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This Week was a late night political discussion program aired on BBC One just after Question Time. It was hosted by Andrew Neil and featured a group of recurring guests explaining their interpretations of recent events through pre-filmed cutaway segments.

This Week contained examples of:

  • In-Series Nickname: The recurring guests had dedicated Twitter tags:
    • Alan Johnson is #sadmanontheleft
    • Liz Kendall is #fourpercent note 
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    • Michael Portillo is #choochoo note 
    • Jacob Rees-Mogg is #sadmaninasuit note 
  • Long Runner: The series first aired in January 2003 and concluded July 2019.
  • Put on a Bus: Diane Abbott MP used to be a regular guest, but rarely appeared after her promotion to the Shadow Cabinet.
  • Running Gag: Whenever John Bercow note  had been the subject of a significant portion of the discussion, the closing title sequence included Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John played over clips of his procession through the Palace of Westminster.
  • Self-Deprecation: Constant jokes at the expense of the program itself and the people appearing in it.
    • Neil frequently wished the viewer luck in finding the remote, reasoning that nobody would watch This Week unless they were incapable of switching over to anything else.
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    • When Diane Abbott occasionally reappeared after ceasing to be a regular, Neil describes her as "back by absolutely no public demand whatsoever".
    • Many of the male regulars had "Sad Man" among their nicknames.
    • Neil regularly insulted Portillo's garish shirts.
  • Show Within a Show: A recurring segment was Downturn Abbey, a parody of Downton Abbey.