Carpool is a distinctly low-frills, ingeniously penny-pinching chat show, with its cut-price opening credits and host Robert Llewellyn picking up guests in his car and interviewing as he drives them around. This week, it's the turn of Tim Vine, king of the twitter gag, whose puns Llewellyn finds amusing to an alarming degree, and comedian Doon Mackichan, whose latest show draws for its entertainment on the subject matter of recent family events including her father's death, her divorce, and the grave illness of her young son.David Stubbs, The Guardian, 26th January 2011
This simple premise allows Llewellyn and his passengers to trade banter which, while rarely hilarious, provides a pleasant way to spend half an hour
His first guest was likable Irish comedian Jason Byrne, followed by a natter with Jo Brand - clearly one of showbiz's nicest stars - in which she revealed that her superb NHS comedy Getting On was filmed in an abandoned hospital in the dead of winter with no heating facilities.
A slight but genial slice of compact-concept television.Paul Whitelaw, The Scotsman, 7th January 2011
For its makers, Carpool certainly has budgetary virtues. Instead of going to the expense of hiring a studio and building a set, they simply send out Robert Llewellyn in his Toyota Prius to pick up celebrities, whom he is then filmed interviewing in his car. Cheap as chips. This week, it's the turn of Jason Byrne, en route from the airport, who waxes vaguely amusing about conspiracy theories. Jo Brand is the next passenger, getting to retell the story of how she once flunked an audition to play herself.David Stubbs, The Guardian, 5th January 2011
Whoever thought that watching one person give a lift to another person would be so entertaining? This week Robert Llewellyn gives a ride to Jeremy Hardy and Rob Brydon, and the continuing theme through both interviews is taking the mickey out of Tony Blair.Sky, 18th November 2010
Dave's Carpool consists of just two blokes in a car shooting the breeze - it's a wonderfully refreshing addition to the chat show stable.Keith Watson, Metro, 4th November 2010