Tom Allen to host The Island panel show for Dave | Celebs design their ideal tropical getaway

Tom Allen to host The Island panel show for Dave

Celebs design their ideal tropical getaway

Tom Allen is to front a new Dave panel show in which comedians will devise their dream desert island.

In The Island, Allen will be joined by fellow comedians Kemah Bob and Jason Forbes to bring reports from the islands the guests are describing to ensure there are no unforeseen circumstances.

For example, say producers Super Best Quality Video Productions, ‘You may think you want your island’s only drink to be Fanta Limon, but what happens when it attracts that swarm of angry bees?’

The format for the shows, which will run for eight hour-long episodes later this year, was devised by comics James Acaster, Ed Gamble, Lloyd Langford and John Robins, who are also executive producers.

Allen said: ‘At a time when so many of us have fantasised about living on an island far away from the people around us, I couldn’t be more excited to be hosting this fun, original show while putting comics through their paces to demonstrate that utopia is a very difficult thing to achieve.

‘I’m also delighted to be working alongside the hilarious comic talents of Kemah Bob and Jason Forbes, who I’ve wanted to work with for years - it’s going to be a lot of fun!’

Iain Coyle, UKTV’s  head of comedy entertainment said, "It’s a unique concept, driven by some of the sharpest comedic minds in the country. I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve managed to secure this show for Dave."

And Joe McVey from Super Best Quality Video Productions, said ‘I think Robinson Crusoe gave getting stranded on a desert island a pretty bad rep. It turns out he was just a massive drama queen and actually loads of really funny stuff happens.’

The Island is one of a swathe of comedy programmes announced by Dave today, also including Richard Ayoade’s Question Team; David Mitchell’s survival show OutsidersBritish As Folk with Fern Brady, Darren Harriott and Ivo Graham and a third series of Meet The Richardsons.

Published: 5 May 2021

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