Series 1 - Episode 1



Like every comedy panel show on TV, the premise is incidental – it’s just a chance for the comedians to show off their wit and improvisational skills. However, the idea in Hypothetical is that the teams have to explain how they’d deal with a totally absurd situation.

Consequently, Rob Beckett must work out how he’d get a lift from royalty (not Prince Philip, by the way) and Tom Allen must describe what he’d do on a dream date if he had no money at all. Points are awarded in an illogical QI sort of way by hosts James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe, neither of whom seem comfortable reading an autocue.


Comedy game show hosted by Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster, in which leading comedians are posed increasingly absurd hypothetical situations and scored on how well they would deal with them. The first episode features Tom Allen, Rob Beckett, Jessica Knappett and Liza Tarbuck.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Josh Widdicombe
Presenter James Acaster
Contestant Tom Allen
Contestant Rob Beckett
Contestant Jessica Knappett
Contestant Liza Tarbuck
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