More Hypothetical for UKTV


Wednesday 5th February 2020

Ahead of the launch of series two tonight, UKTV has confirmed it will bring back stars Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster for a third series of their bonkers theoretical comedy show Hypothetical (8x60').

Josh Widdicombe said:

Thank you to everyone at Dave and UKTV for again allowing me to piss around with my friend James and put it on TV. I for one won't rest until we have found out whether every celebrity in Britain would wear the big or little hat.

James Acaster said:

So excited to be back on your screens gunging contestants and giving away speedboats baby!

Hypothetical is produced by Hat Trick Productions, commissioned for UKTV by Iain Coyle, head of comedy entertainment, and ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning, Luke Hales, Dave channel director, and Steve North, genre general manager, comedy and entertainment. Hypothetical is executive produced by Coyle alongside Stu Mather at Hat Trick Productions, series produced by Danny Carr and produced by Sophie Le Good.

Iain Coyle said:

Commissioning a third series even before the second one has gone out, shows how confident we are about this show. Hypothetical is one of the funniest shows I've ever been involved with here at UKTV, it just gets better and better.

Luke Hales said:

We are so excited to be bringing back Hypothetical for a third series - we loved the first, and series two is even stronger. We have a unique, fresh and very funny format hosted by two of the best loved comics in the UK. The guest line-up has gone from strength to strength and the rounds have got even funnier - there is still no script, the guests remain fully on the spot and forced to think off the top of their heads - the result is comedy genius. For my money this is one of the best comedy entertainment formats in the market at the moment.

Stu Mather said:

We can't wait to get started on the third series of Hypothetical, we've got loads more stupid scenarios to throw a bunch of unprepared comedians. Massive thanks to Dave for allowing us to do that on their channel.

The return of Hypothetical joins other recent Dave commissions, such as Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable, World's Most Dangerous Roads and returning Comedians Giving Lectures, Sliced and Expedition with Steve Backshall. Coming to the channel in the first half of 2020 are Big Zuu's Big Eats, Meet The Richardsons and Comedy Against Living Miserably as well as returning favourite Red Dwarf for a feature length special.

Hypothetical series three will air on Dave later this year.

Series two stars tonight, 10pm on Dave and the first episode features Jonathan Ross, Maisie Adam, Sara Barron and Rob Beckett.


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Praise for the first series of Hypothetical:

  • "Some of the finest belly laughs a panel show has seen" Sunday Times Culture
  • "Triumphant" The Guardian
  • "Will make you laugh" Radio Times
  • "Very funny" 4 stars, Daily Mail
  • "Could this become the new Taskmaster" 4 stars, Daily Express Saturday Magazine
  • "Increasingly absurd" 4 stars, Mail on Sunday Event

For more information, please contact:

Ben Duncan, Publicist, UKTV

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Dave's not content on just making you laugh and share gags with your mates though. Expedition with Steve Backshall and Hurricane Man show off regions and aspects of the earth never before seen on TV while the resurrection of the hit series World's Most Dangerous Roads promises to test some of the UK's biggest comedic friendships to their absolute limits. Eddie Eats America and Big Zuu's Big Eats deliver mouth-watering food shows with a Dave twist while Red Bull Soapbox continues to delight with its boundless capacity for invention.

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