Unspun With Matt Forde. Matt Forde. Copyright: Avalon Television.

Unspun With Matt Forde

Dave comedy about politics. 27 episodes (4 series), 2016 - 2018. Stars Matt Forde, Andy Zaltzman, Phil Wang, Aparna Nancherla and others.

Unspun With Matt Forde. Image shows from L to R: Alan Johnson, Matt Forde. Copyright: Avalon Television.

Series 1, Episode 1

In the first episode of his brand new political comedy show, Matt Forde is joined by Alan Johnson, Labour MP for West Hull and Hessle. Johnson talks about Corbyn and how he handled the EU referendum, and explains his views on spanking.

Further details

Alan Johnson on Jeremy Corbyn: "Jeremy wasn't the most passionate campaigner in favour of the EU. I would say, at best, he was neutral, but he had people around him - John McDonnell, Seumas Milne - who were fiercely in favour of a NO vote."

When Matt asks if Alan has had any interaction with Corbyn since, he responds, "None. None from the referendum onwards."

Alan blames the former PM for the EU referendum vote: "...and, as I say, it's not why we lost it, we lost it for all kinds of reasons including a former PM who's now leaving Parliament, David Cameron, who just messed this up completely - disaster from start to last. He got 44% of Tory supporters - if he'd got 50% it would have been won."

Matt raises a YouGov sex survey poll that claimed to reveal the way you vote can indicate your sexual preferences, and that Labour voters are more likely to enjoy spanking and sex outdoors. As Matt closes out the interview, he cheekily asks "Spanking or the great outdoors, Alan?". Alan Johnson responds, "spanking is underrated", later explaining "it's the satisfying smack of skin on skin."


Owen Smith was billed to appear in this episode but pulled out late in the day.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 14th September 2016
60 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Matt Forde Host / Presenter
    Andy Zaltzman Self
    Phil Wang Self
    Kevin Brennan (as Kevin Brennan MP) Band
    Ian Cawsey Band
    Greg Knight (as The Rt Hon Sir Greg Knight MP) Band
    Pete Wishart (as Pete Wishart MP) Band
    Guest cast
    Alan Johnson Guest
    Francesco De Carlo Self
    Writing team
    Matt Forde Writer
    Paul McCaffrey Writer
    Julian Deane Writer (Additional Material)
    Tony Doole Writer (Additional Material)
    Karl Minns Writer (Additional Material)
    Production team
    Peter Orton Director
    Tom Vinnicombe Segment Director
    Robyn O'Brien Series Producer
    Dan Atkinson Producer
    Jon Thoday Executive Producer
    Richard Allen-Turner Executive Producer
    Hilary Rosen Executive Producer
    Richard Watsham Executive Producer
    Tom Levinge Segment Producer
    Perry Widdowson Editor
    James Dillon Production Designer
    Billy Kimberley Costume Designer
    Kit Hall Make-up Designer
    Dobs Vye Composer


    Political Parties Sexual Fantasies

    Matt Forde looks at the sexual fantasies of the various political parties.

    Featuring: Matt Forde.

    Alan Johnson skin on skin

    Alan Johnson says he thinks spanking is under-rated.

    Featuring: Matt Forde, Alan Johnson.

    Grammar Schools

    Matt Forde looks at the grammar schools debate.

    Featuring: Matt Forde.

    Phil Wang on China

    Phil Wang talks about the UK's relationship with China.

    Featuring: Phil Wang.


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