15 June 2020
Following the standout success of series one, Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable (8x60') will return to Dave for a second series. Produced by Expectation, the UKTV Original starts production this month and sees the nation's favourite comics and celebrities compete to convince Mel Giedroyc that they are the most unforgivable person in the room.
Mel Giedroyc said:
I am utterly thrilled to be taking to the Unforgivable dais once more... (I love the word "dais". It's almost as good as "plinth"). It's going to be an absolute cracker of a second series. I know that because I manifested it this morning.
We'll be welcoming in a whole roster of deliciously naughty, mucky guests, and expect some big surprises coming out of our booth too. Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to the drone. Boring old Ofcom, eh?
Just a word of explanation. For those viewers who have confused this series with the film "Unforgiven", much as I do have a lot in common with the story of an aging outlaw and killer who takes on one more job years after he'd turned to farming, I am Mel Giedroyc, a perimenopausal lady from Leatherhead, not Clint Eastwood, the multi-Oscar winning octogenarian hottie.
Comedian Lou Sanders returns as Mel's sinful sidekick as she and Mel encourage the guests to dredge up their most outrageous sins, lies, legal transgressions and morally bankrupt behaviour.
Cutie pops and sweetie pie back together at last - just like the nation demanded! Can't believe this series is going to be underwater - wait, unless that was a prank?
Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable launched earlier this year to a series average of 816k individuals* and across the premiere eps the series profile averaged 25% 16-34 and 63% ABC1. Each episode sees three celebrities confess their wildest stories, in the show that scratches away at the squeaky clean reputations of some of the nation's favourite faces.
Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable is commissioned by Hilary Rosen, UKTV deputy director of commissioning. The series is ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning and Steve North, genre manager, comedy and entertainment. Executive producer for Expectation is Ben Wicks and Hilary will executive produce for UKTV. Dominic Wells-Martin will series produce.
Hilary Rosen said: "I'm absolutely delighted that we are going again with Unforgivable. The show was a big hit on Dave and we are excited that it will be returning with the irrepressible Mel at the helm and Lou below deck if she continues to misbehave."
Steve North added: "We were so pleased with the first series success, from our viewers reaction and most recently a nomination for a National Television Award, so I'm thrilled it is coming back for a second series. I particularly loved hearing the guest's revealing stories every week and look forward to seeing who is brave enough to face Mel and Lou in series two."
Ben Wicks added: "We are delighted to be heading back into the studio with Unforgivable series 2 for the wonderful people at Dave, as Mel and Lou continue to cleanse our souls. This time around we'll be ramping up the number of skeletons being dragged out of our guests' closets by having all manner of surprise appearances pop up throughout the show. It's a bit like This Is Your Life, but featuring all the people who really wish they'd never met you."
The first series of Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable is available to catch up on UKTV Play with guests including Graham Norton, Richard Ayoade, Jennifer Saunders, Phil Wang and Gemma Collins. The new series starts filming this month at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith and series two guests will be revealed soon.
The announcement comes shortly after Dave unveiled a new slate of UKTV Original series coming later this year, including British as Folk with Darren Harriott, Fern Brady and Ivo Graham, Richard Ayoade's Question Team, David Mitchell's Outsiders and The Island, hosted by Tom Allen with Jason Forbes and Kemah Bob.
Notes to Editors
*Includes online viewing and same-week repeats
For more information please contact:
Gem Pinkney, Head of Consumer Communications
Sky 111/811, Virgin 127/194, Freesat 157, Freeview, BT & TalkTalk 19, Freesat 157. Dave Ja Vu: Sky 211, Virgin 211, Freeview 23, BT & TalkTalk 23
On demand on Sky, Virgin and UKTV Play
Ever since it was knee high to a TV remote, Dave had an idea. It wanted to be the first place viewers would come for brand-new, award-winning comedy entertainment from the biggest and brightest stars and production companies in the UK. And in the years since, it has launched some of the most exciting and best-loved titles on TV, including the launch of Taskmaster. The channel's critically-acclaimed established comedy hits Hypothetical, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier, and Comedians Giving Lectures will shortly welcome the forthcoming Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable. And it's not just in front of the camera where the comic genius lies either, with a wealth of scripted treasure such as Sliced, the upcoming Meet The Richardsons and a first ever feature-length special for Red Dwarf.
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