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Series 1, Episode 1

Revolting. Jolyon Rubinstein. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions
Comedy series satirising the state of the nation. Dennis Pound is on the streets of Loughton crowd-sourcing new policies for UKIP.

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Dennis Pound is on the streets of Loughton crowd-sourcing new policies for UKIP, while Dale Maily braves a festival of hippies. At the Durham Miners Gala, Corbynite Robyn meets his idol Jeremy Corbyn. Instacelebrity and slacktavist Duckface starts a social media campaign, Southern Trains have some new ways to ease the commute, and a new innovation gives billionaires an opportunity to experience paying tax.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 3rd January 2017
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Heydon Prowse Various
Jolyon Rubinstein Various
Ace Bhatti Various
Colin Hoult Various
Catriona Knox Various
Rachel Parris Various
Jo Bunting Various (Voice)
Lewis Macleod Various (Voice)
Guest cast
Emily Lloyd-Saini Various
Sophie McCartney Various
Anjili Mohindra (as Anjli Mohindra) Various
Nimisha Odedra Various
Aaron Stephenson Various
Natalie Bennett Self
Eric Schmidt Self
Writing team
Heydon Prowse Writer
Jolyon Rubinstein Writer
Christopher Davies Writer
Alistair Griggs Writer
Joe Wade Writer
Daniel Clarke (as Mothers Best Child) Writer
Guy Davidson (as Mothers Best Child) Writer
Production team
Errol Ettienne Director
Oliver Parsons (as Ollie Parsons) Director
Joshua Buckingham Series Producer
Jason Dawson Producer
Dominic Wells-Martin Producer
Mark Talbot Executive Producer
Ruby Kuraishe Executive Producer
Dan Nelson Editor
Beck Rainford Production Designer
Robert Lever Costume Designer
Roy Estabrook Director of Photography
Lulu Hall Make-up Designer
Ben Hughes 1st Assistant Director
Matt Hulme (as Matthew Hulme) Development Producer


Southern Rail: Britain's Worst Train Journeys

In Britain's Worst Train Journeys we see the truth about our rail industry and witness new products train companies use to keep their delayed passengers happy.

Featuring: Heydon Prowse & Jolyon Rubinstein.

G4S: Toddler Security

Need help with unruly children? G4S Koala Bear Clubhouse can help with that.

Featuring: Heydon Prowse & Aaron Stephenson.

Duckface campaigns to stop landmines

Can a hash tag change the world? Probably not, but it seems every cause has one. "Slactivist" and "Insta-Celebrity" Duckface hits the streets raising awareness about Landmines.

Featuring: Jolyon Rubinstein.


Ofcom will not investigate 'Real Housewives Of ISIS'

Ofcom has decided not to launch an investigation into the satirical BBC sketch that featured The Real Housewives Of ISIS.

Chortle, 23rd January 2017

'They want Muslims to be offended, but we aren't'

BBC2 sketch "Real Housewives of Isis" has been criticised as 'morally bankrupt' but many say such satire is a British tradition and can help in fight against terrorists.

Alexandra Topping, The Guardian, 6th January 2017

Revolting blasted for 'trivialising' jihadi brides

Many viewers horrified by choice of women living under brutal Islamic State regime as topic to be made fun of.

Steve Robson, The Mirror, 5th January 2017

Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein of The Revolution Will Be Televised return with another satirical sketch show. Brexiteers, hippies, CEOs, Corbynites, Blairites and millennials are all trolled on the street by characters such as rightwing journalist Dale Mailey and Ukip campaigner Denis Pound, who finds some deeply disturbing ideas for policy from folk on the streets of Loughton in Essex. There's a Day Today vibe, but with a fraction of the laughs.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 3rd January 2017

Preview: Revolting

The stars of hidden-camera satire The Revolution Will Be Televised return with a new series, but featuring many of the same characters and ideas.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 3rd January 2017

This new series, from the creators of The Revolution Will Be Televised, offers a satirical look at the sad state of modern Britain. Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse go out into the towns, trains and festivals of Britain to find people to mock. This is fine when the targets are corporations but the opening sketch, where one of them poses as a Ukip politician on the hunt for new policy ideas from the general public, seems rather sneering. He questions people on the streets of Loughton in Essex and subtly mocks their anti-immigrant views, agreeing that clearing out immigrants means that decent British folk can finally be "free to work in construction sites, clean toilets and work in Pret A Manger." Didn't Brexit happen because media and elitist types were scorning the views of people like this? Then they gatecrash a left-wing festival to mock the "dreadlocked quinoa-touchers" who're trying to radicalise the public with stalls selling sandalwood oil.

Choose some bigger targets, lads.

Julie McDowall, The National (Scotland), 3rd January 2017

TV preview: Revolting, BBC2

This is worth watching just to see Rubinstein's Tory MP James Twottington-Burbage almost getting thumped by a disgruntled Londoner.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 3rd January 2017

Revolting preview

YouTube has created a battalion of DIY pranksters - usually more irritating than amusing -and hidden camera stunts remain a rather too frequent go-to format for broadcasters. So it is something of a challenge to stand out against such saturation.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 3rd January 2017

Revolting includes spoof 'Real Housewives of ISIS'

A daring new BBC comedy pokes fun at the brides of Islamic State jihadis in a series of bizarre jokes.

Zoe Efstathiou, The Daily Express, 31st December 2016

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