Thursday 9 May 2019
Comedian, actor and writer Sara Pascoe will host a brand-new format, Comedians Giving Lectures (8x30'), for UKTV's award winning entertainment channel Dave.
The UKTV Original series, produced by 12 Yard Productions, will see some of the funniest people in British comedy deliver a hilarious stand up presentation in the guise of a lecture. In each episode, host Sara Pascoe gives three comedians the titles of genuine lectures, but none of the content. However, not only have they got to impress the audience with their usual comedy chops, they will also be marked on their oratory skills by experts in the field of their lecture topic.
The subjects might be serious and grown up, but the content created by the comedians certainly won't be. Drawing inspiration from some of the most popular lectures of all time, such as 'The Moral Side of Murder' and 'The Good News about PMS', viewers can expect to see some impeccably crafted PowerPoint slides presented by, hopefully, well prepared comedians.
Comedians Giving Lectures is produced by 12 Yard Productions, commissioned for UKTV by Joe McVey, commissioning editor, with Iain Coyle, head of comedy entertainment and ordered by Dave channel director, Luke Hales. The series is exec produced for 12 Yard Productions, the ITV Studios owned indie, by Matt Walton and Paul McGettigan and series produced by Susie Hall.
Joe McVey said:
I once had to give an hour-long lecture on triangles, and it was really dull. Why didn't I just get a comedian to write it for me? It all seems so obvious now. #piechartsrule.
Luke Hales said:
We're all huge fans of Sara so it's a real treat to have her at the forefront of this UKTV Original for Dave. We can't wait to see what hilarious theories the comedians come up with.
Paul McGettigan, executive producer for 12 Yard Productions, said:
We are delighted to be bringing brand new stand-up comedy to Dave and equally thrilled to be working with the brilliant Sara Pascoe.
Comedians Giving Lectures joins an array of UKTV Originals on Dave, including the upcoming eighth series of Taskmaster, a second series of Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and Judge Romesh, as well as the brand-new scripted comedy Sliced, co-written by and starring BAFTA nominee Samson Kayo.
Comedians Giving Lectures will air later this year on Dave.
For more information, please contact:
Kelly Phelps, Publicist, UKTV
Notes to Editors
Since bursting onto TV sets in 2007, Dave has been putting in hours at the gym and is now a beefed-up powerhouse of brand new and original commissions from some of the biggest stars and production companies in entertainment. Romesh Ranganthan, Jon Richardson and YouTube sensation Yianni Charalambous are just some of the latest additions to the channel's ever-increasing slate.
Whether it's innovative comedy entertainment like the BAFTA and Emmy-nominated Taskmaster, or scripted sitcoms including the worldwide hit Red Dwarf, Zapped, and Porters, Dave's guaranteed to work your funny bone like never before.
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About 12 Yard Productions
12 Yard Productions, an ITV Studios owned indie, is one of the world's most successful entertainment format creators. Its formats include the BBC's long-running quiz Eggheads, the global-hit Big Star's Little Star, reality series Coach Trip, and BBC comedy entertainment shows including Insert Name Here and I'll Get This. 12 Yard Productions has offices in London and Glasgow.