11 October 2016

The Casebook of Max and Ivan reopens with Halloween Special

The Casebook of Max and Ivan, written by Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez is returning to Radio 4 for a second series.  The four new half hour episodes will air next year.

However, fans will not have to wait that long as a one-off Halloween special will air on October 27th, which will see hapless private detectives Max and Ivan get mixed up in a sinister underworld of murder, human sacrifice and sand!  This will be recorded in front of a studio audience on Tuesday 20th October in London.

The new series and Halloween Special have been commissioned by Radio 4 comedy commissioning editor Sioned Wiliam. They will be produced by Ben Walker (Radio Academy Award-winning Here Be Dragons, The Now Show) for Retort. The show was initially developed by Matt Lucas’s company, John Stanley Productions, who also produced the first series in 2015, which attracted comedy A-listers June Whitfield, Matt Lucas, Jessica Hynes and Reece Shearsmith as guest stars. Each new episode brings a new case to solve and a new world for Max and Ivan to infiltrate by going undercover in a series of fiendish guises. The show also features Jessica Ransom (Horrible Histories, Doc Martin), Lewis MacLeod (Dead Ringers, Lewis MacLeod Is Not Himself) and David Reed (The Penny Dreadfuls present…).

Max and Ivan are an award-winning double act who have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting comedy duos on the live circuit. Their shows have been nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh and Melbourne comedy festivals, and they’ve appeared in TV shows including Pompidou, Badults and Blandings and in the roles of digital strategists Ben and Jerry who contribute almost nothing to meetings in BBC spoof W1A.

Praise for Max & Ivan’s previous work:

“Ingeniously plotted and zingily executed. It’s impossible to stop beaming” – The Independent

“Undeniably superstars of tomorrow. It feels like watching early Walliams and Lucas or Enfield and Whitehouse.” – GQ

“A wonderfully taut script, a snappy attention to pace, an essential likeability. the show recalls the verbal invention and dark surrealism of The League of Gentlemen” – The Telegraph