Rob Brydon hosts a festive edition of the comedy panel show. Joining David Mitchell and Lee Mack are Tom Courtenay, Richard Osman, Chris Kamara and Sara Pascoe.
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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Good evening. Welcome to Would I Lie To You At Christmas?
A very special edition filled with festive fibs.
On Lee Mack's team tonight,
a tough-tackling footballer who's now in huge demand as a commentator.
In fact, he's getting almost as many bookings for his TV work
as he did when he was a player.
It's Chris Kamara.
And a writer, comedian and actress who loves animals so much
she believes they sometimes write to her.
Next door's cat certainly leaves me the odd message.
It's Sara Pascoe.
And, on David Mitchell's team tonight,
an award-winning actor.
Franks, Johns and Freds, he's worked with everybody.
It's Tom Courtenay.
And the co-host of Pointless,
who's been described as the thinking woman's crumpet.
Presumably, they're thinking, "I've had two bottles of prosecco, he'll do."
It's Richard Osman.
And we begin, as ever, with Round One - Home Truths,
where our panellists each read out a statement from the card in front of them.
To make things harder, they've never seen the card before.
They've no idea what they'll be faced with.
It's up to the opposing team to sort the fact from the fiction.
And, Richard, you're first up.
I still haven't watched Breaking Bad
because every time I sit down to start it,
I notice there are new episodes of Homes Under The Hammer
on the planner and I have to watch those instead.
OK, so you have a planner?
So they're not next to each other on Netflix, these shows?
No. Unbelievably, Homes Under The Hammer
yet to break Netflix.
I've genuinely never seen it. What happens in Homes Under The Hammer?
There's three houses each time, they're all been sold, and you see who buys them.
And then they say, "We're going to come back in six months' time
-to see what they've done to the house.
-They renovate the house?
-When I describe it,
it doesn't sound as amazing as when I watch it.
So how many episodes of Homes Under The Hammer would you say you've watched?
Have I watched? What, like, ever? Goodness me.
What, there's too many?
You sound like someone who's slept with so many people
-they just have to round it down!
I would say...
About 300. I don't know, who's counting?
I would say a few hundred, a couple of hundred.
Is that the sleeping with thing or the...?
No, we're talking about distressed semis here,
-so it's Homes Under The Hammer.
Give us the summary of your favourite episode.
Well, you see, these days...
It used to just have the two hosts - Martin and Lucy -
and now they've gone three-host.
They've gone Martin, Lucy, and Dion Dublin is now a host
of Homes Under The Hammer as well.
Well, it was an obvious choice, wasn't it?
The ex-footballer who wants to help sell houses.
Are you suggesting we shouldn't have ex-footballers on television, Lee?
-You're a football fan as well, right?
-Yes, I am.
If you saw Dion Dublin, would you go,
"Wow, it's Dion Dublin that used to play for Man United"?
Or would you go, "Wow, it's Dion Dublin,
"the bloke who presents Homes Under The Hammer"?
Don't... Rob, you haven't.
Your hands are so big that when you did that, I felt a draft as well.
-That was incredible.
So, Lee, what are your team thinking?
Do you think this is true?
-First of all, do you believe he watches Homes Under The Hammer?
What? You think he's made all of that up?
He's too clever for that.
The thing about Richard is he is very clever
but he's like high culture, low culture.
-He's one of those very well-educated stupid people.
-I am here, you know.
Do you know what?
At 7'2", I bet you've never had to say that before!
-So you are saying it's true.
You think it's...
-I have to go with Sarah, then.
-I think it's true as well.
-You're going with true?
It's a lie.
Richard doesn't get distracted from watching Breaking Bad
by new episodes of Homes Under The Hammer.
Chris, you're next.
My full name is Christmas Kamara.
Cos I was born on Christmas Day.
Jesus was born on Christmas Day and his name's not Christmas.
You were named Christmas because you were born on Christmas Day?
What happened is my mum was having me at the time...
It checks out so far.
My dad was just about to say happy Christmas to my brother
when I popped out. My mum...
-You were expected, though, right?
So your dad was saying, "OK, this is mid-labour,
"time to get some greetings in to other family members."
OK. "Happy..." And then... "Oh!"
Then all of a sudden I popped out and my mum thought,
"I've heard the name Christmas", so she went...
Well, that is the rule, isn't it?
That the first noise the father makes when the baby comes out
-just is the name.
But my brother was born on St George's Day.
April 23, is it?
-He's called Red Cross.
-He's called George.
And there's your sister, Pancake Tuesday.
Have you got any middle names, Chris-TMAS?
Yes, I have.
What are they?
My dad used to be in the navy,
so it was going to be Christmas Captain Cook Kamara
but they decided to call me Christmas Columbus Kamara.
Because my dad was in the navy.
Yeah, was he in the Spanish navy in the late 15th century?
-He was always his hero when he was a kid.
OK, so what are you thinking, David?
Well, what do you think, Tom?
-I'm still thinking about it.
I'm really waiting on Tom's verdict, I have to say.
David, what about you?
I don't believe it.
-No, I don't either.
I think it would be very nice, you know,
on the Christmas special, to have someone whose name was Christmas
-And it saves us from booking Noel Edmonds.
But I just don't think... I don't think people...
I don't think Christmas is really a name.
-All right, so you're saying it's a lie?
Truth or lie?
It's a lie.
Yes, it's a lie.
Sarah, you're next.
As a child, my Christmas was once cut short
when my mum took the decorations down halfway through Christmas Day.
-David's team. AUDIENCE:
Was she always down on Christmas or was...?
What happened this year?
Well, this year in particular,
just halfway through Christmas Day, she was like, "I've had enough!"
We'd done the presents...
-Had you done the lunch?
-Yeah, we'd done lunch. So let's just...
What was the time?
-OK, so pre-Queen.
Oh, we don't do the Queen in my family.
I'm so sorry, David.
-You don't...? You don't listen to the Queen?
Did it become...?
I mean, she's the head of state.
Eight minutes a year, you know?
Six and a half if you skip the bit with the trumpets.
Was it a great dramatic gesture? Or was it sort of...?
It was quite dramatic because...
I mean, were the...the things were on the ceiling?
So taking the tree down and putting a plastic tree back into a box.
The stuff on the ceiling, did she have to get a ladder?
We didn't have stuff on the ceiling.
What, you had no tinsel around the room?
-Oh, this is hardly a Christmas.
You don't watch the Queen's speech. I expect you were having a pizza.
You were having a pizza and she put the fake tree away,
like an umbrella. Fine, pop that away.
This is barely worth hearing about.
Was there a specific incident that set her off?
She was very disappointed with me and my sisters because...
I think I had got one present and I had not liked it
and so that was a bad point,
and my sister, Cheryl, hadn't got out of bed yet.
Now, tell us about your Christmas Day.
I'm imagining there's a lot more structure to it
and respect is a word that's coming to my mind.
Er... Thanks, Rob.
Oh, I don't know.
I think I have quite a normal Christmas Day.
I imagine...buck's fizz at 11.
No, we don't book a band.
LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE
So, David, what is your team thinking? Could this be true?
-Yes, completely rings true. What do you think, Tom?
Well, whatever I think will be wrong, so...
Well, that could be... If that's 100%, that's very useful.
-What do you think, then?
Well, I'd go with Tom, really.
-I've had an insight.
-Tom's had an insight.
Yeah, I think she's not telling the truth.
-Oh, why do you think that?
-I don't know. It just came over me.
I think she's telling the truth,
but it's quite easy to know who to side with here.
I literally sit at home all day watching Homes Under The Hammer
and you're next to a knight of the realm.
Yeah, but...I'd go with him, if I were you.
-True. You're saying it's true.
Sarah, a tragic tale.
-A tragic tale.
-Fact or fiction?
This tale was...
-I told you, you see.
Tom, your turn.
I kick off every Christmas morning with a bowl of cornflakes
in a sea of Baileys.
So, first of all, what's Baileys? Cos you don't seem to know.
What is Baileys?
It's a drink, sort of milky alcoholic drink, sort of pale brown.
I like the Baileys because I don't need the sugar.
-It's not because you're an alcoholic, then?
No, no, no. It's all right at Christmas, you know.
Does it make you tipsy?
There must be quite a lot of Baileys in there to fill a bowl,
so do get a little bit drunk?
No. There's a lot of cornflakes in it, too.
I don't want to spoil the day for everyone else by...
well, for my wife, Isabel, and our dog, Stanley.
I don't want to spoil the day for them by getting drunk first thing, do I?
Stanley's had his photograph on ITV breakfast.
-What did he do?
He does an impersonation of Maggie Smith
doing an impersonation of him.
It's his paws.
Imagine paws, not hands.
Is this Maggie in Downton, when she sits like that?
Yeah, a bit like that. I think she got it off seeing Stanley do it.
So this is you doing an impression of Stanley
doing an impression of Maggie Smith doing an impression of Stanley?
-LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE
-So your wife doesn't... Does she eat cornflakes?
-No, she doesn't.
She knows this is something I did in a previous life.
-In a previous life?
-When you were Henry VIII?
You know, I was married before, a long time ago.
So, Tom, every time you slosh the Baileys on,
you may as well throw them in her face.
All right. So, Lee, what are you thinking? Is this ringing true?
I so think it's not true that I think,
to be that obviously not true, it must be true.
-That's the conundrum I'm in.
-Yeah, this game's got to you.
-What do you think, Chris?
-Not Sir Tom.
-You don't believe it?
You don't want to believe it of Sir Tom, do you?
-Not early in the morning.
-OK, so you say it's a lie.
-I think it's a lie.
-You say it's a lie.
I... I think you might be wrong.
-Because it's a festive time of year.
-You might do something unusual.
-People do things like that.
I do something once a year at Christmas that my wife lets me
that we don't do at any other time of year.
It might be a similar thing.
-Aren't you going to ask me what it is, Rob?
-What is it, Lee?
But she has to drink four bottles of Baileys before she'll do it.
LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE
-Time to decide, Lee. What's it going to be?
-We're going to say it's true.
You're going to say it's true? OK.
Tom, truth or lie?
It is in fact...
-I thought he was acting.
Our next round is called This Is My, where we bring on a mystery guest
who has a close connection to one of our panellists.
Now, this week, each of Lee's team will claim it's them
that has the genuine connection to the guest
and it's up to David's team to spot who's telling the truth.
So, please welcome this week's special guest - Dennis.
So, Chris, what is Dennis to you?
This is Dennis.
We once staged a burglary
to cover up for the fact that we'd been bunking off school.
Sarah, how do you know Dennis?
This is Dennis. He's the park gardener who came to my aid
when my legs turned to jelly mid-run.
And finally, Lee, what's your relationship with Dennis?
This is Dennis or, as I call him, Squeaky Diesel.
I always fill up at his petrol station
because his unbelievably high-pitched voice
always cheers me up.
So there we have it.
Is Dennis Chris's burglary buddy,
Sarah's gardening angel,
or Lee's falsetto friend?
David's team, where would you like to start?
The two of you staged a burglary?
-Explain how that helped cover that you were bunking off school.
Well, because, when we bunked off school,
-it was cold, sometimes...
-..so you had to go in the, well... a house.
-So we went to Dennis' house.
And the key wasn't where it normally is.
-Dennis' house is locked?
Why didn't you then try your house?
-Because my mum was in.
-So I climb up the drainpipe to get in the house.
-Cos there was only a window open, sorry,
on the second floor.
And you got in...
-That way, successfully?
-No, not successfully.
To try and get the window latch down,
-which is down there...
..with my hand...my knees have gone through the window.
-Did it draw blood?
Everything shattered that way.
Shattered that way. Was it made out of windscreen glass?
So I went downstairs to let...
Why hadn't Dennis...?
-Do you remember his name?
Your old school friend?
Why hadn't Dennis...?
It's Dennis' house, why were you having to do the climbing?
I know why, I know why, because Dennis...
Don't say it like you've just thought of it!
You've got to act in this show!
-..climbed up the drainpipe first.
But his arms were not as long as mine, so when he put his window...
His arm through the long latch window,
he couldn't quite reach it.
So you climb in, you go downstairs, you let Dennis in,
what happens then?
Well, we then realise Dennis was going to be in trouble
with his mum and his dad when they get home from school, so...
Were they at school as well?
Were they slow learners?
-They were teachers!
-Oh, they were teachers?
At the school that you went to?
Not at our school, no.
So what did you do, then?
So Dennis came up with this great idea
-of making it look like a robbery.
So he said,
"Let's break into the gas meter..."
Murder a postman...
..scatter his body parts around...
# We wish you a merry Christmas. #
I think he used a screwdriver,
flicked up the corner flap,
put his hands in, got the 50p coins out,
and then we were gone.
And what did you do about finding somewhere warm to...?
Did you use the 50ps to get a hotel room?
All right, who next, David?
Tell the story of your encounter with Dennis.
I'd been out...erm...
I was over 18 and it was fine.
Erm, but my friend had given me this advice
that if you exercise first thing in the morning,
you sweat it all out and then you feel...
You don't have that hangover thing.
So, erm, I ran from my house to the park,
and then I was just starting to go round in a loop,
and I was going to be so ill. I just kept thinking,
"Be sick in a bin. No, don't be sick in a bin."
And I was really desperate for water. And anyway...
This is like listening to Paula Radcliffe.
I was so concentrating on not being sick
I didn't realise my legs had gone to liquid, and then I just was...
had my face in the grass.
And I was thinking, "I'll just stay here, hopefully."
"Everyone'll think I'm a dead body."
And what did Dennis do?
Well, Dennis came over and took my pulse.
So I could kind of feel...
-No, no, no! No, no, no. I...
What was Dennis doing in the park, was he...?
He works there. He's a park gardener.
He's a park gardener? Like Percy The Park Keeper?
-Percy The Park Keeper?
-You've not read that?
-No. Have you?
-What is it?
-It's a children's book.
-Why are you reading it, then?
Because I'm a father.
He's got to have something to do
when he's allowed to see them on a Friday.
So, he's taking your pulse.
What happens then?
Well, he kind of took me up and walked me to a bench,
and then went and got me some water from the little hut where he works.
What a lovely man.
I'm going to write a series of kids' books...
all about him.
Not sure it's the right market.
Dennis The Menace has got a different ring to it now, hasn't it?
Right, what about...? What about Lee?
Lee is Squeaky Diesel.
So where is this petrol station?
It's about a mile from my house.
So it's also convenient?
Oh, yeah. I mean, it's not so high-pitched
that I'd drive to Harrogate...
-OK, fair enough.
Can you give us an impression of how...?
Well, I could try and do an impression, but I...
Obviously, it won't be as good as...
I find impressionism is for the lowest form of entertainer.
Shall I play you? Like, if I be you in your car, would that help?
Can you do impressions of me?
Oh, all right, I'm Lee Mack.
My diesel's run out...
It's good with the way you said, "I'm Lee Mack," cos that...
-That clarifies who you're trying to be.
Did you come up with the name Squeaky Diesel, or...?
I was that one, yes.
-And does Dennis know that?
-He does now.
-But he didn't before?
He has no idea what he's doing on the show tonight.
I just told him, "Come along, I've got a free jumper for you."
And he said...
-"That's very kind, thank you very much!"
OK. One question,
-this might trip you up.
Does your car take petrol
-It takes petrol.
-Ah! Got him!
I just didn't think Squeaky Petrol had the same sort of scan to it.
It just sort of... It felt, Squeaky Diesel just sounds nice.
-What do you think, Tom?
It seems so unlikely
that Lee's car runs on petrol,
It so undercuts the truth of what he's saying
that I think it's probably true, what he's saying.
So, we need an answer.
David's team, is Dennis
Chris' burglary buddy,
Sara's gardening angel,
or Lee's falsetto friend?
Tom, what do you think?
What do you two think?
Well, I was very taken with your Lee...
Because it's such a bad mistake, wasn't it?
But Sara didn't like it
when we were taking the mickey out of Dennis.
-There was a bit of feeling there, wasn't there?
Yeah, a bit like, "Genuinely, this man has helped me in the park."
Yeah, but she... But maybe it was just, you know, acting.
-If turns out you're lying, Sara...
-..Tom thinks you're a good actor.
-If you're telling the truth...
..he can take or leave your performance.
I mean, I personally...
The one that rang true the most was Kammy's,
-Yeah. Did you not?
-No, I didn't.
I've just ruled out Sara.
Well done. Beautiful acting, Sara.
-But it's definitely acting?
Richard, would you like to rule anyone out?
Yeah, I would rule out Lee, I think.
Well, I mean... That's very easy, then.
If you're ruling out Sara and you're ruling out lee,
I'll rule out Chris and we can move on.
It is time to make a decision.
So, you...? You think...?
For God's sake! Sara! It's Sara! I'm overruling...
-So you're saying Sara?
You're saying it's Sara. Good man!
I'll be so unhappy if I'm wrong!
If I'm wrong, Christmas is over!
OK. They're saying that it's Sara.
Dennis, would you please reveal your true identity?
Yes, I'm Dennis,
and Chris and I staged a burglary together.
Yes, Dennis is Chris' burglary buddy!
Thank you very much, Dennis.
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Stay there!
Just say that one more time.
-Chris and I staged a burglary together.
He has got quite a squeaky voice, hasn't he?
Thanks very much, Dennis!
Which brings us to our final round, Quickfire Lies.
And we start with...
Aged nine, I undertook my first ever acting role
as Joseph in the school Nativity,
a performance described in my end-of-year report
Why did they describe it as world-weary?
I think perhaps I thought Joseph would be tired
after the long journey...
-It's a long journey, yes.
..and the donkey, and finding the... And perhaps I overdid the tiredness.
And didn't get...
I didn't get into the wonder, perhaps, to the extent that...
Yes, but I think acting coaches would say, you know, don't...
-You didn't go for the obvious thing of wonder.
Obviously, you had an instinct
for this wonderful doubt that he must've felt.
You know, how did this happen? You know...
I don't know whether I understood that at that age...
Could you give us, perhaps, as a treat at Christmas,
a little taste of the performance?
Just give us a soupcon.
I have some stuff here that could help you.
You can be the three kings.
Oh, lovely. Pass them along.
There, pass them along.
Now, then, imagine it was Joseph and Mary arriving, so why don't...?
Richard, you can be Mary.
-Thank you, that's very kind.
-There we are.
Would you like to be a shepherd, Sir Tom?
I'd very much like to be a shepherd.
All right, you know what to do with it.
Here's the baby. Now, remember, you've got to hide Baby Jesus.
He doesn't appear until later in the script.
Yeah, well, I think that's...
-That's Mary's job.
-Oh, I know exactly where to hide that!
Something for David.
There we are.
Tom, would you mind holding the star as well?
I'll be Father Christmas as the innkeeper.
All right. You haven't arrived yet.
What, do you mean in my career?
Oh, no, that's been and gone.
Just... I've literally just had a text from Sonia at my NCT class
and they've had the baby!
-And look at me, still.
Richard, Richard, I think you're getting the period
a little bit wrong. LAUGHTER
-In those days, no texts, nothing like that.
I've just seen a star in the sky
and it's Sonia from my NCT class!
-And they've had the baby.
-It's a boy.
Can you stop going on about Sonia?
It's just, I'm sorry, I know you get on with her,
but it's been a long journey.
-Yeah, but that's because...
That's because her husband, Adam, has already painted the nursery...
-and certain people haven't.
This dates back to Homes Under THe Hammer.
I'm sorry, I'm very...
You know, I find the whole thing very touching, but...
..I haven't got any lines.
Oh, Sir Tom, I'm so sorry.
I'm so sorry. I'm going to give you a line.
I've got something, it's all right, I know.
All right, you've got something, all right. So get ready.
So, the baby's coming.
And now a shepherd has appeared!
I kick off every Christmas morning
with a bowl of cornflakes in a sea of Baileys.
Well, there we are. Now, there's our performance.
So, are you willing to believe that David
was a world-weary Joseph at nine years old?
-Yes, definite from me.
He would have been a clever boy at nine years old.
They would have asked him to be Joseph
because he's got the gift of the gab.
-And, at nine, he did have a beard.
It was harder for Richard to get the part of Mary
cos he was that height at nine.
Like it was impossible for you to get the part of one of the wise men.
What are you going to say?
We will say it is a truth!
A truth, you're saying truth. David,
truth or lie?
And it is a...
It was a lie!
David didn't play a world-weary Joseph
in his school Nativity!
Well, that noise signals time is up, it's the end of the show!
And I can reveal that David's team have won
by five points to one.
Thanks for watching. Goodnight!
Rob Brydon hosts a festive edition of 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 Tom Courtenay, Richard Osman, Chris Kamara and Sara Pascoe.