Unspun comedy preps for launch

Last Week Tonight - HBONew six-part topical comedy series Unspun With Matt Forde is gearing up for a September launch on Dave.

Avalon Television is making the new series as a UK response to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (pictured), which the company produces in the US for cable channel HBO.

British comedian Oliver is a veteran of America’s hit satirical programme The Daily Show, and Last Week Tonight has been a big success.

Unspun will be hosted by comedian and broadcaster Matt Forde and will be filmed the day before broadcast to make sure it stays topical.

With the UK rocked by an unexpected Brexit vote, swiftly followed by the appointment of a new prime minister and turmoil in the Labour Party, the time is being seen as ripe for a new satirical show in a style that’s been such a success on the other side of the Atlantic.

“2016 isn’t short of political stories and now more than ever it’s important that satire has a voice on TV,” said Steve North, managing director of Dave. “Matt Forde will entertain audiences by bridging the gap between comedy and politics in Unspun in the autumn.”

PI subscribers can click here for details on the key crew involved and we’ll be posting further details in the coming weeks.

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Last Week Tonight image: Avalon/HBO


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