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Deals round-up: Dave expands ‘Expedition’; ‘Epic Yellowstone’ sales; Drive preps ‘Shackleton’ project

UKTV’s Dave returns to Expedition With Steve Backshall UKTV has ordered a second season of Expedition With Steve Backshall for its UK-based Dave channel. The 4 x 60-minute show is being produced by Sky-backed True To Nature and will see naturalist and TV presenter Steve Backshall documenting his ‘natural world’ discoveries. Fremantle holds international distribution […]

UKTV unveils Mel Giedroyc comedy, return of ‘World’s Most Dangerous Roads’

UKTV’s entertainment channel Dave has unveiled a raft of new programming including a new comedy panel show from Mel Giedroyc and the return of World’s Most Dangerous Roads. Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable (8 x 60 minutes) will air later this year and is being produced by UK prodco Expectation. The format invites three celebrity guests to […]

UKTV’s Dave commissions Boomerang for ‘Big Zuu’s Big Eats’

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 […]

Channel 4 swoops for ‘Taskmaster’

Channel 4 has swooped for Avalon format Taskmaster, as first revealed by TBI earlier this month.  The broadcaster has scored a six-series deal across three years for the format with Avalon, with new episodes set to come to Channel 4 from late 2020. Repeats will be aired on E4. As reported by TBI, the deal follows […]

TBI Weekly: Why the face-off for ‘Taskmaster’ could be ‘Bake Off’ 2.0

Three years after Love Productions marched Bake Off from BBC One to Channel 4, history is repeating itself with Avalon’s Taskmaster, which is unlikely to return to UKTV’s Dave and will likely land on Channel 4 or the BBC, all of which begs the question: is this the new normal for prize formats? Manori Ravindran […]

UKTV orders car ‘flipping’ series for Dave

UKTV has commissioned new original Lazy Boy Garage for entertainment channel Dave. The series, which is produced by October Films, follows three best friends into the world of international car ‘flipping’ – where cars are revamped and resold for profit. Based at Roadhouse Motor Co. in Stamford, Lincolnshire, motoring journalist Jonny Smith, Top Gear Magazine […]

UKTV returns to Virgin with more content than ever

UKTV’s channels returned to Virgin Media at the weekend, ending a three-week negotiations stand-off that forced networks including Dave, Gold and Alibi off the platform. The two parties agreed a new carriage deal that restores all UKTV’s channels and adds more than five-times the amount of on-demand programming – including what Virgin described as “significantly […]

UKTV’s Dave teams with Vice for its first game show

UKTV channel Dave is making its first programme with Vice Studios named Beat The Internet with John Robins. The 20×30 minute title pits members of the public against each other in a quest to predict how search engines respond to a series of questions – from images to wordplay. This is the first ever game show […]

UKTV controller Emma Tennant passes away

The British television industry is today mourning the passing of the well liked UKTV controller Emma Tennant, who has died aged 49. Tennant (pictured) had fought a long battle with cancer, but sadly passed away on Tuesday. “Anyone who met Emma knew her to be one of the kindest, warmest and most nurturing people working […]

UKTV plotting to increase indie original hours by a third

British channels group UKTV is planning to increase the number of hours it commissions from UK indies by a third in 2018. The company, which counts BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive as parents, is making the “significant increase” following strong results from original shows last year. These included thematic net Gold taking its highest […]

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