Hypothetical. Image shows from L to R: James Acaster, Josh Widdicombe. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions
Hypothetical

Hypothetical

  • TV panel show
  • Dave
  • 2019 - 2021
  • 24 episodes (3 series)

Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster host a panel show testing two teams of comedians on their ability to deal with a series of ridiculous scenarios.

  • Due to return for Series 4

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Series 1, Episode 1

Hypothetical. Image shows from L to R: Rob Beckett, James Acaster, Jessica Knappett, Liza Tarbuck, Tom Allen, Josh Widdicombe. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions
Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster pose absurd theoretical situations to Tom Allen, Rob Beckett, Jessica Knappett and Liza Tarbuck who are then scored on how well they deal with them.

Preview clips

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 6th February 2019
Time
10pm
Channel
Dave
Length
60 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 9th February 2019 11:00pm Dave
Sunday 10th February 2019 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 12th February 2019 11:00pm Dave
Thursday 2nd May 2019 1:00am Dave
Thursday 2nd May 2019 10:00pm Dave
Sunday 5th May 2019 11:00pm Dave
Wednesday 20th November 2019 2:45am Dave
Wednesday 20th November 2019 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 12th May 2020 2:15am Dave
Monday 4th January 2021 12:00am Dave
Thursday 22nd April 2021 10:40pm Dave

Cast & crew

Cast
Josh Widdicombe Host / Presenter
James Acaster Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Tom Allen Guest
Rob Beckett Guest
Jessica Knappett Guest
Liza Tarbuck Guest
Derek Acorah Self
Writing team
Tom Craine Writer
Matthew Crosby Writer
Freya Parker Writer (Additional Material)
Tom Parry Writer (Additional Material)
Benjamin Partridge (as Ben Partridge) Writer (Additional Material)
Tom Neenan Writer (Additional Material)
Henry Paker Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
John L Spencer Director
Sophie Le Good Producer
Joe McVey Executive Producer
Stu Mather Executive Producer
Josh Widdicombe Executive Producer
Danny Carr Edit Producer
Pascal Emmenegger Editor
Ben Telford Production Designer
Dominic Tolfts Production Designer
Lorna Gillieron Costume Designer
Coco Gerrard-Morgan Costume Designer
Samantha White Make-up Designer
Alice Bond Make-up Designer
Chris Kempton Lighting Designer
Sanjiv Sen Composer
Dave Whyte Graphics

Videos

Tom Allen's hypothetical date

Tom Allen is posed with a hypothetical question about how he would go on a date with the man of his dreams without spending any money.

Featuring: Josh Widdicombe, James Acaster & Tom Allen.

Rob Beckett's royal car ride

Rob Beckett is posed with a hypothetical question about how he'd get a lift off a member of the royal family.

Featuring: Josh Widdicombe.

Press

TV Review: Hypothetical

It's kind of like Taskmaster except they don't actually do anything and just attempt to be humourous instead.

Alex Finch, Comedy To Watch, 7th February 2019

Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster are the co-hosts of this alternative gameshow in which comedians are awarded points for their solutions to crazy hypothetical situations. A strong first episode features schoolmates Tom Allen and Rob Beckett alongside Jessica Knappett and Liza Tarbuck.

Mike Bradley, The Guardian, 6th February 2019

TV review: Hypothetical, Dave

The scoring system here makes Mornington Crescent seem perfectly logical.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 6th February 2019

Review: Hypothetical

This probably won't be such a mega-hit as Taskmaster, but everything Acaster touches tends to turn to gold, so it's easy to see this becoming an audience favourite.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 6th February 2019

Josh Widdicombe interview

"Worrying is what drives people to be good"

Sarah Carson, i Newspaper, 5th February 2019

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