Dave Gorman's Important Astrology Experiment

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Dave Gorman's Important Astrology Experiment
Written byDave Gorman; Danny Wallace
Directed by Gareth Carrivick
Presented by Dave Gorman
Judges Denise Robertson, Hilary Jones, Alvin Hall
Theme music composer Banks & Wag
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producer Myfanwy Moore
ProducerDave Gorman; Danny Wallace
EditorNick Watts
Running time30 mins
Release
Original network BBC Two
Original releaseSeptember 1 (2002-09-01) 
October 6, 2002 (2002-10-06)

Dave Gorman's Important Astrology Experiment is a BBC television comedy series presented by Dave Gorman which was broadcast in 2002. The studio-based show was interspersed with footage of Gorman literally taking the advice of horoscopes for 40 days and nights to see if following astrology enhances love, health and wealth, and, ultimately, happiness.

Contents

To see if his life was better for following astrology, Gorman's twin brother Nick was used as a control experiment. A panel of experts commented on the success, or otherwise, of the progress of the experiment: agony aunt Denise Robertson, TV doctor Hilary Jones, and financial advisor Alvin Hall. The studio audience voted upon whether Dave's life was turning out better as a consequence of the experiment in comparison to Nick's, with results represented as a graph. [1]

The series was cited in an scholarly journal as an example of "television that combines humour with serious topics [which] has been increasingly evident since the 1990s" alongside The Mark Thomas Comedy Product and The Mark Steel Lectures . [2] The show was written by Gorman and Danny Wallace, and followed from their acclaimed The Dave Gorman Collection .

Episode list

No.Original air date
11 September 2002 (2002-09-01) [3]
Dave introduces the concept, his twin brother Nick, and the panellists. Following a compilation of people who share his name from The Dave Gorman Collection he makes friends with Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew and gravels a school courtyard.
28 September 2002 (2002-09-08) [4]
A character named Dave Gorman in Neighbours leads Dave Gorman to line dance with a schoolboy in Barrow in Furness, followed by jumping one-legged into a bucket of water at Covent Garden.
315 September 2002 (2002-09-15) [5]
Featuring Changing Rooms star Linda Barker.
422 September 2002 (2002-09-22) [6]
Dave travels tens of thousands of miles because his horoscopes tell him to.
529 September 2002 (2002-09-29) [7]
Features encounters with Uri Geller, TV executive Alan Yentob, Vanessa Feltz, and sneaking a greyhound onto the set of Emmerdale .
66 October 2002 (2002-10-06) [8]
Dave dresses up as Chris Eubank and visits a golf course in Dubai.

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References

  1. "DAVE GORMAN'S IMPORTANT ASTROLOGY EXPERIMENT". BBC - Press Office. 2 August 2002. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  2. Speed, Lesley (2020). "Comic investigation and genre-mixing: the television docucomedies of Lawrence Leung, Judith Lucy and Luke McGregor". Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies. 34 (5). doi:10.1080/10304312.2020.1782838.
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