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Backchat with Jack Whitehall and His Dad

Wed Nov 20, 10-10.30pm, BBC3

Jack Whitehall’s star continues to rise and, rather endearlingly, he’s inviting his dad along for the ride. Having written a book and done stand-up together, Michael (a theatrical agent) and his son have bagged their own chat show. If the guestlist for tonight’s opener is anything to go by, it should be both eclectic and hilarious. Imagine, for example, Jeremy Paxman’s face when he was told he would be sharing airtime with Sir Daniel of Dyer?

But a word of warning. It’s not the first time a comedian has had their parent on the show. Maybe it’s kinder to use Adam and Joe’s Bad Dad as the barometer, rather than the presenter’s mum on ‘The Matt Lucas Awards’. Preceded by a live Whitehall gig at 9pm, ‘Backchat’ may yet shed the curse of the BBC comedian-led talk-show that has beleaguered everyone from Sarah Millican to Rob Brydon.