The Revolution Will Be Televised
GenreComedy, satire
Created by
Starring
  • Heydon Prowse
  • Jolyon Rubinstein
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes19
Production
Running time30 minutes
Production companyHat Trick Productions
Release
Original networkBBC Three
Original release22 August 2012 (2012-08-22) –
18 February 2015 (2015-02-18)
Chronology
Followed byBrexageddon?! (2016 TV film)
Related showsRevolting

The Revolution Will Be Televised is a British television satire show starring Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein, which was first screened on BBC Three in August 2012.[1][2] Writing for The Guardian, Sam Wollaston said it's "Sacha Baron Cohen with a bit more substance then, or Mark Steel with a few more laughs".[3] At the 2013 British Academy Television Awards, the show won the BAFTA for the Best Comedy Programme.[4]

Prowse and Rubinstein followed up The Revolution Will Be Televised with the TV film Brexageddon?! in 2016, then the prank/sketch show Revolting in 2017.

Programme content

The programme is a montage of satirical pranks and sketches carried out by Prowse and Rubinstein to "fight back" against "a world full of hypocrisy, corruption and greed." Sometimes assuming fictional characters, most of the show's content consists of the two presenters making a mockery of the wrongdoings of politicians, bankers, and that in other current affairs, in an attempt to try to emphasise its immorality. The public involved usually has no idea that what is being carried out is satire, and are usually fooled by the antics of Rubinstein and Prowse, which leads to some interesting reactions.

Notable regular sketches

Episode list

Series 1

Episode Date of broadcast Rating
Episode 1 22 August 2012 522,700 (2.7%)[6]
Episode 2 29 August 2012
Episode 3 5 September 2012
Episode 4 12 September 2012
Episode 5 19 September 2012
Episode 6 26 September 2012

Series 2

The second series of the show was first broadcast on BBC Three on 10 November 2013.[7] Co-creator Jolyon Rubinstein confirmed via Twitter that the second series would start on 10 November 2013.[8] Sam Wollaston of The Guardian said that "It's outrageous and audacious to the point that it's sometimes painful to watch. Hilarious, though".[9]

Episode Date of broadcast Rating
Episode 1 10 November 2013
Episode 2 17 November 2013
Episode 3 24 November 2013
Episode 4 1 December 2013
Episode 5 8 December 2013
Episode 6 15 December 2013

Series 3

It was announced in September 2014 that the show would return for a third series including items filmed in the United States.[10]

Episode Date of broadcast Rating
Episode 1 7 October 2014
Episode 2 14 October 2014
Episode 3 21 October 2014
Episode 4 28 October 2014
Episode 5 4 November 2014
Episode 6 11 November 2014
Highlights Special 18 November 2014

The Revolution Presents: Democracy Dealers

Episode Date of broadcast Rating
Democracy Dealers 18 February 2015

References

  1. ^ "The Revolution Will Be Televised". BBC. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Interview Cheryl Cole 'stormed out of' to be aired, confirms BBC". Metro. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  3. ^ Wollaston, Sam (22 August 2012). "TV review: The Revolution Will Be Televised". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Bafta TV awards 2013: List of winners". BBC News. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  5. ^ "BBC Three - The Revolution Will Be Televised - Ewan Jeffries". BBC. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Week 20th – 26th August 2012". Screenwatch. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  7. ^ "BBC Three confirms The Revolution Will Be Televised 2". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Jolyon Rubinstein Twitter". Jolyon Rubinstein. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  9. ^ Wollaston, Sam. "The Revolution Will Be Televised; Downton Abbey – TV review". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  10. ^ "The Revolution Will Be Televised returns to BBC Three for new series". BBC. Retrieved 23 September 2014.