“Unspun has quickly established itself as the official opposition to mainstream political debate with its smart mix of comedy, satire and debate – not only attracting big laughs but some of the biggest names in British politics onto the show” Tim Glanfield, Radio Times
I was the producer of four series of Unspun with Matt Forde.
It was a studio political comedy series, hosted by Matt with guest politicians and comedians. Notably, it had a house band: MP4, made up of cross-party MPs past and present.
The show was driven by Matt’s love of politics, and as such it took a less stereotypically savage approach to the satire than you might expect.
My role was producing from the writer’s room, adding content, pulling together scripts and getting it all ready on a tight turnaround.
And bloody hell, it was a tight turnaround. During the 2017 election we broadcast several shows a week.
The fourth series was recorded and broadcast the same day, my biggest personal challenge being the edit; 30 minutes to start and finish editing down an interview with a politician so that everyone would be happy. That was intense.
Political guests included Tony Blair, Vince Cable, Yvette Cooper, Anthony Scaramucci.
Contributing comics included Andy Zaltzman, Aparna Nancherla, Phil Wang, Andrew Maxwell, Baratunde Thurston and loads of others.