BBC Two announces brand new chat show hosted by ‘Vladimir Putin’

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by Mark Johnson

BBC2 has announced it plans to launch a new spoof comedy chat show hosted by a virtual version of Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

"Everybody’s favourite bear-wrestling global strongman Vladimir Putin has finally achieved his ultimate goal - a chat-show on the BBC", the broadcaster said.

"Forget global politics, landing two pilot episodes on BBC Two of his soon to be world-famous chat show marks the ultimate victory for Vlad, leader of the free world."

Tonight With Vladimir Putin is a semi-scripted comedy chat-show format - with a significant twist, the BBC said. 

In a television first, ground-breaking live VFX, created using performance capture technology, developed by creative studio Framestore, enables a 3D digital cartoon of Putin to walk around and sit behind the desk, interviewing real human guests in front of a studio audience, all in real-time.

The first guest in episode one is Alastair Campbell, whom Vlad warmly thanks for his part in making such a mess of things, and then June Sarpong discusses her career highs and lows… after which Vlad forces her to play a game of Diversity Challenge.

Probing global questions

In episode two Vlad asks his first guest the same question he asked at the production meeting: "Who is Joe Swash?" 

He then tries to get his head around feminism with Guilty Feminist podcaster, Deborah Frances-White. 

It’s fair to say his grasp of the concept remains patchy, the BBC said.

Created by Jasper Gibson (The Poke), Joel Veitch ( and Simon Whalley (Framestore), Tonight With Vladimir Putin (2x12’) was produced by Phil McIntyre Television and Framestore for BBC Two. 

Vladimir Putin is written and performed by Natt Tapley. 

The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown and the Executive Producer for Phil McIntyre Television is Lucy Ansbro. 

Lindsay Jex is the Series Producer.

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