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


  • TV panel show
  • Dave
  • 2019 - 2022
  • 32 episodes (4 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.

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Series 3, Episode 1

Hypothetical. Image shows from L to R: Suzi Ruffell, Tom Allen. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions
Suzi Ruffell, Tom Allen, Sophie Duker and Desiree Burch are faced with a number of bizarre hypothetical scenarios and scored on how well they would deal with them. As ever, it's all improvised on the night so expect chaotic act-outs, quick costume changes and lots of laughs.

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Broadcast details

Wednesday 10th February 2021
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 11th February 2021 1:40am Dave
Sunday 14th February 2021 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 16th February 2021 11:00pm Dave
Saturday 26th June 2021 11:00pm Dave
Saturday 31st July 2021 10:00pm Dave
Friday 3rd December 2021 2:25am Dave
Wednesday 23rd March 2022 12:20am Dave
Thursday 16th March 2023 1:20am Dave

Cast & crew

Josh Widdicombe Host / Presenter
James Acaster Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Tom Allen Guest
Suzi Ruffell Guest
Sophie Duker Guest
Desiree Burch Guest
Christopher Biggins Self
Tessa Sanderson Self
Michael Winsor (as Basil Brush) Self
Writing team
Tom Craine Writer
Matthew Crosby Writer
Henry Paker Writer
Freya Parker Writer (Additional Material)
Tom Parry Writer (Additional Material)
Ben Clark Writer (Additional Material)
Zoƫ Tomalin Script Editor
Matt Hulme Writer (Additional Material)
Kathryn Bond (as Kat Bond) Writer (Additional Material)
Kate Hinksman Writer (Additional Material)
Amy Mason Writer (Additional Material)
Katie Storey Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
John L Spencer Director
Stu Mather Executive Producer
Josh Widdicombe Executive Producer
Iain Coyle Executive Producer
Sophie Le Good Senior Producer
Pascal Emmenegger Editor
Ben Telford Production Designer
Dominic Tolfts Production Designer
Chris Kempton Lighting Designer
Sanjiv Sen Composer
Dave Whyte Graphics
Jake Dale Graphics


Sleepover with James Acaster and Tom Allen

James Acaster's having a sleepover and Tom Allen's his guest. Will they get a good rest or will Tom's miner's hat give James night terrors? Tuck yourself under your duvet and watch to find out.

Featuring: Josh Widdicombe, James Acaster, Tom Allen & Suzi Ruffell.


Hypothetical, Dave, review: Fun if a little forced

While the panel show leans into host James Acaster's surreal nature, it can feel too organised.

Rachael Sigee, i Newspaper, 11th February 2021

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