It was announced today that the ratings and critical hit, Dave Gorman Modern Life Is Goodish will return to Dave (the channel) for a further two series. With the third series set to broadcast during autumn, this makes the show one of Dave’s (the channel, again) longest running and most successful commissions.
The Liberty Bell Productions show, written by and performed by DAVE GORMAN, already held the accolade of being one of the highest rating shows for Dave and further increased its audience, in every respect, on the record-breaking first run. The second series reached 7.8 million individuals, with an average audience of 577K (and peaking with 651K for episode 6 (up +102% on the slot average). The series also successfully attracted the key young and upmarket audience to the channel with 43% 16-34 and 56% ABC1s. Presented using DAVE GORMAN’s unique blend of stand-up and documentary-comedy, the show gives a whole new take on the things we normally take for granted. In the last series spam emails, meaningless world records, Dickinson’s Real Deal, ‘Greatest’ Hits Albums, chewing gum ad campaigns, the rise of the machines, government e-petitions, what to do with a found camera and one suspiciously prolific celebrity journalist were all investigated, dissected and, occasionally, the subject of some well-meaning mischief. And, of course, GORMAN was still sifting through the most ridiculous, opinionated and downright maddest reader comments to be found on the most frenzy-inducing articles he could find online, as each week he took such comments and weaved them into, what he likes to call, a Found Poem.
IAIN COYLE, Commissioning Editor for Dave, said,
I’m absolutely cockahoop that we’re doing more of these. Dave continues to innovate, through his ability to see things that seem to be hiding in plain sight, and sheer unrivalled hard work. His dedication and genius shine through in these shows, that’s why folk love them.
JAMIE ISAACS, Executive Producer for Liberty Bell, said,
It’s a pleasure to work with a writer-performer who’s so on top of his game. UKTV have also done a great job nurturing and supporting the show and it’s very exciting to see it go from strength to strength.
STEVE NORTH, General Manager for Dave, added,
It’s a fantastic testament to Dave Gorman that we are continuing to build this series. The audience loves his intelligence and humorous take on modern life. Modern Life is Goodish is now part of a solid foundation of original commissions on Dave.
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.
The 8 x 60 min series are expected to go into production in 2016 and 2017.
What 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
“TV Gold” Ally Ross, The Sun
“Dave Gorman is funny and brilliant in equal measure.” David Chater, The Times
“consistently brilliant” 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.