The BBC's New ‘Vladimir Putin’ Chat Show Is Even Odder Than It Sounds

Sorry, what?!

Now, far be it from us to suggest TV commissioners are running out of ideas, but you may need to take a moment to get your head around BBC Two’s latest announcement.

The broadcaster has revealed they are making a new chat show hosted by a 3D digital cartoon version of Vladimir Putin.

Yeah... We told you it was random.


Tonight With Vladimir Putin will see “the Russian president” interviewing real human guests in front of a studio audience, all in real time.

And while the show is still in the piloting stage, the two episodes will be broadcast.

We’ll let the BBC take it from here...

“Everybody’s favourite bear-wrestling global strongman Vladimir Putin has finally achieved his ultimate goal – a chat-show on the BBC,” they 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.

“In one episode, June Sarpong discusses her career highs and lows… after which Vlad forces her to play a game of Diversity Challenge.”

Sounds, errrm, interesting.

Other guests are set to include Alistair Campbell and Joe Swash, naturally.


The announcement of the show comes after Russia’s media watchdog launched an investigation into the BBC’s websites and World News channel over alleged violations of Russian law last year.

Earlier this week, UK TV watchdog Ofcom warned it was considering sanctions against the Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT for breaching impartiality rules.

The 12-minute pilot shows are expected to air next month.