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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Hypothetical cancelled after four series

UKTV has confirmed that Hypothetical, the Dave panel show hosted by Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster, has come to an end after four series.

British Comedy Guide, 13th June 2023

'The pandemic changed my approach to comedy,' says Josh Widdicombe

One positive about the pandemic, according to Josh Widdicombe, is that it strengthened the connection between comedians and their audiences.

Steven MacKenzie, The Big Issue, 28th May 2022

Improv Corner - Improv in the media - Hypothetical The Podcast

In the podcast the tables are turned and this time round the guests put presenters Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster in the limelight and get them to answer hypothetical answers. It is really fun to see how they deal with the questions they are given and the answers that they tend to give as well.

Holly, Phoenix Remix, 23rd May 2022

James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe interview

With the return of their unashamedly nice TV gameshow Hypothetical, the duo are out to prove you don't need to be mean-spirited to get laughs.

Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian, 29th April 2022

Dave launches two comedy podcasts

The channel is launching a Hypothetical spin-off with James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe, plus new format with Jordan Brookes.

Chortle, 28th April 2022

Hypothetical to return for Series 4

Hypothetical - the panel show hosted by Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster - is returning to Dave for a fourth series in 2022.

British Comedy Guide, 20th December 2021

Improv corner - improv in the media - Hypothetical

I have high hopes for this show and keep my fingers crossed it does well because the world is needing a new and interesting panel show and this just might be it.

Phoenix Remix, 17th May 2021

Dave boosts its young audience

Executives cite new commissions such as Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable, Meet The Richardsons and Hypothetical for driving a 20 per cent growth in the number of 16- to 34-year-olds tuning into the channel.

Chortle, 21st April 2021

Broadcast Awards 2021 comedy nominees revealed

Feel Good, Friday Night Dinner, Ghosts, Inside No. 9, Man Like Mobeen and This Country are amongst the nominees for the Broadcast Awards 2021.

British Comedy Guide, 15th April 2021

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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