The Revolution Will Be Televised. Image shows from L to R: Jolyon Rubinstein, Heydon Prowse
The Revolution Will Be Televised

The Revolution Will Be Televised

  • TV sketch show
  • BBC Three
  • 2012 - 2015
  • 19 episodes (3 series)

Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein take on celebrities, bankers, politicians and others in a satirical prank series. Also features Kieran O'Brien and Jo Bunting.

The Revolution Will Be Televised. Image shows from L to R: Jolyon Rubinstein, Heydon Prowse. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions

Key details

Sketch Show
2012 - 2015
BBC Three
19 (3 series), plus 3 highlights specials
Jolyon Rubinstein, Heydon Prowse and Joe Wade
Heydon Prowse, Jolyon Rubinstein, Kieran O'Brien and Jo Bunting
Christopher Davies, Alistair Griggs, Joe Wade, Heydon Prowse, Jolyon Rubinstein, Jon Harvey and Chris Atkins
Andy Brown, Adam Jarmaine, Daniel Lucchesi, Tommy Forbes and Errol Etiene
Mark Talbot, Andy Brown, Rebecca Fleckney, Richard Wilson and Sean Hancock

This series brings corruption, greed and hypocrisy to the fore and drags it to the court of public opinion.

The Revolution Will Be Televised's bite-sized comedy hits - from fictionalised characters to ballsy stunt-led sketches - have already been grabbing the headlines. George Osborne being handed that GCSE maths book? Cheryl Cole 'storming out' of a BBC TV interview? What the hell has been going on?

In the great tradition of mischief-makers like Michael Moore, Mark Thomas and Dom Joly, Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein bash a variety of arrogant, puffed-up people over the head with an inflated pig's bladder, on behalf of anyone who has stared open-mouthed at the arrogance, hypocrisy, corruption and greed of the various politicians, avaricious multinationals and tax-shy billionaires who have been taking the piss out of the British public for years. Now it's their turn to be outraged, deceived, inconvenienced and humiliated.

Series 1's bite-sized comedy hits - from fictionalised characters to ballsy stunt-led sketches - grabbed the headlines.

In Series 2, their targets were every bit as varied and every bit as flummoxed by the boys' sheer chutzpah. The EDL, David Cameron, Google, the BBC, George Clooney, Cara Delevingne, Nike, Bell Pottinger, the Saudi Embassy, betting shops, Ed Miliband, Katie Price, Nigel Farage, the G8 Summit, Amazon, Ryan Air, GCHQ, the International Criminal Court (ICC), Network Rail, Boris Johnson and much, much more... all were confronted in a very public arena often with surprising results.

For Series 3, the duo headed to America to film some stunts. Bill Clinton, Dennis Rodman, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Samuel L Jackson and Bryan Cranston are amongst those that crossed their path, with the UN, Coca Cola, Wall Street, Gun Lovers, Pro-Lifers, Google, the whole of Las Vegas and Halliburton in the US also coming under satirical attack.

In 2015, to tie in with the General Election, the team delivered Revolution Presents: Democracy Dealers, a one-off special featuring politician-based highlights from the show alongside new footage.

Additional details

Also known as
  • The Revolution Will Be Televised Presents Democracy Dealers
  • Revolution Presents: Democracy Dealers

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 22nd August 2012 at 10pm on BBC Three
Last new broadcast
Sunday 15th March 2015 at 10:35pm on BBC Two
Most recent repeats

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