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Anchored by Australian comedian Adam Hills and co-hosted by Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker , [2] it gives a review of the week's events. Featuring a mix of comedy, guests and Paralympics highlights, the show received strong reviews and regularly pulled in more than a million viewers each night of the Paralympic Games.

The Last Leg is described by main presenter Adam Hills as "Three guys with four legs talking about the week", [7] because Hills was born without a right foot and Brooker had his right leg amputated when he was a baby. The original series, broadcast during the Paralympics, was a look back at each day's events during the competition, as well as a look at the news that week. Following on from the Paralympics, the series became weekly, and looks at political and other events in the news that week, as well as covering Paralympic matters.

The show features guest interviews with Paralympians and celebrities. The series is broadcast live and encourages interaction with the viewers at home, holding polls via Twitter using hashtags. A recurring theme in the show is the use of the hashtag isitok to highlight questions from Twitter users to be asked in the show. Initially it was for asking questions about disability that people felt awkward asking: the broadening of the show's remit is reflected in the questions asked in this stream.

The show originally was broadcast from the Riverside Studios in London. Hills, Widdicombe and Brooker would be hosting the show from their homes in Melbourne , London and Huddersfield taking social distancing to the extreme and looking at the week's news in a comedic manner. Guests including Miriam Margolyes and Stephen Merchant were featured using video relay, and each episode ended with a song from The Horne Section. The show ran for five episodes from 8 May until 5 June and is available on All 4 after broadcast. The show is currently playing at Television Centre, London.

Recurring segments in the show include rants or attacks by Hills on certain people and organisations, which has since resulted in the coining of Hills' catchphrase: "Don't be a dick! Another is the "Bullshit Button", which was first used in a segment in which Brooker interviewed the then-Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg to see if Clegg could persuade him to vote in the UK general election.

Brooker would press a large red buzzer that played an audio recording of him saying the word "Bullshit" if he thought Clegg was lying during the interviews. Since then, the buzzer has been used in various situations whenever the show thinks someone is lying, and a second buzzer has been added which features Widdicombe saying: "That's true, actually" when someone says something that really is true. After appearing on the show in , comedian Armando Iannucci 's voice has replaced Brooker's voice on the bullshit button. Since the replacement, four more buttons have been implemented, all four varying in levels: "cow chutney", "a shite in shining armour", "a turd the size of Disneyland Paris " and "Thomas the Wank Engine", the latter being the most often used.

Most recently added is a button in which the sound is Brooker and Widdicombe exclaiming "Fuck off" in unison. Since January , The Last Leg has presented a mock prize to the "Dick of the Year", awarded for being the biggest dick over the year. The winner is voted on by the viewers using Twitter with the hashtag dickoftheyear.

The winner for was Russian president Vladimir Putin. In January , journalist Katie Hopkins received the most votes for 's "Dick of the Year" but Hills and the team making the show decided not give Hopkins the prize on the grounds that she would enjoy receiving it. Thus, the prize went to the person with the second-highest of votes, UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage. In the Christmas special, the prize was awarded to whole of the year , defeating Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and David Cameron. In , it was announced that as well as "Dick of the Year", the people who have come second and third will be named "Ballbags of the Year".

The nominations for were decided for by both public vote and a selection of wildcards chosen by the hosts of the show. The result was Trump being declared the winner, with May second and Hamilton third. There was also a special award given to Harvey Weinstein , who has ruled out of running for the main award on the grounds that it is possible that Weinstein may take "Dick of the Year" as a compliment. Weinstein was given the "Steaming Turd" award for "lifetime achievement". Rees-Mogg was announced as the winner, whilst Donald Trump was given a special award. In , comedy writer Graham Linehan was the runaway favourite nominee by viewers to be given the award, in light of controversial comments he had made on social media about transgender people.

The public's nominees were Rees-Mogg, Johnson, and Prince Andrew , Adam's wildcard was the Chinese government , Alex's wildcard was Rebekah Vardy 's Instagram , Josh's nominee was the video assistant referee system. Johnson was declared the winner, with Rees-Mogg second and Prince Andrew third. Another poll also announced David Cameron as "Dick of the Decade". In , the prize was awarded to Dominic Cummings , beating Donald Trump, who finished second and Matt Hancock , who finished third, while other nominees included Arsenal F.

The theme music is Public Enemy's " Harder Than You Think ", which became the show's permanent theme after initially serving as the title music to the whole of Channel 4's Paralympic Games coverage. The first and ninth series were broadcast daily at the end of the day's Paralympics coverage on Channel 4.

The second series was broadcast each Friday, with the show moving to Wednesday nights for its third series, before reverting to Friday nights for the fourth and fifth series. In October it was announced that the show would return for a Christmas special titled The Last Leg of the Year and a second series, which began broadcasting in January A fifth series started broadcasting in August , followed by a sixth series in January and a seventh in June After the seventh series, a special 2-part series entitled The Last Leg Goes Down Under was broadcast on 29 January and 5 February , and preceded the start of series 8 on 12 February.

On 25 March , in a parody of the Boaty McBoatface internet poll controversy , the show released the renametheLastLeg hashtag on Twitter live on the set to allow viewers to choose a new name for the show. The show brought the of choices down to the four most popular ones and then they released a Twitter poll to change the name of the programme for next week's final episode of the series. During one Summer Paralympics episode on 14 September , host Adam Hills announced that the show was to be renamed again, this time in Paralympic athlete Libby Clegg 's honour.

The remainder of that show was called The Fast Clegg. Featuring dozens of comedians and politicians, the show aimed to inspire the public to resolve animosity between people they had fallen out with. Politicians appeared in pre-recorded skits where they were stuck in a lift with another politician they disliked, and found common ground; some members of the public who had resolved arguments with each other were shown in a hot tub together.

Adam Hills was quoted as saying "If the Paralympics is covered well, it can change the way Jim Davidson looks at and treats people with disabilities". The programme provoked a discussion in the media about whether disability and comedy could work together on TV. And it has given a sense of permission for regular viewers to talk openly about things they may ly have shied away from".

Brooker's interview with Nick Clegg for the programme was described by political journalist Hugo Rifkind as "a model of how to talk normally to a politician — and make them talk normally back". British television series. Main article: List of The Last Leg episodes. Thus the prize actually went to second-place Farage. BBC Studioworks. Retrieved 13 January Retrieved 19 September Retrieved 8 September The Guardian.

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