Ridiculous improvised comedy show Hypothetical renewed for a fourth series


20th December 2021

UKTV has confirmed stars Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster are back for a fourth series of Dave's innovative theoretical comedy show Hypothetical (8x60').

The hit UKTV Original programme follows top comedians as they are posed absurd hypothetical situations and scored on how well they would deal with them. Over five rounds, two teams of comedians must think fast as they are faced with a series of completely made-up scenarios and interrogated on their approach to each one.

Josh Widdicombe said,

It is an absolute pleasure to be reunited with James after a year of him not returning my texts or calls. Thank you to Dave for forcing him to hang out with me again

James Accaster said,

We're back and more hypotheticaler than ever. Josh and I can't wait to gunge celebrities and give away thousands of pounds in cold hard cash!

Nominated for a Best Entertainment Programme at the Broadcast Awards earlier this year, the series has welcomed a whole host of comedians including Richard Ayoade, Jo Brand, Ed Gamble, Suzi Ruffell, Sophie Duker and Joel Dommett to come up with their best hypotheticals. James Acaster was also recently nominated for Male Comedy Entertainment Performance in Hypothetical at the National Comedy Awards

Hypothetical is produced by Hat Trick Productions, commissioned for UKTV by Iain Coyle, head of comedy entertainment, and ordered by Cherie Cunningham Dave channel director. Richard Watsham is UKTV's director of commissioning and Steve North is genre general manager, comedy and entertainment. Hypothetical is executive produced by Iain Coyle alongside Stu Mather at Hat Trick Productions and the series will be produced by Sophie Le Good and Zoe Tomalin

Iain Coyle said,

Josh, James and the good people at Hat Trick, are bringing us more of the cleverest, funniest, most creative show on telly. I am, understandably, delighted

Cherie Cunningham said,

We are really excited to have James and Josh back on the channel to host another hilarious series of Hypothetical on Dave. In 2021 our original comedy entertainment slate has gone from strength to strength and with returning UKTV Originals like these 2022 is set to be even stronger.

Stu Mather said,

We're all incredibly excited to be heading back into the Hypothetical studio for more nonsense in 2022. We've lined up some brilliant guests, loads of stupid scenarios and, of course, a series of embarrassing outfits for James.

Hypothetical will air exclusively on Dave and UKTV Play in 2022. The acclaimed fourth series joins a host of brand new comedy, including brand new We Are Not Alone, The Island, hosted by Tom Allen, and returning Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable, Comedians Giving Lectures and Meet the Richardsons.

Praise for previous series of Hypothetical:

Sunday Times Culture:

Some of the finest belly laughs a panel show has seen

Daily Mail:

Hysterical ... essentially a playground for comedians

Link below to apply for free tickets to be in the audience for Hypothetical Series four [please note availablitly is limited]:



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