Carpool (TV series)

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Genre Chat show
Created by Robert Llewellyn
Directed by Dom Bowles
Presented by Robert Llewellyn
Composer(s) Nick Croft
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s) Robert Llewellyn
Cathy Rogers
Producer(s) Tom Reynolds
Editor(s) Phillip Marriott
Jamie Morton
Running time 24 mins approx
Production company(s) RDF Media
Toyota Prius
Distributor UK Gold Services Limited
Robert Llewellyn
Original network Dave
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
(Shot in 1080i)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 4 November 2010 (2010-11-04) – 2 February 2011 (2011-02-02)
Related shows Carpool

Carpool is a British television spin-off of the web series of the same name. It is presented by English actor and comedian Robert Llewellyn. In each episode he interviews a guest while giving them a ride in his Toyota Prius. The guests are mainly comedians/comedic actors that are well known in the UK. However, Llewellyn has also interviewed musical comedian Tim Minchin and magician Paul Daniels.

The show is filmed using high-definition cameras mounted within and outside the car. Llewellyn drives his guest to a destination of their choosing as they talk informally about various 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.

The show, based on the web format, is developed by RDF Contact, and fully funded by Toyota, who also sponsor the show. Carpool was first broadcast on Dave on 4 November 2010.[1] Carpool has been shortlisted for best content partnership in Broadcast Awards.[2] In an August, 2011 update of the web series, Llewellyn announced that the show would stay as a web-exclusive and that no more made-for-television episodes would be made.[3]


Episode Guests Original Air Date Total Viewing Figures (Inc. +1)[4]
1 Rufus Hound and Jason Manford[5] 4 November 2010 Less than 275,000
2 Arthur Smith and Chris Addison[5] 11 November 2010 Less than 302,000
3 Rob Brydon and Jeremy Hardy[5] 18 November 2010 Less than 295,000
4 Ross Noble and Stephen K Amos[5] 25 November 2010 Less than 311,000
5 Craig Charles and Paul Daniels[5] 2 December 2010 Less than 321,000
6 Jo Brand and Jason Byrne[6] 5 January 2011 Less than 292,000
7 David Baddiel and Tim Minchin[6] 12 January 2011 Less than 249,000
8 Phill Jupitus and Toby Williams[6] 19 January 2011 Less than 259,000
9 Tim Vine and Doon Mackichan[6] 26 January 2011 Less than 291,000
10 Jim Jeffries and Richard Herring[6] 2 February 2011 TBC


News of the TV version of Carpool first came about at London Film and Comic Con in July 2009. Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn's Red Dwarf co-star, mentioned that RDF Contact (who produced Llewellyn's Scrapheap Challenge) had been commissioned by UKTV to produce Carpool for broadcast and that Llewellyn is currently shooting a number of episodes in high-definition.

On 30 June 2010 it was announced that the new shows would appear on the UKTV channel, Dave, as well as extended versions of the broadcast episodes appearing online on Llewellyn's YouTube page and on iTunes after broadcast, and that the format of the show will remain unchanged.[7]

It is usually broadcast as an Easter Egg, hidden at the end of the last broadcast of the evening on Dave (at around 0240 hrs) and not mentioned in TV listings.


  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 2014-01-13. 
  4. ^ "Top 10 Programmes - BARB". 30 December 2012. Archived from the original on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Carpool Line Up". Toyota. 4 November 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Dave official show site". 
  7. ^ Robinson, James (30 June 2010). "Dave commissions series based on Robert Llewellyn's web chatshow". The Guardian. London. 

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