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


Dave panel show about ridiculous scenarios. 8 episodes (1 series) in 2019. Stars Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster.

Catch-up on Episode 8 on UKTV Play   Episode 1 is repeated on Thursday 2nd May at 1am.

Hypothetical. Image shows from L to R: Rob Beckett, James Acaster, Jessica Knappett, Liza Tarbuck, Tom Allen, Josh Widdicombe. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Series 1, Episode 1

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.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 6th February 2019
60 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular 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
    Tom Neenan Writer (Additional Material)
    Henry Paker Writer (Additional Material)
    Freya Parker Writer (Additional Material)
    Tom Parry Writer (Additional Material)
    Benjamin Partridge (as Ben Partridge) Writer (Additional Material)
    Production team
    Ben Telford Production Designer
    Dominic Tolfts Production Designer
    Pascal Emmenegger Editor
    John L Spencer Director
    Sophie Le Good Producer
    Joe McVey Executive Producer
    Stu Mather Executive Producer
    Josh Widdicombe Executive Producer
    Sanjiv Sen Composer


    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, James Acaster, Rob Beckett.


    Josh Widdicombe interview

    "Worrying is what drives people to be good"

    Sarah Carson, i Newspaper, 5th 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

    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

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