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
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


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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