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You’ll have no trouble erasing RTÉ’s woefully unfunny panel show Clear History from your memory

RTÉ’s new panel show is more of the same

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Kevin McGahern, host of RTÉ’s latest derivative panel show Clear History, flanked by the team captains, Joanne McNally and the serial panellist Colin Murphy

Kevin McGahern, host of RTÉ’s latest derivative panel show Clear History, flanked by the team captains, Joanne McNally and the serial panellist Colin Murphy

Kevin McGahern, host of RTÉ’s latest derivative panel show Clear History, flanked by the team captains, Joanne McNally and the serial panellist Colin Murphy

If sarcasm is, as popularly claimed, the lowest form of wit — and that’s debatable if you’ve ever sat through an entire episode of Bridget & Eamon — then the panel show is the cheapest kind of television comedy there is, excepting stand-up.

By the standards of TV production budgets, making panel shows is a relatively low-cost business. All you need is a studio, a few desks and chairs, maybe some clips, a live audience (at least in pre-Covid times), a host and a bunch of comedians.

Unless it’s a show dependent on topicality, like Have I Got News For You, you can cut costs further by shooting more than one episode in a day.


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