Tuesday 24th January 2017
Unspun with Matt Forde (6x60") returns to Dave this March to take an irreverent look at politics and politicians in 2017. Matt will dismantle the hyperbole and try to work out what on earth is going on, how did it all happen and what's going to happen next.
Produced by Avalon Television, Unspun with Matt Forde's first series attracted a particularly strong profile to the channel with 31% 16-34 and 66% ABC1 adults.
Recorded the day before transmission, series two will feature up-to-the minute analysis of the news agenda, special reports from guest comedians including Andy Zaltzman and Phil Wang and music from Matt's house band MP4, the world's only parliamentary rock group whose members are all serving, or former politicians.
At the heart of each Unspun With Matt Forde will be an in-depth discussion with one of Britain's leading political figures. Fresh from the news of Brexit, series one saw Matt grill some of the UK's most talked about politicians including Chuka Umunna, Ruth Davidson, Nick Clegg and Anna Soubry.
Richard Watsham, director of commissioning, said,
At a time of increasing political uncertainty, Matt Forde's brilliant brand of political comedy is more important than ever. There's not enough satire around right now so I'm delighted to be continuing to stretch Dave's output with a second series of Unspun.
Steve North, general manager for Dave, said,
We are very proud of the series and the brilliant way it's helped Dave build its reputation for contemporary and topical commissioning. Matt gives the channel a platform to be current and unique, and with such a rich mix of political faux pas it's only right Matt has a chance to do what he does best and call those responsible out.
The series will air on Dave from Wednesday 1st March and has been ordered by Richard Watsham and Steve North. Deputy director of commissioning, Hilary Rosen commissioned the series and will executive produce for UKTV.
MP4 are: Kevin Brennan MP (guitar and vocals), former MP Ian Cawsey (bass guitar and vocals), The Rt Hon. Sir Greg Knight MP (drums and percussion) and Pete Wishart MP (keyboards and vocals). The news follows the success of UKTV Original series on Dave in 2016, including Taskmaster, Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish and Red Dwarf XI, all returning with brand new series later this year.
Series guests are yet to be confirmed.
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Dave's had a haircut and shave in recent years as it grows from awkward teenager to fully-fledged commissioner of new and original shows. And it's not just comedy these days but entertainment and even some knock-out live sport. Hit UKTV Original commissions include Taskmaster, Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit and Crackanory, all laden with the biggest names in British comedy. Dave enjoyed critical success with two series of Hoff the Record, a mockumentary ensemble comedy led by the living legend David Hasselhoff.