Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable renewed for a fourth series with Mel Giedroyc and Lou Sanders at the helm

Lou Sanders and Mel Giedroyc

14th September 2023

Award-winning UKTV Original series Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable (8x60'), hosted by Mel Giedroyc and devious deputy Lou Sanders, will return for a fourth series on Dave and free streaming service UKTV Play. Produced by Expectation, the format welcomes a new line up of famous faces ready to tell their terrible truths.

For the first time ever, Lou Sanders will be traversing the nation to seek confessions and the most jaw-dropping revelations. Additionally, celebrity guests will be spilling more beans than ever with brand-new games in the studio leading to even more scandalous stories.

Mel Giedroyc said,

Four series in, who'd have thought, and I'm frankly a quiver with excitement to be returning to this magnificent programme. Our celebrities sordid and hilarious confessions are even more jaw-dropping than ever, thank goodness showbusiness remains a bottomless, fetid pit of dysfunctionality that just keeps on giving, much to the delight of myself, Lou and most importantly the viewers.

Lou Sanders said:

I'm beside myself with excitement. I get to work with Doctor Sunshine herself! We've got loads of new, spectacularly stupid things planned. I think the show gets better each series and we are ready to go!

Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable received Best Entertainment show at the Broadcast Digital Awards for its debut series in 2021. Previous series have included Jimmy Carr, Sarah Millican, Graham Norton, Katherine Ryan, Jennifer Saunders, Rosie Jones, Munya Chawawa. Charlotte Church, Craig Revel Horwood, Dermot O'Leary, Lethal Bizzle, Guz Khan, Meera Syal and many more disclosing their inner most malevolent misdeeds.

Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable has been commissioned for UKTV by Hilary Rosen, director of commissioning and ordered for Dave by Cherie Hall, channel director. Ben Wicks and Dom Wells-Martin are the executive producers for Expectation, with Series Producer Jo Maney. Jason Dawson is executive producer for UKTV.

Hilary Rosen said,

Collaborating with Mel and Lou on Unforgivable is always an absolute joy, and I'm thrilled this title is returning to Dave. Get ready for even more sensational and jaw-dropping Celebrity revelations.

Cherie Hall said,

Mel and Lou showcase year after year their strength as a comedic duo and find new ways to make me cry with laughter. No one gets a shameful secret out of a celebrity like those two, and series four is really set to take things to the next level.

Ben Wicks, Creative Director, Entertainment for Expectation said,

Thrilled Mel and Lou are back. Their ability to wheedle out hilarious yet shocking truths from celebrities outclasses that of the Metropolitan Police (not hard). Which is why it's tremendous that Lou is being sent out into the nation to find wrong'uns wherever they lurk - Britain's least likely yet funniest emergency service."

Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable is the latest UKTV Original series for recommission, following the announcement of a fourth series for BAFTA-winning series Big Zuu's Big Eats (airing later this month) and a third series of Outsiders, returning in October. The news also follows announcement of brand new UKTV Original series Battle in the Box, hosted by Jimmy Carr.

Catch up on the first three series of Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable on UKTV Play. Series four will air next year on Dave and UKTV Play.

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Dave is the award-winning entertainment channel home to a veritable feast of UKTV Original comedy hits from some of the biggest stars in the UK. Comedy entertainment shows like BAFTA-winning Big Zuu's Big Eats, Outsiders, Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable, World's Most Dangerous Roads and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, sit alongside award-winning scripted comedy Meet the Richardsons.

But Dave isn't just restricted to television screens. There's exclusive online content, with YouTube's Outsiders: Gone Wild with David Mitchell and Get Off My Phone! featuring Grace Campbell, Thanyia Moore, Ania Magliano, Travis Jay and more, as well as Facebook series The Comedy Guide To Life, Bad Advice with Olga Koch and BackChat. Dave's partnership with CALM has led to exclusive commissions and innovative online and marketing campaigns such as #BeTheMateYoudWant. Dave also crowns its winner of Dave's Joke of the Fringe at Edinburgh each year.

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UKTV Play is an on demand TV service providing instant access to shows from UKTV's free-to-air channels - Dave, W, Yesterday and Drama. With the easy-to-use UKTV Play app you can browse and stream hundreds of shows for free via your computer, tablet or smart phone. You can also watch on the telly thanks to Freeview Play, Amazon Fire TV, YouView, Samsung TV, Apple TV, Freesat, NOW and Roku. If you're a Sky or Virgin Media customer, shows from other great UKTV channels - Gold, Alibi, and Eden - are also on the menu. | Ways to Watch

About UKTV:

UKTV has been at the forefront of branded television for over 30 years, entertaining the nation with programmes they love. Its leading brands - Dave, Gold, W, Drama, Alibi, Eden and Yesterday - span comedy, entertainment, natural history, factual and drama, and are delivered to audiences through UKTV Play, Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat and Amazon Fire. The broadcaster is a significant investor in British creativity and is committed to working with new and established writers, directors and programme-makers. UKTV is part of BBC Studios, the UK's most-awarded production company, a world-class distributor with international branded services, and a commercial subsidiary of the world's leading public service broadcaster, the BBC. |

About Expectation

Expectation launched in February 2017 as a multi-genre, independent production company covering both scripted and non-scripted programming. Led by Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks, Expectation has built an enviable reputation for creating new drama, factual drama, factual, comedy and entertainment programming as well as breaking new and diverse talent and winning multiple awards for its shows. Among these are?Clarkson's Farm and The Grand Tour for Prime Video, two series of award-winning drama In My Skin for BBC Three, award-winning comedy dramas Alma's Not Normal and Guilt for BBC Two and The Chelsea Detective for Acorn TV. Under Creative Director Ben Wicks, it has produced an array of award-winning entertainment programmes, including: The Big Narstie Show (with Dice Productions), The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan (with Momo G), Race Around Britain (with Munz Made It) for YouTube Originals, Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable for Dave, Steph's Packed Lunch (with Can Can) for Channel 4, This Is MY House for BBC One, I Literally Just Told You for Channel 4 and Backstage with Katherine Ryan for Prime Video.