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Jack Whitehall and James Corden's jokes about the Queen and Susan Boyle on Big Fat Quiz of the Year led to complaints to Ofcom and outrage in the press. Have TV panel shows had their day or are they just in need of a radical rethink?

Janey Godley: The recent spate of testosterone-overloaded male posturing on Big Fat Quiz of the Year has created a kneejerk reaction from certain sections of the press [last week the Daily Mail attacked the show for revelling in "smut and cruel humiliation" and published a column by Jackie Clune and comments by Billy Connolly bemoaning the sexist, metropolitan, self-congratulatory tone of panel shows].

But I think panel shows are still a relevant and lively platform for comedians, celebs and social commentators. They are a great form of cheap-to-produce entertainment, with a long and distinguished history in Britain, and they are essentially what have kept radio alive. We all grew up watching or listening to comedy panel shows; they give comedians a chance to showcase their improv skills and let celebrities expose another, more playful side to their personality. »

- Janey Godley, Tom Cox

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