UKTV channel Dave has commissioned Boomerang for fact ent series Big Zuu’s Big Eats, featuring London grime artist and DJ Big Zuu.
The 10 x 40-minute series is to air in early 2020 and sees the DJ preparing made-to-order dishes for famous comedians on tour in the UK.
Guest comedians so far signed up to the series include Rosie Jones and Desiree Burch.
Big Zuu’s Big Eats is commissioned by Natalie Rose, UKTV commissioning executive, and ordered for Dave by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning; Luke Hales, Dave channel director; and Steve North, genre manager, comedy and entertainment.
Executive producer for Boomerang is Sam Grace.
Other recent fact ent commissions for UKTV include BBC co-production Expedition With Steve Backshall and the forthcoming Eddie Eats America with strongman Eddie Hall.
Dave’s comedy slate includes Comedians Giving Lectures and Dave Gorman: Terms And Conditions Apply as well as the forthcoming Meet The Richardsons and Hypothetical.
The channel recently lost one of its top shows, the Avalon format Taskmaster, to Channel 4, as first revealed by TBI.
Big Zuu said: “Having my own TV series has been a dream come true. I’ve grown up obsessed with watching cooking programmes and making homemade food, so to now be able to do that on TV is a surreal feeling. I’m a massive fan of the channel Dave and I can’t wait to start filming.”
Natalie Rose said: “Big Zuu is just the kind of extraordinary raw talent we’ve been looking for. Bags of charisma, effortless charm, infectious humour and true authenticity. As a touring artist, he acutely understands life on the road, and the instant gratification delicious food brings. All of which make his partnership with some of the UK’s finest comics that more exciting.”
Luke Hales said: “We are committed to experimenting with fresh formats at Dave and this really ticks the box. We have found a real talent in Big Zuu – he has bags of charm and humour and makes some of the most mouth-watering food I have ever seen on telly – this, coupled with some of the biggest and brightest names in comedy, makes for a really exciting show. I am so glad Natalie brought this one to us and so impressed with all the work she has done to get this one off the ground.”