The Celebrity Voicemail Show. Kayvan Novak. Copyright: BBC.

The Celebrity Voicemail Show

BBC Three (Online) sketch show spin-off from Kayvan Novak's Radio 4 comedy. 1 pilot in 2017. Stars Kayvan Novak and Richard Pepple.

The Celebrity Voicemail Show. Kayvan Novak. Copyright: BBC.

The Celebrity Voicemail Show

Kayvan Novak recreates voicemail messages left for a celebrity

Sketch Show
BBC Three (Online)
1 Pilot
Kayvan Novak
Kayvan Novak and Richard Pepple
Kayvan Novak
Kayvan Novak and Ed Tracy
Matt Stronge

Kayvan Novak has adapted his critically acclaimed Radio 4 comedy, The Celebrity Voicemail Show, for BBC Three.

This show imagines what it would be like to listen to the voicemails left on a celebrity's answerphone. Over the course of each episode the viewer sees a number of characters leaving messages for that episode's celebrity and a narrative is constructed. Often what's happening in the background is as important as the message itself.

In the pilot episode Kayvan imagines the answerphone messages that might have been left for George Lucas midway through his hectic, and often shambolic, first phase of shooting on Star Wars in the Tunisian desert.

From Alec Guinness' agent quibbling over a percentage of the unfinished film's gross profits, to an inept special effects technician struggling to find a sound suitable for 'the electric swords'. This episode provides a hilarious and informative alternate viewpoint on an audacious project that flirted with complete disaster, yet managed to achieve success beyond its young director's wildest dreams.

Production Details

Part of

BBC Comedy Pilots 2017

BBC Comedy Slices 2017

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 11th December 2017 on BBC Three (Online) at 10am
Episode length
18 minutes
Last repeat
Friday 2nd February 2018 at 11:55pm on BBC1