Matt Forde’s political satire Unspun is returning to UKTV’s Dave for an extended fourth series which will air in both a 30-minute and extended 60 minute in-depth editions.
The eight-part series will be recorded on the same evening of transmission, with the extended edition airing later that week.
Forde, a former Labour Advisor turned stand-up comedian, will again offer viewers his sharp take on breaking news and current affairs alongside delving in to the more human side of Britain’s leading political figures through in-studio interviews.
The previous three series have seen him interview a host of big name politicians, including Tony Blair impersonating an Italian Prime Minister’s reaction to a fatal lase of diplomacy involving a pizza tie.
Viewers were also treated to Harriet Harman pinpointing previous shadow health minister Robin Cook totally misconstruing a trip to the cinema with her children for a jaunt at the other end of the spectrum and Anne Widdicombe opening up about joining an altogether different pantomime featuring Basil Brush after leaving Parliament.
Forde said, “One of the great benefits of the impending global recession, rising sea levels and a nuclear war is that I get to sit behind a desk and make snarky comments about it all and I think we’d all agree that’s a price worth paying”
Richard Watsham, UKTV director of commissioning, said, “I’m pleased to be supersizing Unspun with two TXs a week so that the show’s loyal and growing fan base can get even more brilliant satire from the talented Matt Forde.
“We’re proud to be making something funny and intelligent that is unlike anything else on British TV.”
Luke Hales, Dave channel director, said, “We know Dave viewers are hugely engaged with the world of politics, and it’s great for the channel that we can be so topical with such an informed and entertaining comedian as Matt at the helm.”
Jon Thoday, managing director at series producers Avalon, said, “We are delighted to be working with UKTV once again on Unspun.
“It is great to see a British broadcaster allowing boundaries to be pushed with political comedy and giving Matt even more freedom to delve into the ever-changing landscape of global politics.”
Unspun with Matt Forde starts Sunday, 28th January at 10pm. Unspun XL with Matt Forde starts Wednesday 31st January at 11pm.
Series 1-3 are available to watch now on UKTVPlay