8 Out of 10 Cats


Jimmy Carr

Team 1 Captain

Sean Lock

Team 2 Captain

Jason Manford (Series 5-)
Dave Spikey (Series 1-5)



Series No.


Episode No.

80 (List of episodes)

Original run

3 June 2005 – Present


Channel 4

8 out of 10 Cats is a television comedy panel game made by Zeppotron (a subsidiary of Endemol) for Channel 4. It was first broadcast on 3 June 2005. The show is based on statistics and opinion polls, and draws on polls produced by a variety of organizations and new polls commissioned for the programme, carried out by company Harris Poll.


The show is hosted by comedian Jimmy Carr and features two teams, captained by Sean Lock and Jason Manford. Manford replaced Dave Spikey, who left after the fourth series to concentrate on other projects.

Every week, the captains are joined by two celebrities from the likes of David Walliams and Alan Carr. Often, topical celebrities appear on the show, for example Ruth Badger following her appearance on The Apprentice.

The show is recorded at BBC Television Centre, typically the day before transmission.

The PanelEdit

The panel of 8 out of 10 Cats consists of one host and two captains each accompanied by two different guests each week.


Team 1 Captain

Sean and Rob now alternate. Team 2 Captain

Jon and Aisling now alternate. The Guests


The following rounds have been be played on 8 out of 10 Cats:


Main article: List of 8 out of 10 Cats episodes

Overall there have been 80 episodes of 8 out of 10 Cats, 72 regular episode, 4 Big Brother specials, a World Cup Special and 3 highlight shows.

Series Start date End date Episode # Big Brother Special The Panel
Host Team 1 Captain Team 2 Captain
Series 1 3 June 2005 5 August 2005 10 Big Brother 6 Jimmy Carr Sean Lock Dave Spikey
Series 2 10 February 2006 24 March 2006 7 N/A Jimmy Carr Sean Lock Dave Spikey
Series 3 26 May 2006 14 July 2006 8 Big Brother 7 Jimmy Carr Sean Lock Dave Spikey
Series 4 20 October 2006 15 December 2006 9 N/A Jimmy Carr Sean Lock Dave Spikey
Series 5 15 June 2007 20 July 2007 6 Big Brother 8 Jimmy Carr Sean Lock Jason Manford
Series 6 13 June 2008 18 July 2008 6 N/A Jimmy Carr Sean Lock Jason Manford
Series 7 4 September 2008 26 December 2008 14 Big Brother 9 Jimmy Carr Sean Lock Jason Manford
Series 8 5 June 2009 24 July 2009 8 N/A Jimmy Carr Sean Lock Jason Manford
Series 9 8 January 2010 19 February 2010 7 N/A Jimmy Carr Sean Lock Jason Manford


Main articles: 8 out of 10 Cats:Claws Out and Live DVDs from the 8 out of 10 Cats panel

On the 20 November 2006 a DVD entitled Claws Out was released containing three seperate episodes full of deleted and unbroadcastable scenes from the first four series of 8 Out of 10 Cats. Also, the main panel have each released DVDs of a live stand-up performance.

Claws Out Episodes

External linksEdit

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