Comedians Giving Lectures returns to Dave

Sara Pascoe

Wednesday 5th February 2020

UKTV announces today that Comedians Giving Lectures, hosted by Sara Pascoe, is returning to Dave for two brand new series (2 x 6x40'). The UKTV Original series, produced by 12 Yard Productions, was one of the top performing commissions on Dave in 2019 attracting an audience of over half a million.

Sara Pascoe said:

I love hosting the show, mainly to see my peers trying to be clever and failing hilariously.

Comedians Giving Lectures is commissioned for UKTV by Iain Coyle, head of comedy entertainment, and Luke Hales, Dave channel director, and ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning, and Steve North, genre general manager for comedy and entertainment. The series is exec produced for 12 Yard Productions, the ITV Studios owned indie, by Michael Mannes and Paul McGettigan. ITV Studios will also handle international distribution.

Iain Coyle said:

I'm delighted that we're doing this again. It feels like a really fresh way of doing stand-up on telly. It's a real challenge for the comics and really helps us bring new and diverse voices to the channel."

Luke Hales said:

We love this format as it really gives comics the challenge of adding their own humour to some pretty random topics. It was fantastic to see the response from Dave viewers for series one, so we can't wait to give them more.

Paul McGettigan, Head of Comedy Entertainment at 12 Yard said:

We loved making our first ever series for Dave and are thrilled with the order for two more. We're already scouring the archives for more brilliant lecture titles for our comedians to take on.

Comedians Giving Lectures joins an array of UKTV Originals coming to Dave in 2020, including Hypothetical S2, Meet The Richardsons, Sliced S2 starring and co-written by BAFTA-nominated Samson Kayo, and the upcoming Comedy Against Living Miserably, a series of stand-up specials in partnership with CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).


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Praise for the first series of Comedians Giving Lectures:

  • "It's inventive, fast and - at times - quite filthy" Radio Times
  • "A fresh twist of stand-up comedy format" , "You won't likely learn anything, but you will laugh a lot" Daily Mirror
  • "Another original Dave show that's simple but effective" Sun TV Magazine

For more information, please contact:

Kelly Phelps, Publicist, UKTV

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The partnership between Dave and CALM continues to grow, having launched the "Be The Mate You'd Want" campaign, the Conversations Against Living Miserably podcast and its first commission on the horizon, Comedy Against Living Miserably for three stand-up specials.

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