Dave announces slate of new comedy entertainment series

Dave announces slate of new comedy entertainment series

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Wednesday, 5th May 2021

UKTV has unveiled a host of new original comedy entertainment series for its comedy channel Dave.

Richard Ayoade, David Mitchell and Tom Allen are among the talent making their debuts for the channel.

In Outsiders, David Mitchell will challenge three pairs of comedians across six episodes to a series of outdoor challenges.

Ed Gamble, Jamali Maddix, Jessica Knappett, Kerry Godliman, Lou Sanders and Toussaint Douglass will take part in the first series.

Mitchell said: “Civilisation is clearly crumbling so it’s high time we worked out whether we can cope without it.

“And if you can think of a better way of doing that than making six comedians learn survival skills, then you weren’t involved in the development process of this programme.” 

British As Folk sees Fern Brady, Darren Harriot and Ivo Graham travel around the UK in search of the stereotypes and traditions that make up modern British life.

Brady commented: “The production team have really surprised us at every location so far with the activities we're doing.

“As a Scot I was convinced they'd get Glasgow wrong until I found myself doing working class yoga with a load of painter decorators and electricians on a council estate, white water rafting while attempting to interview a comedian and learning wilderness survival skills with a guy who makes his own knives up a mountain.”

Richard Ayoade will host a new comedy quiz with a twist called Question Team.

For each of the eight parts in the series, three comic guests will have to develop their own unique round of questions, inspired by their interests, for Ayoade and their fellow contestants to complete.

The only stipulation is that the questions must have proper answers.

Ayoade said: “I have agreed to be in this show and, for now at least, it looks like it’s going ahead.” 

In The Island, Tom Allen, Kemah Bob and Jason Forbes will preside over four comics playing God as they each conceive their own island utopia.

Allen will put their designs to the test and interrogate their every decision: “You may think you want your island’s only drink to be Fanta Limon, but what happens when it attracts that swarm of angry bees you chose last week?”

Meanwhile, Bob and Forbes will report live from the islands.

Allen said: “At a time when so many of us have fantasised about living on an island far away from the people around us, I couldn’t be more excited to be hosting this fun, original show whilst putting comics through their paces to demonstrate that utopia is a very difficult thing to achieve.”

The Island was created, developed and executive produced by James Acaster, Ed Gamble, Lloyd Langford and John Robins.

Meet the Richardsons has been recommissioned for a third series with an extended run of 10 episodes, reopening the fictional window into the funny and frustrating marriage of Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont.

Beaumont said: “Oh god; I’ve got to stay married to him another year.”

Also coming to Dave are the second and third series of Comedians Giving Lectures, hosted by Sara Pascoe, and a new run of Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, now in its sixth series. 

All of the above series will air on Dave later this year.

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UKTV has unveiled a host of new original comedy entertainment series for its comedy channel Dave.