Veronica Milsom, comedian and triple j presenter, has signed on to host ABC2's new 11 x 30 minute entertainment series Back Seat Drivers.
Premiering on Tuesday 12 August at 9.55pm, each episode sees Australian comedians and entertainers getting behind the wheel of a taxicab to take the pulse of the nation.
In an irreverent ride around town with everyday punters, the cabbie comedians are agent provocateurs in search of the ‘truth’. The trouble is, ‘truth’ comes in many flavours and when you never know who might jump in the back seat, the only thing certain is a journey full of surprises.
With Veronica manning dispatch, she'll send out her fleet of comedians to all the suburban hotspots to pick up fares and grab their opinions. The cabbie comedians include Andrew O’Keefe, Mel Buttle, Ronny Chieng, Tommy Little, Jordan Raskopoulos and Tegan Higginbotham.
"It’s hard to believe it’s taken us this long to break the long-standing cab cone of silence. As a nation of voyeurs, a window into the confines of a taxi will be an excellent way to hear the unbridled, uninhibited, uncensored opinions of everyday Australians. Unmetered too, so it’s a bargain," said host Veronica Milsom.
Jon Casimir, Head of ABC Entertainment, said: "We’ve all had revealing conversations with cabbies. There’s something about the confined space and the fleeting nature of the interaction that drops our defences. With host Veronica Milsom and a mix of established and rising comedians behind the wheel, this series will give the public a platform to voice their opinions and share their stories."
"Back Seat Drivers is a soapbox on wheels. We’re thrilled to be working with ABC TV and Veronica Milsom to help uncover the humour and truth in everyday conversations from the back seat," said Executive Producer Matthew Duffy.
Buckle up as we take a provocative and humorous journey to the heart of the real Australia as seen from the back seat of a taxicab.
ABC TV Executive Producer is Richard Huddleston. Duff Productions Executive Producers are Matthew Duffy and Phil Dickenson.
A Duff Productions production in association with ABC TV.