel series became a chance for rising comedians to gain exposure, catapulting a number of careers into the mainstream spotlight, including Russell Howard, who joined the programme after winning several awards for his talents, including best compere at the 2006 Chortle Awards. He was also number two in Zoo magazine’s top 10 list of Britain’s funniest comics 2005.