The Unbelievable Truth
Thursday, 9.30pm, Seven Clever, clever, clever those Chaser guys. Not only are they controversially Hampstering along on the ABC but some of them have put together this smart panel show. It’s a series with comic monologues, niftily hosted by Craig Reucassel, while Andrew Hansen and Julian Morrow regularly feature as guests among an array of comedians. As in most formatted series these days there are echoes of others, including the BBC’s Would I Lie to You, which the ABC also shows locally, but this one has just the right measure of Chaser unpredictability and comic looseness. It’s based on the long-running British BBC4 radio series of the same name, invented by former Goodies star Graeme Garden and Jon Naismith. Four funny people deliver a lecture on a subject that is mostly comically fabricated lies, except for five pieces of unlikely true information that have to be smuggled past the rest of the panel. The lecturer hopes no one will notice what they have said is the unbelievable truth. It’s amiable and entertaining, though given the mercurial nature of comedians the show sometimes segues into robust adult territory. This week’s guests are Hansen once more, Merrick Watts, Sarah Kendall and the redoubtable Garden himself.