Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled – Series 4

Alan Davies

This new series of the comedy talk show, which is airing for 10 nights in a row at 10pm on Dave, begins with a rather poignant line-up, as QI’s resident panellist Alan Davies chatted with both the old and the new hosts of the intellectual panel game.

Stephen Fry and Sandi Toksvig were among the guests in the opening episode, which also featured stand-ups Sara Pascoe (W1A) and American Alex Edelman (2014 Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe). The format as not changed much – everyone talking in the hope that Davies will be able to find a title for tonight’s episode. The only change is that this time, Davies has been given a pen so that he can make notes throughout.

There were plenty of anecdotes to keep us entertained: Fry talked about Prince Charles only joke and what Princess Diana secretly liked to watch on TV; Edelman chatted about how he nearly punched Barack Obama; Toksvig recalled her troublesome schooldays, having been expelled from three different schools in New York; and Pascoe confessed about her failed attempt to woo a gay teacher.

The best thing about As Yet Untitled is the relaxed atmosphere. It is not a show about who has the best story to tell. It is a show that is about conversation. No-one has anything to plug, nothing to promote, they just want to talk about unusual things that have happened in their lives. It is just a simple idea wonderfully executed, with delightful guests. Among the other guests coming up in the series they include Richard Ayoade, Harry Shearer, Alexei Sayle, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Jessica Hynes, Vic Reeves and (perhaps most surprisingly) Ainsley Harriott.

Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled airs at 22.00 every night on Dave, ending on 20th June.