31st May 2022
Following its success on Dave earlier this year, the UKTV Original series of Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable (8x60'), hosted by Mel Giedroyc and her sinful sidekick Lou Sanders, will return for a third series. The series is produced by Expectation, and sees stars from comedy, sport and entertainment battle it out to see who is the absolute worst human of all time.
Mel Giedroyc said,
I can't believe we get to misbehave for another series of Unforgivable on Dave, and that we have guests agreeing to come on. It's become the go to place for confessions and I love it.
Lou Sanders added,
Very happy to report to my cutie for extra duties. Yes. Delighted to be back in my baby's arms to celebrate the disgusting crimes of the nation.
Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable won Best Entertainment show at the Broadcast Digital Awards for its debut series in 2021. Series two welcomed Katherine Ryan, David Haye, Alan Davies, Sally Phillips, Munya Chawawa and guests from across the world of entertainment spilling their most awful confessions.
The second series premiered in February and ranked Dave as the #1 non-terrestrial channel in the time slot, the series has averaged over half a million individuals per episode*
To date all episodes of the show have seen over 720k plays on UKTV Play**
Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable is commissioned for UKTV by Hilary Rosen, deputy director of commissioning, and ordered by Cherie Cunningham, Dave channel director. Richard Watsham is director of commissioning for UKTV and Steve North is genre general manager, comedy and entertainment. Ben Wicks is the executive producer for Expectation with Dom Wells-Martin returning as series producer.
Hilary Rosen said,
Working with Mel and Lou on Unforgivable is the best fun and I'm ecstatic that we are going again with this title. Our audience can expect bigger, better and ever more eye-popping confessions this time around.
Cherie Cunningham said,
Mel and Lou are our absolute heroes at Dave. They make extracting the world's most unforgivable sins out of TV's finest look easy - a comedy force to be reckoned with, we welcome them back to the channel with open arms.
Ben Wicks, Creative Director, Comedy Entertainment for Expectation said,
We are elated that the good people at Dave have asked Mel and Lou to continue their important work, creating a febrile comic atmosphere guaranteed to elicit jaw-dropping confessions out of comics and celebrities. We can't wait to see the next filthy raft of admissions, and nor can the Metropolitan police.
Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable is the latest UKTV Original series to get the greenlight to return following recent announcements for Question Team and Late Night Mash. BAFTA-winning Big Zuu's Big Eats also has a new series airing on Dave in the summer.
Catch up on the first two series of Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable on UKTV Play. Series 3 will air later this year on Dave and UKTV Play.
*Across 6 consolidated episodes to date - this is total consumption
**UKTV Play: Pay data available up to Mar 2022, D2C data up to 05/05/2022
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Dave is the award-winning entertainment channel home to a veritable feast of UKTV Original comedy hits from some of the biggest stars in the UK. Comedy entertainment shows like BAFTA-winning Big Zuu's Big Eats, Outsiders, Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable, Hypothetical, Comedians Giving Lectures, Question Team, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, The Island and British As Folk sit alongside scripted comedies such as Meet The Richardsons and Red Dwarf.
But Dave isn't just restricted to television screens. There's exclusive online content, with Youtube's Big Zuu's Wrap Clash and Who Cares? With Amelia Dimoldenberg, as well as Facebook series The Comedy Guide To Life, Bad Advice with Olga Koch and BackChat. Dave's partnership with CALM has led to exclusive commissions and innovative online and marketing campaigns such as #BeTheMateYoudWant. Dave is the proud sponsor of Dave's Edinburgh Comedy Awards and also crowns its yearly Joke Of The Edinburgh Fringe every August.
Expectation launched in February 2017 as a multi-genre, independent production company covering both scripted and non-scripted programming. Led by Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks, Expectation has built an enviable reputation for creating new drama, factual drama, factual, comedy and entertainment programming as well as breaking new and diverse talent and winning multiple awards for its shows. Among these are Clarkson's Farm and The Grand Tour for Prime Video, two series of award-winning drama In My Skin for BBC Three, award-winning comedy dramas Alma's Not Normal and Guilt for BBC Two and The Chelsea Detective for Acorn TV.
Under Creative Director Ben Wicks, it has produced an array of award-winning entertainment programmes, including: The Big Narstie Show (with Dice Productions), The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan (with Momo G), Race Around Britain (with Munz Made It) for YouTube Originals, Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable for Dave, Steph's Packed Lunch (with Can Can) for Channel 4, This Is MY House for BBC One, I Literally Just Told You for Channel 4 and Backstage with Katherine Ryan for Prime Video.