Josh Widdicombe


James Acaster


Hat Trick for UKTV, shown on Dave, 13 February 2019 to 6 July 2022 (32 episodes in 4 series)


Comedians, all familiar faces to the Dave audience, are invited in by Josh Widdicombe. Co-host James Acaster puts forward an unlikely situation. The comedian's task is to engage in flights of fantasy and improvise their way into a sensible answer.

In the first half of the show, two of the panel fly solo with answers to the idea. The other two do battle against each other. There's a pairs round, where the couples confer on their answer, and James Acaster lives out the hypothetical in real life. The final round features a guest celebrity, who has been asked about certain scenarios, and given an answer: the panel's task is to match them.

James and Josh.

How is this a game? James awards points on a completely arbitrary basis, based on his feelings about the answer, and a winning team is declared.

Hypothetical divided opinion: for every viewer who loved it, there was another who found it dull.


"CLIFF!" - shouted by James Acaster when addressing a stagehand of the same name.

Key moments

Bez randomly taking out his dentures in the middle of a "Wall of Celebrities" round. Put it away mate.

Mr. Blobby used his Wall of Celebrities round to *shock horror* actually give an intelligible answer. Jeremy Paxman would be proud.


Josh Widdicombe, Tom Craine, and Matthew Crosby; Craine and Crosby are also credited as "Writers", Widdicombe as "Executive Producer".


Derek Acorah made his final on-screen appearances on the show before his death in January 2020.

Title music

Sanjiv Sen, credited for "Music".

Web links

UKTV Play programme page

Wikipedia entry

British Comedy Guide entry

See also

Weaver's Week review


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