The Revolution Will Be Televised

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The Revolution Will Be Televised
GenreComedy, satire
Created by
  • Heydon Prowse
  • Jolyon Rubinstein
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes19
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Hat Trick Productions
Original networkBBC Three
Original release22 August 2012 (2012-08-22) –
18 February 2015
Followed byBrexageddon?! (2016 TV film)
Related showsRevolting (2017 TV series)

The Revolution Will Be Televised is a British television satire show, 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]

Programme content[edit]

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[edit]

  • Inside the Story: Rubinstein dresses as "fearless hetero journalist" Dale Maily and goes out to events (for example, an EDL march, or a protest against the badger cull) to deliver what he claims "fair, impartial news", by interviewing people at the event. It is in fact not impartial as he often tries to be controversial when speaking to people, voicing his highly conservative, borderline racist and generally far right opinions to them. Dale Maily is a parody of Daily Mail.
  • James and Barnaby: James Twottington-Burbage (Rubinstein) and Barnaby Plankton (Prowse) are Conservative and Lib Dem MPs respectively who try to convince people on the street to agree with views of theirs that are generally unpopular or controversial with the public, or with a particular division of the public, often with a stuck up and elitist attitude which is a stereotype of the Conservative Party or Coalition. Examples include trying to convince people on the streets of London that MPs deserve a pay rise, and hoping to get Scottish football fans to vote against independence. James often dominates the conversation which represents the popular stereotype that the power of the Conservatives overrules the Liberal Democrats in the Coalition.
  • BBCOMGWTF: Rubinstein is Zam Zmith, a showbiz news reporter who interviews celebrities at film premières and festivals with typical questions that such a reporter would ask with informal, teenage-style mannerisms, then abruptly changing the topic to something on current affairs (e.g. "Do you think we should intervene in Syria?"), causing the celebrities to look baffled.
  • Ewan Jeffries: Labour MP (Rubinstein) is someone who will "stand tall, stand proud and tell you anything you need to hear in order to get your vote".[5] He constantly tries to relate with the people he speaks to in order to try and look like he has a lot in common. If someone disagrees with a point he is making he will often make a U-turn and agree with them instead.
  • "Honest" subtitles: This is a clip of a real speech from a politician at a party conference or an interview on a current affairs programme such as Newsnight. Instead of providing a real transcription of the politician's words, the subtitles display what could be considered the real public perception on what they actually mean, hence "honest".

Episode list[edit]

Series 1[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Episode Date of broadcast Rating
Democracy Dealers 18 February 2015


  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.

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