Brand new 5x60 comedy chat show has no rules
The UK's number one non-PSB channel, Dave, has today announced the commission of an unpredictable, unscripted comedy chat show hosted by well-loved comedian Alan Davies.
The as yet untitled Alan Davies project, to be produced by Phil McIntyre Television in association with Grand Scheme, is a simple but brilliant idea. Known for his lead role in Jonathan Creek and permanent position on the panel of BAFTA-nominated QI, Alan sits with four other top comedians round a table and they talk. About anything.
The show recreates the relaxed atmosphere found amongst bantering comics backstage and elicits anecdotes and interaction that you simply won't get anywhere else. There are no rules, no themes and no preparation. All Alan has is one amazing fact about each of them, after which, the conversation could spiral in any direction.
I'm looking forward to sharing what makes comedians tick and bring some of the banter from long car journeys, gigs or backstage in the dressing room to Dave's viewers.
General Manager of Dave, Steve North said
This is an exciting and audacious format that completely fits with Dave's promise to provide contemporary entertainment starring the finest comedy talent. The channel has just enjoyed its most successful 12 months to date, and I'm incredibly excited about the next 12 because we've got some cracking new commissions coming to viewers screens soon.
The Alan Davies project is scheduled to air on Dave this summer. Filmed in front of an audience, each episode will feature an eclectic mix of 'A list' talent, alongside fresh 'up and coming' faces, in a unique and intimate way.
UKTV Commissioning Editor, Iain Coyle, who is overseeing the series, commented
Any comic will tell you the funniest place at a comedy club is not on stage, or in the audience, but in the green room or dressing room, where comics are totally relaxed. There you get a different type of funny, spontaneous and very Dave.
Executive producing is Lucy Ansbro from Phil McIntyre Television and Graham Smith from Grand Scheme.
Unpredictability, informality and the quick wit of Alan and his guests are the key ingredients. It's a pleasure to make and we hope Dave viewers love the 'anything goes' approach. It's quite risky trying to do a show with no script but very exciting.
UKTV's Dave attracts over 27 million viewers per month. The Alan Davies project follows a raft of brand new commissions on the channel including 24 Hours to Go Broke (TX Q2 2014) Crackanory, Ross Noble Freewheeling and Dave Gorman's Modern Life is Goodish. Dave's success in 2013 contributed to UKTV achieving its highest viewing figures since the network launched 21 years ago.
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