Carpool (web series)

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Carpool
CarpoolUK.png
Genre Talk show
Created by Robert Llewellyn
Starring Robert Llewellyn
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 106 (Excluding five 'special' episodes, and a trailer) (as of 9 July 2014)
Production
Running time 10-30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel www.llewtube.com
iTunes
YouTube
Original airing 9 January 2009 - present (Currently on hiatus, returning in 2014)
Chronology
Related shows Carpool
External links
Website

Carpool is a web series presented by English actor and comedian Robert Llewellyn. In each episode he interviews a guest while giving them a lift in an eco-friendly car (normally a Toyota Prius hybrid electric vehicle). The guests are often well-known British television personalities such as Jonathan Ross or Ade Edmondson. However, Llewellyn also interviews less-well-known figures as long as he feels that they will prove to be an interesting subject. The guests have also included Llewellyn's fellow Red Dwarf actors, Danny John Jules, Craig Charles, Chris Barrie and Hattie Hayridge (as well as Tony Hawks, Arthur Smith and Ruby Wax who all appeared in cameo roles in Red Dwarf, while Ed Bye, the show's producer/director, was the first person interviewed for the series). Llewellyn has also reunited with his Scrapheap Challenge co-hosts, Cathy Rogers and Lisa Rogers for interviews.

The show is filmed using small cameras mounted within the car, and Llewellyn drives his guest to a destination of their choosing as they talk informally about a variety of subjects. As Llewellyn is driving for the majority of the time it can be difficult to deal with technical problems especially interference from mobile phones. Occasionally, such as during the Lisa Rogers episode, outside events such as being stopped by police interrupt the discussions.

The TV show, based on the web format, has been developed by RDF. Funded and sponsored by Toyota, Carpool was first broadcast on Dave on 4 November 2010.[1] The deal was planned by ZenithOptimedia, a leading media agency, and the deal brokered by newcast, the Branded Entertainment Division of ZenithOptimedia. Carpool has been shortlisted for best content partnership in Broadcast Awards.[2]

In an August 2011 update, Llewellyn announced that the show would stay as a web-exclusive and that no more made-for-TV episodes would be made. He also revealed the show would take a short hiatus, before a relaunch in the autumn.[3] The show briefly returned on 20 November 2011, with a 'last of 2011' episode. [4] In a 'special' released in July 2014, Llewellyn revealed he had starting shooting new episodes for release later in the year.[5]

Episodes[edit]

Episode Release Date & External Link Guest Running Time
1 9 January 2009[nb 1] Ed Bye 17:24
2 30 January 2009 Jonathan Ross (in a Tesla) 12:34
3 6 February 2009 Danny John-Jules 12:01
4 14 February 2009 Arthur Smith 14:03
5 20 February 2009 Charlotte Reather 12:40
6 28 February 2009 Nigel Planer 13:07
7 6 March 2009 Ruby Wax 20:05
8 13 March 2009 Stephen Garrett (TV production company Kudos) 13:06
9 19 March 2009 Jo Brand 18:07
10 27 March 2009 David Baddiel 17:47
11 3 April 2009 Craig Charles 19:45
12 10 April 2009 Chris Barrie 21:43
13 12 April 2009 Maria McErlane 13:45
14 17 April 2009 Dom Joly 18:04
15 24 April 2009 David Mitchell 21:17
16 1 May 2009 Lisa Rogers 22:45
17 8 May 2009 Channelflipboys 20:59
18 15 May 2009 Charlie McDonnell 17:54
19 23 May 2009 Stephen Fry 31:57
20 29 May 2009 Tony Hawks 21:47
21 5 June 2009 Jemima Kiss (journalist from The Guardian) 20:46
22 12 June 2009 Paul Lavelle (deep sea diver, Polar explorer) 19:52
23 19 June 2009 Dave Gorman 22:24
24 23 June 2009 Glastonbury Special 19:19
25 26 June 2009 Cathy Rogers 17:34
26 3 July 2009[nb 2] Jason Calacanis 18:51
27 10 July 2009 Oliver James 29:38
28 17 July 2009 Diarmuid O'Connell (Tesla) 24:02
29 24 July 2009 Brian Cox 30:32
30 31 July 2009 Doug Coleman (Toyota USA) 17:52
31 7 August 2009 Sharon Corr 28:59
32 14 August 2009 John Kingston (Honda UK) 29:00
33 21 August 2009 David Frank (RDF Media) 25:11
34 28 August 2009 Richard Noble 26:56
35 4 September 2009 Leo Laporte 27:36
36 11 September 2009 Chelsea Sexton (Who Killed the Electric Car?) 24:35
37 18 September 2009 Rich Tuckwell (topgayer car review website) 25:31
38 25 September 2009 Alice Roberts 30:42
39 2 October 2009 Dale Vince (Ecotricity founder) 28:04
40 5 October 2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV Review (with Catherine Perrin of Mitsubishi) 09:22
41 9 October 2009 Paul Jackson 27:55
42 16 October 2009 Paul Fishkin (music producer) 27:10
43 23 October 2009 Adrian Edmondson 25:56
Trail 24 October 2009 October '09 Trailer 08:52
44 30 October 2009 Martha Lane Fox 27:47
45 6 November 2009 Duncan Jones 27:09
46 13 November 2009 Dick Strawbridge 28:53
47 20 November 2009 Liz Jackson 26:50
48 27 November 2009 Paul Scott (Plug In America) 23:40
49 4 December 2009 Graham Linehan 26:59
50 11 December 2009 Baroness Greenfield 29:58
51 18 December 2009 Richard Herring (Christmas special) 27:58
52 8 January 2010 Sir Patrick Stewart 33:07
53 15 January 2010 Ben Goldacre 29:28
54 22 January 2010 Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones 28:58
55 29 January 2010 Rebecca Watson (Skepchick) 28:01
56 5 February 2010 Graham Fellows 31:02
57 12 February 2010 Rob Grant 28:26
58 19 February 2010 Chris Goodall 25:06
59 26 February 2010 Rich Fulcher 25:40
60 5 March 2010 Hattie Hayridge 26:03
61 12 March 2010 Jon Ronson 29:52
62 19 March 2010 John Lloyd 29:36
63 26 March 2010 Neil Mullarkey 29:35
64 2 April 2010 Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Part 1 29:45
65 4 April 2010 Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Part 2 16:10
66 9 April 2010 Quentin Willson 25:57
67 16 April 2010 Paul Daniels 28:00
68 23 April 2010 Mitch Benn 21:10
69 30 April 2010 Claudio von Planta 29:24
70 7 May 2010 Phill Jupitus 31:56
71 14 May 2010 Emma Kennedy 28:56
72 21 May 2010 Hans Teeuwen 27:56
73 28 May 2010 Adam Henson ('TractorPool' Special) 28:27
74 25 June 2010 Paul Drayson 28:38
SA 30 June 2010 Carpool Announcement 13:10
CT 17 July 2010 Dom Bowles (Carpool TV Series Producer) - 'A Camera Test' 07:00
DT 30 October 2010 Carpool on Dave (Dave Preview/Launch Trailer) 10:43
75 7 January 2011 Ross Noble (Extended Dave Version) 27:31
76 14 January 2011 Stephen K. Amos (Extended Dave Version) 19:39
77 21 January 2011 Jason Manford (Extended Dave Version) 25:36
78 28 January 2011 Rufus Hound (Extended Dave Version) 23:40
79 4 February 2011 Chris Addison (Extended Dave Version) 21:42
80 11 February 2011 Arthur Smith (Extended Dave Version) 28:18
81 17 February 2011 Rob Brydon (Extended Dave Version) 25:07
82 25 February 2011 Aleks Krotoski 28:04
83 1 March 2011 Tim Minchin (Extended Dave Version) 23:17
84 11 March 2011 Kevin McCloud 22:55
85 17 March 2011 Craig Charles (Extended Dave Version) 19:20
86 24 March 2011 Andy Ihnatko 21:57
87 31 March 2011 Jeremy Hardy (Extended Dave Version) 20:30
88 8 April 2011 Relly Annett-Baker (Twitrelief Special) 22:10
89 14 April 2011 Tim Vine (Extended Dave Version) 18:19
90 22 April 2011 Shappi Khorsandi 24:22
91 29 April 2011 Phill Jupitus (Extended Dave Version) 22:52
92 5 May 2011 Bob Burnquist 23:56
93 12 May 2011 Doon Mackichan (Extended Dave Version) 19:39
94 20 May 2011 Dr Sue Black 19:16
95 27 May 2011 Paul Daniels (Extended Dave Version) 23:50
96 2 June 2011 Viv Albertine 20:49
97 10 June 2011 Jim Jefferies (Extended Dave Version) 17:40
98 17 June 2011 David Baddiel (Extended Dave Version) 24:50
99 24 June 2011 Anna Arrowsmith 25:48
100 30 June 2011 Jason Byrne (Extended Dave Version) 21:43
101 7 July 2011 Jo Brand (Extended Dave Version) 18:08
102 15 July 2011 Jamie Bestwick (BMX World Champion) 19:30
103 22 July 2011 Toby Williams (Comedian also known as Dr George Ryegold) (Extended Dave Version) 19:02
104 29 July 2011 Richard Herring (Extended Dave Version) 19:39
Update 5 August 2011 Carpool Update 04:57
105 20 November 2011 Cory Doctorow 26:50
Teaser 1 March 2013 "Teaser" Update 01:28
106 9 July 2014 Mark Thomas 28:22

Future Guests[edit]

Below is a list of confirmed upcoming guests for the show:

Dave Series Guests[edit]

Main article: Carpool (TV series)
Episode Guests Original Air Date
1 Rufus Hound and Jason Manford[8] 4 November 2010
2 Arthur Smith and Chris Addison[8] 11 November 2010
3 Rob Brydon and Jeremy Hardy[8] 18 November 2010
4 Ross Noble and Stephen K Amos[8] 25 November 2010
5 Craig Charles and Paul Daniels[8] 2 December 2010
6 Jo Brand and Jason Byrne[9] 5 January 2011
7 David Baddiel and Tim Minchin[9] 12 January 2011
8 Phill Jupitus and Toby Williams[9] 19 January 2011
9 Tim Vine and Doon Mackichan[9] 26 January 2011
10 Jim Jefferies and Richard Herring[9] 2 February 2011

Technical failures[edit]

Some shows were filmed, but due to technical failures, the episodes were never released. This is a list of them, along with the technical errors that occurred.[10]

Commissioning[edit]

At London Film and Comic Con in July 2009, Danny John-Jules mentioned that RDF Productions (the production company behind Scrapheap Challenge) had commissioned Carpool for broadcast and that Llewellyn is re-shooting a number of episodes in high-definition video for broadcast.

On 30 June 2010 it was announced that the new shows will appear on the UKTV channel, Dave, as well as still appearing online after broadcast, and that the format of the show will remain unchanged.[11]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This is the release date of the original release. A second version was released on 26 January 2009 that fixes iPhone compatibility
  2. ^ On 3 July a second version of this episode was released with the title "iPhone Jason Calacanis Carpool" and description "iPhone compatible version" the only differences are the video dimensions and the Total bitrates being smaller in the former and higher in the latter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twitter announcement of Carpool debut on Dave". 24 September 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Broadcast Awards Shortlist". May 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Update | Carpool". YouTube. 2011-08-05. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/#!/bobbyllew/status/137942454698651648
  5. ^ "Mark Thomas Carpool". YouTube. 2014-07-09. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  6. ^ Full name. "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  7. ^ Full name. "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Carpool Line Up". Toyota. 4 November 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Dave official show site". 
  10. ^ a b c d "Carpool Announcement". llewtube. 30 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Robinson, James (30 June 2010). "Dave commissions series based on Robert Llewellyn's web chatshow". The Guardian (London). 

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