Frank Skinner's Opinionated. Frank Skinner. Image credit: Avalon Television.

Frank Skinner's Opinionated

A weekly topical comedy show hosted by Frank Skinner. The comic and his guests unpick arguments in front of an audience

Chat Show
2010 - 2011  (BBC Two)
18 (3 series)
Frank Skinner
Avalon Television

Marking his return to the BBC with his first BBC Two series since Fantasy Football, Frank Skinner hosts this weekly topical show that takes on the big, and not so big, issues in the news from Frank's unique perspective.

Joining Frank each week are two top comedians to un-pick both sides of the argument, while keeping an all-important eye on the funny side.

Each week the show comes from a studio in a different part of the country housing very opinionated audiences who offering their own take on events.

Frank Skinner says: "It's me, two guest comedians and, most importantly, the citizens of Great Britain sharing our opinions on stuff in the news. On a good week, I will probably crowd-surf."

Earlier in the year, at news that the series had been recommissioned for a further two series for 2011, Skinner said: "I'm massively pleased that the BBC have commissioned another two series of Opinionated. I knew my buy one get one free suggestion would win them over."

Series 2 stopped off in Manchester, Glasgow, Norwich, Maidstone and London. Guests included Miranda Hart, Lee Mack, Greg Davies, Sarah Millican and Chris Addison, Katy Brand, Alan Davies, Victoria Coren and Ross Noble.

Our Review: After a slightly unsure start, Opinionated settled into a pretty entertaining series. The programme's title might be a little misleading to some though: it's pretty inoffensive, gentle banter rather than anything more forceful, thought-out or, well, 'opinionated'.

The interaction with the audience certainly makes for some funny moments (for example, a Series 1 audience member had plugs up his nose to stop hay fever, yet didn't act as if there was anything odd in this) - and the host certainly gets to show off his celebrated quick wit in these banter segments.

There's not a lot specifically wrong with the show, but we would point out that a number of the guests appear to be falling into its laid-back format too comfortably, not using any/much of their own wit or material.