“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
“TV Gold: brilliantly-observed… and is naturally very funny”
Ally Ross, The Sun
Ratings and critical hit, Dave Gorman Modern Life Is Goodish will return on Dave for a fourth series from 8th November. With the last series seeing a peak of 1.9m individuals for its final episode across the week of transmission alone, the show has continued to grow its audience series-on-series making it one of UKTV’s most successful original commissions.
For Dave Gorman, modern life is still good…ish – it’s the absurdities and contradictions of today’s world that continue to fascinate and infuriate him. And so his fightback continues (ish) with these six new mischievous comedy performances. In his own unique style, combining stand-up, visual storytelling, and real-world experimentation, Dave once again turns his attention to the areas of everyday life we normally take for granted. In this series Dave concocts a convoluted method for getting rid of an unwanted gift, reimagines a classic game show and recruits his favourite celeb, Homes Under The Hammer star MARTIN ROBERTS, for an experiment. He explores the perils of stock photography modelling, takes the long way round to irritate an old friend, explains in depth why he doesn’t describe himself as “A Geek”, and admits to regularly seeking life-guidance from hip-hop superstar KANYE WEST. Flirty hotel soap, kinky cages and overly familiar foods will all be in the firing line whilst the diamond industry is brought to its knees and he’s just getting warmed up.
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.
Dave Gorman Modern Life Is Goodish starts Tuesday 8th November, 10pm on Dave.
Other things the press have said about Dave Gorman Modern Life Is Goodish:
“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
“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
“When TV goodish is perfect”
David Stephenson, Sunday Express
“Dave Gorman is funny and brilliant in equal measure.”
David Chater, The Times
Adam Postans, The People
“there are nice ideas here, and the section revealing the results of leaving disposable cameras around London (with user instructions) is really entertaining”
The Sunday Times, Culture
Notes to editors
Dave Gorman Modern Life Is Goodish has been commissioned by IAIN COYLE for Dave. The show is 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.
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: The Three Day Nanny (Channel 4), Scrappers (BBC One), Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish (Dave), the Grumpy Old… series and the Three Men… series (BBC TWO).
What the press has said about previous Liberty Bell productions:
“It may sound as if TV game shows have finally jumped the shark – or indeed the sheep – but Flockstars is the first really good idea ITV have had for some time. Brilliant title, cracking concept: like One Man and His Dog, but with national appeal”
Horatio Clare, The Sunday Telegraph
The Three Day Nanny
“I’m not just watching, I’m taking notes, because a lot of this applies to my family.”
Sam Wollaston, 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
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