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


  • 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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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

Comedy shows nominated in Edinburgh TV Festival Awards 2020

Defending The Guilty, Feel Good, GameFace, Mum, Sex Education and Stath Lets Flats are amongst the nominees for the Edinburgh TV Festival Awards 2020.

British Comedy Guide, 25th August 2020

Have I Got News For You producers suggests studio audience plan

The producers of Have I Got News For You have suggested to the BBC an idea that would see them record the next series of the topical comedy show with a studio audience located in an adjacent room.

British Comedy Guide, 14th August 2020

Hypothetical Series 3 confirmed

Hypothetical, the comedy show hosted by Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster, will return for a third series.

British Comedy Guide, 5th February 2020

Hypothetical spreads to Tik Tok

Dave has launched a TikTok account, starting with a series tied in with James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe's panel show Hypothetical.

Chortle, 29th January 2020

Hypothetical Series 2 confirmed

Hypothetical, the panel show hosted by Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster, will return to channel Dave for eight more episodes.

British Comedy Guide, 21st June 2019

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