Radio 4 panel game The Unbelievable Truth has been made into a TV show – in Australia.
Satirical team The Chaser, best known for their outrageous stunts, have adapted the show, which was created in 2006 by Graeme Garden and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue producer Jon Naismtih.
In each episode, guests must give a short talk on a given topic which is entirely untrue – except for five truths they try to smuggle past the other panelists.
One difference in the TV version is that there are regular team captains – Julian Morrow and Andrew Hansen – while the only regular in all 57 episodes of the Radio 4 version has been host David Mitchell. Down Under, his role is taken by Craig Reucassel.
The TV transfer came about after Hansen met Garden while he was on an ‘audience with The Goodies’ tour of Australia a couple of years ago, and casually made the suggestion.
Morrow says Garden’s involvement as a co-producer was key, given how popular The Goodies were in Australia at their peak. He told The West Australian: ‘It certainly made it easy to get guests on the show. I would ring people up and say “There are two ways to ask this question. One would be to say, would you like to come on our new comedy panel game show on Channel 7? The other is, would you like to meet Graeme Garden?” And they were like “yes”.’
Here are some trailers: