Marcus Brigstocke takes on the gadgets | New show for Dave with Alexis Conran

Marcus Brigstocke takes on the gadgets

New show for Dave with Alexis Conran

Committed Luddite Marcus Brigstocke is setting out to prove that old-fashioned know-how can beat the latest gadgets in a new entertainment show for the Dave TV channel.

In Joy of Techs the comedian will be pitched against technophile Alexis Conran – The Real Hustle conman and reigning Celebrity Masterchef champion – in a number of scenarios.

The pair are friends in real life and will try to persuade each other that their approach is the right one. 

Brigstocke said: ‘Even if we needed half the so-called "life-hack" crap they produce, most of it is so complicated it rarely works. You're left with some gormless consumption slave holding a widget aloft trying to find a signal. Nonsense! 

‘I'll tell you a good bit of tech - the zip. That works. The match. Brilliant. 

‘Now poor Alex is obsessed with this stuff and in the Joy of Techs I will take great pleasure in demonstrating to him that it's a waste of time and money. It's going to be fun. I will be setting the timer on my VHS recorder for this series... If I can find the remote control thing.’

Conran added: ‘Technology is the way forward, and if anything has a button on it, I’m in! I’m not worried about our friendship suffering on this show, as we can both be stubborn and argumentative, but I do worry about killing ourselves trying to prove our point!’

Ten half-hour episodes have been commissioned from Blink Films and will air next year.

Iain Coyle, UKTV’s senior commissioning editor, said: ‘Alexis and Marcus have a real friendship - warm, funny and encompassing a competitiveness bordering on the unhealthy. 

‘It’s a brilliantly simple format that pushes all those buttons, and you get to see solar powered cars and flying bikes too.’

Dan Chambers, executive producer for Blink Films added: ‘Marcus and Alexis come with a ready-made chemistry and a competitive streak that is hugely entertaining to watch. 

‘Whether they’re turning a daily commute into an episode of Wacky Races, destroying each other’s tents on a camping weekend or competing to win the heart of a robot girlfriend, the real joy is going to be in watching their friendship being pushed to its limits every week – along with the tech they’ll be testing.’

Published: 5 Sep 2016

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