Dave, Tuesday 9th September at 9pm
“Dave Gorman is funny and brilliant in equal measure.”
David Chater, The Times
Ally Ross, The Sun
DAVE (GORMAN) and Dave’s (the UKTV channel) ratings and critical hit, Modern Life Is Goodish returns this September for a much-anticipated extended second series. The highest rating new commission on the channel last year, the show achieved as much as +69% on the slot average and was estimated by UKTV to have reached 5.2 million individuals.
DAVE GORMAN thinks modern life is good…ish. However, tired of endlessly being sold stuff he doesn’t need, feeling manipulated by the media and harassed by technology, he’s become slightly obsessive about the ‘ish’. But, instead of letting it drive him mad, he’s decided to fight back. A bit. Sort of. Ish. Presented using his own unique blend of stand-up and documentary comedy, the show gives a whole new take on the things we normally take for granted. Spam emails, meaningless world records, Dickinson’s Real Deal, ‘Greatest’ Hits Albums, chewing gum ad campaigns, the rise of the machines, government e-petitions, what to do with a found camera and one suspiciously prolific celebrity journalist are all investigated, dissected and, occasionally the subject of some well-meaning mischief. And Alan Sugar is back under the microscope… but this time it’s his apparent passion for kebabs that’s drawn DAVE’s eye. And, of course, DAVE is still sifting through the most ridiculous, opinionated and downright maddest reader comments to be found on the most frenzy-inducing articles he can find online, as each week he takes such comments and weaves them into, what he likes to call, a Found Poem.
Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish was commissioned by RICHARD WATSHAM for Dave. The show is series produced by NICK MARTIN (Have I Got News For You), produced by JAMES FIDLER (Frank Skinner’s Opinionated) and directed by PAUL WHEELER (Live At The Apollo), while the Executive Producers are JAMIE ISAACS for Liberty Bell and IAIN COYLE for Dave.
Join DAVE, on Dave, for a journey of intellectual curiosity and humour as he holds up a mirror to the countless questionable things we’re all exposed to but just seem to accept as ok.
DAVE GORMAN’S latest book, Dave Gorman: Too Much Information will be published on the 4th September and he will be on a major UK-wide tour from 3rd October with his brand new stand-up show, Dave Gorman Gets Straight To The Point* (*The Powerpoint).
Other things the press said about series one of Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish
“in the study of modern miscellany Dave Gorman is the equivalent of a professor emeritus… Not so much a stand-up comedian as the funniest teacher fans never had… Gorman is an alternative comedian in the most literal sense. There’s no one else quite like him.”
Ian Burrell, The Independent
“Dave Gorman is a clever and inventive comic… and Modern Life Is Goodish shows why he is so popular”
Simon Horsford, The Daily Telegraph
“When TV goodish is perfect”
David Stephenson, Sunday Express
For more information please contact: Dan Lloyd at Avalon on: 020 7598 7222 or email: DanL@avalonuk.com
Notes to editors
About Liberty Bell
Liberty Bell Productions, formed in autumn 2002, specialises in the production of television documentaries and features, factual entertainment, current affairs, drama-documentary and youth programming. Productions include: Scrappers (BBC One), The Three Day Nanny (Channel 4), Al Murray’s German Adventure (BBC FOUR), Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Factory (Channel 4), Portillo on Thatcher: The Lady’s Not For Spurning (BBC FOUR), The Alastair Campbell Diaries (BBC TWO), Frank Skinner on George Formby (BBC FOUR), Three Men In A Boat (BBC TWO), The Grumpy Guides to… (BBC TWO), Grumpy Old Men (BBC TWO), Grumpy Old Women (BBC TWO), Why We Went to War (More 4), Real Life: Beating Breast Cancer (ITV1), The Meaning of Life (BBC ONE) and The Widow’s Tale (BBC TWO).
What the press has said about previous Liberty Bell productions:
“The Walkers and the rag-tag bunch of rough diamonds they employ make for grand telly.”
Ben Arnold, The Guardian
Portillo on Thatcher: The Lady’s Not For Spurning
“Gordon Brown and David Cameron should watch it. Tony Blair should get a hold of a tape and reflect on what might have been. Media bosses who only commission films if they portray politicians as corrupt and mad should take note also… I know people with only a passing interest in politics who were gripped.”
Steve Richards, The Independent
The Alastair Campbell Diaries
“Just as DVD extras allow you to see the human fallibility that lies behind the polished exterior of the finished film, Campbell’s diary fills in the engrossing trivia of off-stage politics… it is completely engrossing.”
Thomas Sutcliffe, The Independent
The Widow’s Tale
“This complex and moving film is one of the television highlights of the year so far.”
Andrew Male, The Sunday Times
Grumpy Old Men
“The whole programme put me into an uncharacteristically, seethingly good mood… Wonderful stuff”
A.A. Gill, The Sunday Times
Al Murray’s German Adventure
“Murray makes a fine TV historian: interested, articulate and knowledgeable…A breathless hour around a stunning, wintery Germany that will probably leave most viewers wanting more on everything…Al Murray would be our man for the job.”
Gabrial Tate, Times Out
About Dave HD (Sky 111/232, Virgin 128, HD: 129, Freeview 12)
Dave proudly presents a plethora of original commissions; Crackanory, Ross Noble Freewheeling, Dave Gorman?s Modern Life is Goodish, and Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums, all laden with the biggest names in British comedy. Not to mention a brand spanking new series with QI favourite Alan Davies in Alan Davies As Yet Untitled.
If that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite we also have a stack of national treasures like QI, Red Dwarf X, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, not to mention the Red Bull trilogy of Cliff Diving, X-Fighters and the Soap Box races. And of course, we still have Top Gear.
Obviously we have to add, Dave is the UK’s most watched non-PSB channel broadcasting to over 27 million people per month, featuring hit US shows including the sharp-witted and sharp-suited Suits, the ludicrously addictive Lizard Lick Towing and the wonder that is Storage Hunters, the gift that keeps on giving.
UKTV is the multi-award winning media company that reaches over 42 million viewers per month. UKTV’s ten imaginative channel brands – Watch, Dave, Gold, Alibi, Eden, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home and Good Food – include the most watched non-PSB channel, the most watched channel in the Factual genre and the most watched channels in the Lifestyle genre (Pay and Free). The company’s most recent financial results showed a record-breaking year-end revenue of £262m, and operating profit at £71m.
UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC and Channel 4 content, and embracing technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT TV, TalkTalk, YouView, plus direct On Demand digital services. The network distributes its highly valued programmes to 200 territories around the world and supplies Sky with more hours of HD content than anyone else.
Now celebrating its 21st year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV – an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) – is proud to be the only British broadcaster to be recognised by Best Companies.
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