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Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish is returning to Dave after 7 years

ExclusiveWednesday 3rd July 2024, 9:21pm by Jay Richardson

Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish. Dave Gorman
  • Dave has ordered four new episodes of Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish, five years after the comic's last television show
  • Gorman teased his return to television in a newsletter to his fans last month, without revealing that he was reprising his best-known series
  • "It's been seven years since I hung up my Modern Life Is Goodish clicker and in that time, life has definitely got seven years moderner - so there should be plenty to get my teeth into" he says

Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish is returning after seven years, British Comedy Guide can exclusively reveal.

Dave has ordered four new hour-long specials of the stand-up series, in which Gorman cast his eye over the modern world, armed with his PowerPoint, computer and trademark checked shirt. They will air later in 2024.

"I'm delighted to be getting back in the Goodish saddle," Gorman says. "It's been seven years since I hung up my Modern Life Is Goodish clicker and in that time, life has definitely got seven years moderner - so there should be plenty to get my teeth into."

The show originally ran for five series between 2013 and 2017, attracting 1.5 million viewers per episode at its peak and becoming one of UKTV's longest-running series.

The Times called it "a little tour de force, terrific-ish", while the Guardian hailed it as "a sort of cutting-edge documentary-slash-stand-up hybrid, with Gorman offering genius gags aplenty".

Gorman teased his return to television last month in a newsletter to his fans, announcing some work-in-progress try-outs of material on 15th, 17th and 20th of this month at the Cambridge Junction, with tickets available now.

Gorman's last television series was the panel show Dave Gorman: Terms And Conditions Apply for Dave in 2019.

He stopped making Goodish in 2017 because of the workload, revealing that in the final three weeks before recording a pair of episodes, he would work for more than 100 hours each week finalising the scripts and presentations.

Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish is directed by Paul Wheeler and produced by James Fidler, both of whom worked on the original show, for Gorman's management company and independent producer Avalon (Taskmaster, Starstruck).

It was commissioned for UKTV by Mark Iddon, senior commissioning executive, comedy and entertainment, and ordered by Cherie Hall, Dave channel director and Hilary Rosen, director of commissioning. The executive producers are Gorman and Jamie Isaacs.

"I'm massively thrilled to announce the return of Modern Life Is Goodish to the U&Dave audience" said Iddon. "Dave Gorman's unique comedic insights and witty PowerPoint presentations have always resonated with our audience.

"His ability to dissect the quirks of modern life with humour and intelligence is unmatched. I can't wait to dive back into the joyous and thought-provoking observations that make modern life not just good, but goodish. In a world where everything's 'meh', we could use a dose of 'ish'. It's great to have you back, Dave!"

Added Isaacs: "After a well-earned break we are very excited this is happening again as we have really missed Dave's uniquely brilliant and very funny take on the world. We can't wait to start work on this with Dave and the team at UKTV."

Dave will rebrand to U&Dave on Tuesday 16th July.

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