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Mel Giedroyc: 'Never be mean to a waitress... you'll get snot in your dinner!'

Unforgiveable sees stars confess their darkest secrets. Danielle de Wolfe finds out more from presenter Mel Giedroyc

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Mel Giedroyc and Lou Sanders on Unforgiveable

Mel Giedroyc and Lou Sanders on Unforgiveable

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Mel Giedroyc and Lou Sanders on Unforgiveable

Cringeworthy confessions make for great television. However, when those revelations come directly from the mouths of renowned celebrities, it's safe to say our interest has been piqued. Hosted by presenter and comedian Mel Giedroyc, alongside her co-host and fellow comedian Lou Sanders, new Dave series Unforgivable does just that.

Uncovering a range of stories, from the relatively mild through to the downright shocking, the show relieves celebrities of their long suppressed secrets without the need to set foot inside a church confessional.

Described by Giedroyc as "a gleeful celebration of the outrageous", the series features a plethora of celebrity guests from across the world of entertainment, including the likes of Graham Norton, Jennifer Saunders and Gemma Collins.

"I thought 'Come on, I'm 52, this show is the best fun I've had in ages, it's time to let rip'," says the Children In Need and former Bake Off presenter.

Ahead of the first episode of Unforgivable arriving on Dave on Tuesday, we chat to Giedroyc to discover more about the show.

HOW DOES THE SHOW WORK?

"We have three celebrity guests on every show and the aim of the game is that the person who can make themselves most unforgivable, wins the show. The scoring system is really quite complicated. It involves minus points. The lower the score, the better you've done. And you will achieve that by spilling the worst things about yourself. So, that, in a nutshell, is what it is: show us what a horrendous person you are."

THERE MUST BE SOME MEMORABLE STORIES?

"We've got everything from eating pets to scandalous goings-on in the bath. There are a fair amount of poo stories. There are childhood stories, which are always brilliant and often quite charming, because, when you're a child, you don't have quite the same sort of moral compass or sensibilities that you have as you get older."

ANY STANDOUT GUESTS?

"We've got Jennifer Saunders on, who I absolutely adore; she's hilarious. And it was so good to hear stories from her, because she can actually be a shy person and she doesn't do that many shows like this. Graham Norton was absolutely wonderful. I love the way that he doesn't shy away from telling stories about himself. Gemma Collins was superb, too - such a great storyteller with amazing timing."

WHAT IS IT THAT SETS THIS SHOW APART?

"You get to see some comedians that maybe we haven't seen enough of yet. Some brilliant comics of the future - I was all for that. It's really important and it gives the show completely different energy. It gives the show a bit of spice."

AND THERE ARE AUDIENCE CONFESSIONS, TOO?

"The public confessions are more left-field, surreal and madder than you could ever make up. It's always the way, isn't it, that the stuff from real life is always the most outrageous. I hope the show taps into that in a very celebratory way, because I think the show is a celebration; it's not trying to make anyone actually look really bad. It's just gleeful rather than condemning anybody."

IT MUST HAVE BEEN FUN WORKING WITH LOU SANDERS?

"I adore her. I love her as a stand-up and I love that she's so different from me. Sue (Perkins) calls me The Onion, because there are so many layers to get through before I will actually say what I'm properly thinking or feeling. Whereas someone like Lou, it's all out there. She talks openly about everything. I blooming well admire that. I call her the Keeper of the Filth. She's my co-host and essentially the PA of the show: she holds the knowledge, she holds the book. she's the keeper of the filth. She's like a filthy Richard Osman to my Alexander Armstrong."

AND YOU MAKE SOME CONFESSIONS YOURSELF, DON'T YOU?

"Yes. God, I can't remember what. Did I say anything terrible? I did make a confession about working in catering on a friend's short film. Everyone was working for free: the actors, the crew. Sue (Perkins) and I did it together and we'd been slaving away, making food and snacks and drinks to keep everybody happy. There was this actress - I can't actually remember her name, she came to nothing - and she had the audacity to come up and complain about something. And I thought, right buddy, you've complained to the wrong person because I'm in charge of the food. So, I snotted into her pasta and presented it to her.

"I felt really bad, though, because she came up at the end of the afternoon and said it was really delicious. But, you know, I've been a waitress so many times in my life and I've worked behind bars. That sounds like I worked in prison. I don't mean behind bars like that. I mean bars as in pubs. I've done so much of that in my life and I had such a short fuse with rude customers or people that were badly behaved. Never, ever treat a waitress badly. You'll end up with snot - or worse - in your dinner."

DID CORONAVIRUS PLAY HAVOC WITH FILMING?

"Back in March 2020 we were supposed to record and then the first lockdown was called literally on the day I was looking at costumes and going through scripts and the guests were due to come the next day. So, we were all sent home. Gutting. Then we managed to do it in October just before the next lockdown, which was so lucky. We got in under the wire. And we were allowed a small audience. I think it was all beyond our wildest dreams - we'd all been locked up for so many months."

Unforgivable launches on Dave on Tuesday (10pm)

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