Rob's rant - Would I Lie to you?

ROB KIDD
Last updated 11:14 18/04/2012
What you don't expect from a Henry-hosted show, is to not feel anything towards him.
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What you don't expect from a Henry-hosted show, is to not feel anything towards him.

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What: Would I Lie to you?

Where: TV3

When: 7pm, Sundays 

You either love Paul Henry or you love to hate him.

What you don't expect from a Henry-hosted show, is to not feel anything towards him.

The racist rants and inappropriate feminine-facial-hair observations that saw him grab headlines as a morning TV presenter were brilliant/infuriating depending on your viewpoint.

But the reason they existed is because they were filmed live, and Henry's barrier between thoughts and words is notoriously wafer thin.

Filmed in front of a studio audience – who appear to be sitting on garden furniture – and heavily edited, Would I Lie to you? is mildly entertaining at best and a pretty good excuse to be at the pub on a Sunday night.

The format is so simple you could play it at home, and probably laugh more, too.

The two teams of three describe an experience or item from their past and the opposition have to guess whether it's true or false.

Like all NZ comedies the format comes from the US or UK but if TV3 wanted a low-maintenance gameshow about lies they should have looked no further than The Moment of Truth. It's an American creation whereby the contestant undergoes a polygraph test beforehand, during which they're asked intimate questions about their personal lives.

Then in front of a couch packed with their loved ones they steadily reveal facts ranging from embarrassing to down right shocking.

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