Dave Gorman: Modern Life is Goodish

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Dave Gorman: Modern Life is Goodish
Written byDave Gorman
Directed byPaul Wheeler
Presented byDave Gorman
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series5 (+1 highlights series)
No. of episodes36 (+3 highlights episodes)
Executive producer(s)Jamie Isaacs
Iain Coyle (Series 2–3)
Producer(s)Nick Martin
James Fidler
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Liberty Bell
Original networkDave
Original release17 September 2013 (2013-09-17) – 19 December 2017 (2017-12-19)
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Dave Gorman: Modern Life is Goodish is a British comedy television show that ran for five series between 2013 and 2017. It was broadcast on Dave and presented by Dave Gorman. The series mainly consisted of Gorman presenting comedic PowerPoint presentations in which he attempts to argue that modern life is neither bad or good, but "good...ish". The series began on 17 September 2013. A fifth series began airing on 31 October 2017.[1] Gorman announced on 18 December 2017 that the show would conclude after the final episode of series 5 aired the following night.[2]

The show's title is a clear reference to the Britpop album Modern Life is Rubbish by Blur.[3]


Each episode sees Gorman present a stand-up show using PowerPoint, on a particular theme about modern life. Examples include celebrity culture and social media. Each episode features a recurring section called the "Found Poem", in which Gorman reads out a selection of bizarre comments left on news websites, all covering a particular story. Gorman performs the Found Poem with a lone spotlight shining on him, while accompanied by the Billroth String Quartet (Billroth Ensemble from Series 4) playing 'Sarabande' from George Frideric Handel's Keyboard suite in D minor (HWV 437). The title of each episode comes from a line out of the Found Poem.

The programmes were recorded at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill.

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Original broadcast
Series premiere Series finale
Series 1 6 17 September 2013 22 October 2013
Series 2 8 9 September 2014 28 October 2014
Series 3 8 8 September 2015 27 October 2015
Goodish Hits 3 11 May 2016 25 May 2016
Series 4 6 8 November 2016 13 December 2016
Series 5 8 31 October 2017 19 December 2017


Series 1 (2013)[edit]

Title Director Writers Original air date
11"Not A Very Nice Biscuit"Paul WheelerDave Gorman17 September 2013 (2013-09-17)
The bearded wonder takes a sideways look at the messages we receive every day.
22"Badgers Don't Vote"Paul WheelerDave Gorman24 September 2013 (2013-09-24)
The laptop-loving comic Dave Gorman examines celebrity culture and star lookalikes.
33"I Is Da Queen"Paul WheelerDave Gorman1 October 2013 (2013-10-01)
Money is the root of all comedy as Dave considers our love of cash.
44"A Prince, Not An Estate Agent"Paul WheelerDave Gorman8 October 2013 (2013-10-08)
Dave casts a wry eye over the role of family in modern life.
55"I Like Eggs"Paul WheelerDave Gorman15 October 2013 (2013-10-15)
Here Dave looks at the footprint we leave behind when surfing the web.
66"Will It Make Toasters Cheaper?"Paul WheelerDave Gorman22 October 2013 (2013-10-22)
Mr Gorman brings the curtain down on his mischievous series of stage shows by looking at the role faith plays in modern life.

Series 2 (2014)[edit]

Title Director Writers Original air date
71"I Call Mine Sally"Paul WheelerDave Gorman9 September 2014 (2014-09-09)
Dave Gorman shreds some naughty magazines and helps a gerbil fulfill its destiny!
82"Winston Churchill's Pants"Paul WheelerDave Gorman16 September 2014 (2014-09-16)
Dave Gorman answers life's burning questions, such as: what is Richard Branson capable of? And should David Dickinson be stopped?
93"Just Chips That Haven't Been Made Yet"Paul WheelerDave Gorman23 September 2014 (2014-09-23)
Modern life gets a ribbing as Mr Gorman considers celebrity endorsements and reveals the Queen's 'thoughts' on insoles!
104"Poogle"Paul WheelerDave Gorman30 September 2014 (2014-09-30)
The award-winning comic opines on life's little oddities, including micro-chipped cats, over-familiarity in coffee shops, self-driving cars, QR codes and cybersquatting.
115"I Would Drink That Bath Water"Paul WheelerDave Gorman7 October 2014 (2014-10-07)
Dave devilishly dissects modern life as he judges the worth of online petitions and reveals how he beat Alex Reid - not at cage fighting, obviously.
126"Dat is Data Dat Is"Paul WheelerDave Gorman14 October 2014 (2014-10-14)
Dave considers the appeal of dogging and pokes fun at Lord Sugar's tweets.
137"I Like Hot Bananas"Paul WheelerDave Gorman21 October 2014 (2014-10-21)
Dave puts 'Greatest Hits' albums, world records and superlative abuse under the spotlight. Warning: contains nude yo-yoing.
148"The Dirt Collects There"Paul WheelerDave Gorman28 October 2014 (2014-10-28)
Impish original comedy from Dave Gorman, who muses out loud on life's little foibles - including light bulbs, gravy boats, dot-to-dot books and LEGO.

Series 3 (2015)[edit]

Title Director Writers Original air date
151"Why Are There Still Chickens?"Paul WheelerDave Gorman8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
Dave Gorman flips his lid and his laptop open to ponder modern life. Dave conducts a live experiment with over a thousand eggs!
162"The Veneer of Civilisation"Paul WheelerDave Gorman15 September 2015 (2015-09-15)
Modern life has a lot to answer for as Mr Gorman gives it a grilling. Dave laments the death of the queue and considers ATM etiquette.
173"Ova Is Latin For Eggs"Paul WheelerDave Gorman22 September 2015 (2015-09-22)
The laptop-loving king of irreverence is once again tackling life's burning issues, from the shyness of elks to the evolution of the Honey Monster.
184"To-Raa Taloo Rye-Eh"Paul WheelerDave Gorman29 September 2015 (2015-09-29)
This week an annoying printer gets the sledge-hammer treatment, Christine Hamilton receives an unexpected gift, and some bees get to travel first class. Sort of...
195"Negative Nancy"Paul WheelerDave Gorman6 October 2015 (2015-10-06)
This week, insults and Katy Perry's American flag dresses are considered for their offensiveness, and Dave, masquerading as his own wife, sets about finding a man on Tinder.
206"Stuck on Level 342"Paul WheelerDave Gorman13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
This week computer games adverts, boardgames, crossword and Sudoku books all come under the spotlight. Meanwhile Dave's jigsaw habit is revealed, and Alan Sugar makes a rather puzzling appearance.
217"That's What We Grow In"Paul WheelerDave Gorman20 October 2015 (2015-10-20)
In this penultimate episode, Dave suggests radically overhauling the calendar, and reveals what you learn when you buy Twitter followers.
228"A German Tradition"Paul WheelerDave Gorman27 October 2015 (2015-10-27)
Modern Life Is Goodish concludes tonight with a look at the current obsession with customer feedback and market research. Just how reliable is this data? Dave tries to find out with the help of fans of Ant and Dec and people who like a very specific type of soup.

Goodish Hits (2016)[edit]

Title Director Writers Original air date
-1"Series 1 Highlights"Paul WheelerDave Gorman11 May 2016 (2016-05-11)
-2"Series 2 Highlights"Paul WheelerDave Gorman18 May 2016 (2016-05-18)
-3"Series 3 Highlights"Paul WheelerDave Gorman25 May 2016 (2016-05-25)

Series 4 (2016)[edit]

Series 4 of Modern Life Is Goodish was confirmed on 7 August 2015. The series contained only 6 episodes because Gorman took a break to look after his expected baby.[citation needed] The show began airing on Dave on 8 November 2016.

Title Director Writers Original air date
231"It Was An Accident And I Was Hospitalised"Paul WheelerDave Gorman8 November 2016 (2016-11-08)
Dave addresses so-called guilty pleasures and how some fans of things can take all of the fun out of liking something.
242"If You Put a Sausage In It, It's Not a Viennetta"Paul WheelerDave Gorman15 November 2016 (2016-11-15)
Dave explores the perils of stock photography modelling and recruits his favourite celeb for an experiment.
253"That's What Debt Actually Is, Actually"Paul WheelerDave Gorman22 November 2016 (2016-11-22)
Dave discusses a convoluted method for getting rid of an unwanted gift, reimagines a classic game show and how the diamond industry is brought to its knees.
264"Vicars, Horses, Doctors and Smurfs"Paul WheelerDave Gorman29 November 2016 (2016-11-29)
In this episode flirty hotel soap (apparently that's a thing), kinky cages and overly familiar foods, are all in the firing line.
275"Nobody Wants Vom On Their Cheerios"Paul WheelerDave Gorman6 December 2016 (2016-12-06)
Dave Gorman carries on assessing the goodishness of modern life, turning his attention to the various codes that we all know but don't know we know. And with the help of a roomful of photographs of Alan Sugar, he devises an experiment to discover whether people's behaviour is the same in the real world as it is online.
286"Spray Gravy"Paul WheelerDave Gorman13 December 2016 (2016-12-13)
Dave turns his attention to baby naming books and what claims to be a complete food replacement system. And he has high hopes for his latest invention: a way of minimising the time it takes to listen to your favourite songs.

Series 5 (2017)[edit]

Series 5 of Modern Life Is Goodish was also confirmed on 7 August 2015;[citation needed] the series contained 8 episodes. It was confirmed on 18 December 2017, by Gorman, that there would be no sixth series.

Title Director Writers Original air date
291"Like Top Gun All Over Again"Paul WheelerDave Gorman31 October 2017 (2017-10-31)
In the first episode, Dave explores whether a knock-off can ever be as good as the real thing. For Dave, this involves examining DVDs, baking and his favourite band, Bucks Fizz. Assisted by Toby Hadoke.
302"I've Never Seen A Cat"Paul WheelerDave Gorman7 November 2017 (2017-11-07)
This week, Dave Gorman fires up his laptop and big screen and Dave takes to fatherhood with his usual mischievous spirit: playing tricks with singing toys, interrogating children's TV characters, and messing with modern Monopoly.
313"A Helicopter Is Quicker Than a Car"Paul WheelerDave Gorman14 November 2017 (2017-11-14)
Dave Gorman scrutinises the modern world. Looking at nature's warning signs, he enlists celebrities, insect repellent and Doctor Google.
324"You Use a Spoon for Licking Custard"Paul WheelerDave Gorman21 November 2017 (2017-11-21)
Dave Gorman asks what does the term 'generation' really mean? Why does his Mum use emojis? Are 'Life Hacks' really any help at all? All these questions and more, will be answered. Sort of.
335"It Does Not Bong"Paul WheelerDave Gorman28 November 2017 (2017-11-28)
Gorman buys a taxi and uses it to make a profit from strip clubs' commissions. He discusses self-checkouts and other automated transactions, and uses a mannequin as a fake living statue.
346"Drippy Strummer"Paul WheelerDave Gorman5 December 2017 (2017-12-05)
Frank Skinner stars in this episode in which Dave Gorman explores just how gullible people really are, with a focus on movie franchise marketing, soundtracks and whether celebrities really can sell anything.
357"A Physically Large Head"Paul WheelerDave Gorman12 December 2017 (2017-12-12)
Dave ponders society's image obsession and investigates how far people will go for fame.
368"My Childhood is Ruined"Paul WheelerDave Gorman19 December 2017 (2017-12-19)
Dave peeks behind the curtain to reveal secrets of how TV is made. He also examines the nature of happiness with the help of Kate Middleton's clothes and Thomas the Tank Engine.


Ratings sourced from BARB.[4]

Series 1[edit]

Episode Title Airdate Viewers
Not A Very Nice Biscuit 17 September 2013 518,000
Badgers Don't Vote 24 September 2013 457,000
I Is Da Queen 1 October 2013 441,000
A Prince, Not An Estate Agent 8 October 2013 512,000[nb 1]
I Like Eggs 15 October 2013 643,000[nb 2]
Will It Make Toasters Cheaper? 22 October 2013 513,000

Series 2[edit]

Episode Title Airdate Viewers
I Call Mine Sally 9 September 2014 612,000
Winston Churchill's Pants 16 September 2014 550,000[nb 3]
Just Chips That Haven't Been Made Yet 23 September 2014 495,000[nb 4]
Poogle 30 September 2014 533,000[nb 5]
I Would Drink That Bath Water 7 October 2014 588,000
Dat is Data Dat Is 14 October 2014 650,000[nb 6]
I Like Hot Bananas 21 October 2014 523,000
The Dirt Collects There 28 October 2014 573,000

Series 3[edit]

Episode Title Airdate Viewers
Why Are There Still Chickens? 8 September 2015 638,000[nb 7]
The Veneer of Civilisation 15 September 2015 685,000[nb 8]
Ova Is Latin For Eggs 22 September 2015 611,000
To-Raa Taloo Rye-Eh 29 September 2015 592,000
Negative Nancy 6 October 2015 525,000
Stuck on Level 342 13 October 2015 668,000
That's What We Grow In 20 October 2015 706,000[nb 9]
A German Tradition 27 October 2015 696,000

Series 4[edit]

Episode Title Airdate 7-day viewers 28 day viewers
It Was An Accident And I Was Hospitalised 8 November 2016 608,000 671,000
If You Put a Sausage In It, It's Not a Viennetta 15 November 2016 637,000 643,000
That's What Debt Actually Is, Actually 22 November 2016 755,000 797,000
Vicars, Horses, Doctors and Smurfs 29 November 2016 631,000 690,000
Nobody Wants Vom On Their Cheerios 6 December 2016 698,000 733,000
Spray Gravy 13 December 2016 515,000 539,000

Series 5[edit]

Episode Title Airdate 7-day viewers 28 day viewers
Like Top Gun All Over Again 31 October 2017 515,000 573,000
I've Never Seen A Cat 7 November 2017 517,000 549,000
A Helicopter Is Quicker Than a Car 14 November 2017 574,000 583,000
You Use a Spoon for Licking Custard 21 November 2017 601,000 620,000
It Does Not Bong 28 November 2017 539,000 582,000
Drippy Strummer 5 December 2017 502,000
A Physically Large Head 12 December 2017 445,000
My Childhood is Ruined 19 December 2017 457,000


  1. ^ "Dave commissions two more series from Dave Gorman". British Comedy Guide. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  2. ^ Gorman, Dave (2017-12-18). "Dave Gorman: Goodish Bye". Dave Gorman. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  3. ^ "Modern Life Is Goodish (Series) - TV Tropes". tvtropes.org. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  4. ^ http://www.barb.co.uk/viewing-data/weekly-top-10?
  1. ^ 453,000 on Dave and 59,000 on Dave Ja Vu
  2. ^ 582,000 on Dave and 61,000 on Dave Ja Vu
  3. ^ 504,000 on Dave and 46,000 on Dave Ja Vu
  4. ^ 455,000 on Dave and 40,000 on Dave Ja Vu
  5. ^ 478,000 on Dave and 55,000 on Dave Ja Vu
  6. ^ 592,000 on Dave and 58,000 on Dave Ja Vu
  7. ^ 565,000 on Dave and 73,000 on Dave Ja Vu
  8. ^ 611,000 on Dave and 74,000 on Dave Ja Vu
  9. ^ 621,000 on Dave and 85,000 on Dave Ja Vu

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