“He handles his audience like a DJ at a club, beginning with a thoughtful set about guilty pleasures (Meryl Streep apparently feels bad about watching Homes Under the Hammer) before building to a story about a complicated trick he once played on a know-all friend known as Micki Pedia, the punchline of which has the audience gasp with delight.” Victoria Segal, The Sunday Times
“as much a lecture as traditional stand-up, and features original journalism… Gorman makes me laugh. He also tells me stuff I don’t know… The show was a little tour de force, terrific-ish” ★ ★ ★ ★ Andrew Billen, The Times
Ratings and critical hit, Dave Gorman Modern Life Is Goodish will return to Dave for a fifth series, starting at 10pm on 31st October. After attracting a peak of 1.5 million viewers and regularly receiving a total audience of over a million per episode in series four, the show is one of UKTV’s most successful original commissions.
Armed with a computer, clicker and checked shirt, Dave continues to cast an eye over modern life in his own unique style combining stand-up, visual storytelling, and real-world experimentation. In these eight new mischievous comedy performances, Dave once again turns his attention to the areas of everyday life we normally take for granted- scrutinising the absurdities and contradictions that continue to fascinate and infuriate him.
In this series Dave takes to fatherhood in his usual spirit: playing tricks with singing toys, interrogating children’s TV characters, and messing with modern Monopoly. What does the term ‘generation’ really mean? Why does his Mum use emojis? Are “Life Hacks” really any help at all? All these questions and more, will be answered. Sort of. Along the way, Dave tests the merits of man versus machine, in all its life-like glory. Plus, he finds himself in a lucrative but compromising situation. Of course no Modern Life Is Goodish would be complete without our host sifting through “the bottom half of the internet” for those real words by real people; digging out the ridiculous, opinionated and downright maddest reader comments to be found on the most frenzy-inducing newspaper articles for, what Dave likes to call, a Found Poem.
The new run of Dave Gorman Modern Life Is Goodish follows further hugely successful returning commissions for Dave – series five of Taskmaster, Red Dwarf XII and a second series of Zapped. The channel continues to increase its UKTV Original shows across the schedule with brand new Porters, The Joy of Techs, and Eat Your Heart Out with Nick Helm, while Jason Byrne’s new show Don’t Say It, Bring It and Ross Noble: Off Road are still to come later this year. Dave is also showing more live sport, committing to bring five live boxing matches to free television over the next year, in partnership with David Haye and Richard Schaefer’s Hayemaker Ringstar.
Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish starts Tuesday 31st October, 10pm on Dave. Series 1-4 are available to catch-up now on UKTV Play.
Other things the press have said about Dave Gorman Modern Life Is Goodish
“King of PowerPoint comedy” isn’t a viciously contested mantle, but Gorman deserves praise for having mastered his craft…He has a pleasing streak of curmudgeon, and is as skilled with a comic callback as he is with his slides: his climatic anecdote about an online quiz is sublime. Jack Seale, The Guardian Guide
“TV Gold: brilliantly-observed… and is naturally very funny” Ally Ross, The Sun
“Dave Gorman is a clever and inventive comic… and Modern Life Is Goodish shows why he is so popular” Simon Horsford, The Daily Telegraph
“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
“It’s a sort of cutting-edge documentary-slash-stand-up hybrid, with Gorman offering genius gags aplenty” Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian Guide
“Gorman is that rare thing: a comedian who leaves you with a warm glow and tears in your eyes” Claire Webb, Radio Times
“When TV goodish is perfect” David Stephenson, Sunday Express
“Dave Gorman is funny and brilliant in equal measure.” David Chater, The Times
★ ★ ★ ★ Jason Arnopp, Heat ★ ★ ★ ★ Mark Wareham, Mail On Sunday
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Notes to editors
Dave Gorman Modern Life Is Goodish has been commissioned by IAIN COYLE for Dave. The show’s Series Producer is JAMES FIDLER (Frank Skinner’s Opinionated), Series Consultant is NICK MARTIN (Have I Got News For You) and director is PAUL WHEELER (Live At The Apollo), while the Executive Producers are JAMIE ISAACS for Liberty Bell and IAIN COYLE.
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