Series: 8 Out of 10 Cats

Sean Lock, Jimmy Carr, and Jon Richardson
Jimmy Carr: Here's your question: "Best Way to Make Friends."
Jon Richardson: You tell a woman that you love her, and she says, "I think we're friends"

British Panel Game show focusing on statistics, opinion polls, and surveys, hosted by Jimmy Carr. The title of the program comes from the Whiskas cat food commercial, who's ad campaign claimed that "8 out of 10 cats love Whiskas." Team captains have included Sean Lock (Series 1 - present), Dave Spikey (series 14), Jason Manford (series 510), and Jon Richardson (series 11).

There were four rounds in the game up to series 8, which was then reduced to three. Since series series 9, a longer version of the show called 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut is broadcast in the same week as the standard half-hour episode.

Rounds (current):

  • "What Are You Talking About?": The teams have to try to guess the top three talking points among members of the public that week.
  • "Pick of the Polls": The teams are given four pictures to choose from and are given a poll based around that picture.
  • "Believe It or Not": The teams are try to guess if a statistic is true or false.
  • "And the Winner Is...": The teams try to guess what came #1 in a poll presented to the public.
  • "The Poll with a Hole": Each team is given a statistic that is missing a piece of important information, and have to guess what that piece of information is.

Retired rounds (Featured in series 1 and the Big Brother specials)

  • "Face Off": The teams have to guess which famous person came on top with respect to a particular topic.
  • "Word Association": The teams view a video illustrating a word and have to guess the top three things people thought of when they heard that word.
  • "What's the Poll?": The teams are presented with five famous personalities, picture by picture, and they have to guess what poll they appeared in.


This show contains examples of:


  • Character Tic: At the start of the show, Jimmy tends to hop onto the circle in front of the panel, and shake his head slightly before delivering his opening monologue. This has been subsequently lampshaded by Sean several times.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Sean comes across as one at times. He can go one incredibly weird yet hilarious tangents.
    • Joe Wilkinson is a more straightforward example. For instance, in one episode he pulled out a Peppa Pig lunchbox, which contained a bag full of 17 scotch eggs. When asked why he had packed 17, Joe admitted it was the most he could fit into the bag without overloading it.
  • Cooldown Hug: In the 2011 Christmas episode, after about twenty minutes of inane blathering from Jedward, Greg Davies breaks and starts mimicking Jedward's semi-surreal speech in frustration, descending into pure incoherent gibberish. He gets a consoling hug from team captain Jon Richardson.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Sean, in spades.
  • Crossover: Starting in 2012, the cast of the show also started doing their version of Countdown, dubbed 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: In one of the Christmas episodes, Jimmy gave away a extremely large bottle of whiskey to Sean. Jimmy mentions about replacing it with something fake and Sean was really shocked it was real. However with Jedward in the studio, forcing any sane man to drink, predictable things happen and the whiskey was taken away.
    • Subverted in another episode when Sean was given a tie that contained a hidden flask. Sean was cynical that he had been given real alcohol, until he had a few sips.
  • Girls with Moustaches: Played with in one episode, when facial hair came under discussion, and Jimmy gave each panelist a stick-on false moustache - including Roisin Conaty, the only female panelist on that episode.
  • Kick the Dog: Parodied and played for laughs by Sean Lock. Sean frequently mentions what evil plot he's got kicking around his head on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and they tend to vary between "not very nasty" to "cartoonishly mean".
    Sarah Millican: Everybody knows that to beat Sean lock, you have to become Sean Lock. So on my way to the studio, I frowned at a kitten and made a pregnant lady cry.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The episode after Jimmy had been caught in a tax scandal was full of this trope, from Jimmy suspecting that there would be a lot of discussion about him, to Jon welcoming the extra millions of viewers tuning in for that week.
  • Left the Background Music On: On occasion during the high-pace drumbeat introduction, Sean can be seen dancing along to the drums and even waving at the audience.
  • One Head Taller: Humphrey Ker (6'7") when he appeared on Jon's (5'8") team.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: The first round is a poll of the news stories that the public have been talking about over the last week- as this tends to be more populist than the more politics-orientated Have I Got News for You, if the week sees something that might be in bad taste to joke about (such as the earthquake in Haiti in 2010), then the episode is replaced with a themed special (in that particular case, movies).
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Jon falls into the more sensitive end of the spectrum, while Sean is definitely more of a man's man.
  • Shipper on Deck: Lorraine Kelly seems to ship Jon with Josh Widdicombe.
    Josh: [On the subject of gay marriage being legalised in England] I'm not just going out going "Oh, I can do it now. I'm going to marry Jon."
    Jon: I'll do it.
    Josh: I'm not going to do it, no.
    Jon: Well, it's on camera now, isn't it?
    Lorraine: Please get married, then you can come on my show. It'd be lovely. We could do like a lovely makeover on both of you, and it'd be gorgeous.
    Josh: What's the problem with what we look like now?
    Lorraine: There's nothing wrong with you now, but if you're getting married, for goodness sake, you've got to take this seriously. If you're getting married, you've got to look better.
    • Lorraine also seems to ship herself with Josh. Josh pointed out that the last time he was on the show with Lorraine, she walked him to his taxi and said "if I was twenty years younger..." before shutting the door.
  • Sixth Ranger: Joe Wilkinson is arguably this. And to an extent, Susie Dent and Rachel Riley.
  • Slash Fic: Referenced in one episode. Jason brings it up, and takes the most offense to the fact that he hasn't been bummed in any of them.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Invoked in an episode of 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown by Romesh Ranganathan. His teammate Sarah Millican had a snake placed around her neck in an attempt to distract Sean and Liza Tarbuck - except it ended up with Romesh running away from her because the snake kept moving its head towards him.