For the uninitiated, 'Would I Lie to You' is a comedy panel show with a twist. Two teams (one led by David Mitchell, the other by Lee Mack), read out a fact about themselves from a card - a fact which may be a 'true' or a 'lie' - and it is up to the opposing team to sort the truth from the tripe. The episodes also contain a usually hilarious section entitled 'This is my', in which all three members of a team claim to know the mystery guest of the week, and it's up to the opposing team to work out whose connection is the true one. Every so often, there's also a slightly awkward round, where a celebrity fact is read out, and it is up to both teams to adjudicate (though this season contains a rare highlight from the round, with its debate over an "Andy Murray rap"). For fans of the show, Series 4 of 'WILTY' is more of the same. Mack and Mitchell are both on superb form, and there are some of the finest claims to date in the program, on show in this boxset - Rhod Gilbert professing to have had a job where he answered the phone with the words "hello, beef?", being arguably the best of a superb bunch of trues and tattle.
As with every season of 'WILTY', the guests are a bit hit and miss. Whilst the likes of Kevin Bridges, Sarah Millican, and most notably, Rhod Gilbert, are all fantastic additions to their episodes, others are decidedly less so; and Miranda Hart and Patsy Palmer, amongst others, are more annoying than they are amusing. Also, whilst the format of 'WILTY' does produce some hysterically funny lines of questioning, and more great Mitchell/Mack banter than you could throw a stick at, a little more variety to the program's setup would make it easier to watch a handful of episodes in a row without it becoming almost a bit predictable. Still, Series 4 of 'WILTY' (oddly the only one to have yet had a DVD release), continues the show's trend of amusing truths and lies, witty interrogations, and a plethora of sharp one liners. Well worth a purchase.