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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.

Press Clippings

TV and web comedies up for Broadcast Digital Awards 2018

Chewing Gum, In The Long Run, Man Like Mobeen, Roast Battle, The Young Offenders and This Country are amongst the nominees for the Broadcast Digital Awards 2018.

British Comedy Guide, 16th May 2018

The British equivalent to a late-night US chatshow, reacting to events of the day, has been an elusive grail for decades. On the evidence of previous series, Unspun is not quite it, although Dave has upped the ante with this incarnation: an extended version will now broadcast on Wednesdays at 11pm.

Andrew Mueller, The Guardian, 28th January 2018

Given his status as a resolute Blairite, Matt Forde occupies an unpopular niche in the British political landscape. What with the current dangerous tendency of people on all sides to simply hear what they want to hear, this makes him the perfect candidate to present a topical comedy show. Expect a few mangled sacred cows as Forde cheerfully upsets Brexiters and Corbynites alike.

The Guardian, 26th January 2018

The selling point of Forde's satirical news show is that it is recorded very tight to broadcast, theoretically encouraging both topicality and spontaneity. The nature of the format dictates that the quality is uneven, with much obviously depending on which guests are available - April's interview with Tony Blair was deservedly acclaimed - but, in general, the gulf between this and The Daily Show is unmissably vast.

Andrew Mueller, The Guardian, 7th June 2017

Tory candidate goes viral: compared to Alan Partridge

A Tory candidate's election campaign video has gone viral after viewers compared the politician to Alan Partridge. Sir Greg Knight, who is a member of the Parliamentary rock band 'MP4' which stars in Unspun With Matt Forde, has produced a jingle backed plea for local voters to elect a "strong and stable" Government.

Laura Hughes, The Telegraph, 6th June 2017

Unspun With Matt Forde gets two more series

Political comedy show Unspun With Matt Forde has been given two more series by channel Dave. The format will be broadcast twice weekly during the General Election.

British Comedy Guide, 8th May 2017

The UK's answer to John Oliver in format but sadly not execution (although John Oliver is surely also our own answer to John Oliver, being from Birmingham and all), Matt Forde's relatively ersatz Unspun returns for a new series of topical skewering. Guest comedians will include Oliver's former cohort Andy Zaltzman and Phil Wang, while political guests - unknown at the time of writing - will be drafted in to give their twopenn'orth.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 1st March 2017

UKTV orders Series 2 of Unspun With Matt Forde

Political comedy show Unspun With Matt Forde is to return to channel Dave for a second run. The six-part series starts in March.

British Comedy Guide, 25th January 2017

British TV is not suffering a noticeable dearth of bumptious comics taking a sideways look at the news, but rarely are the consequences amusing. The holy grail of such television - a marque to stand alongside Jon Stewart-era Daily Show or John Oliver's Last Week Tonight - remains, on this Atlantic shore, ungrasped. Forde's effort is the latest, and - at this admittedly early stage in its development - seems unlikely to change that.

Andrew Mueller, The Guardian, 28th September 2016