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Gold greenlights ‘Cockfields’ comedy with Joe Wilkinson, Kim Cattrall

BBC Studios-backed comedy channel Gold has commissioned a scripted original starring Joe Wilkinson (pictured), Diane Morgan and Kim Cattrall. The Cockfields (3 x 30 minutes) stars Wilkinson as Simon, who is taking girlfriend Donna (Morgan) back home to the Isle of Wight for his birthday weekend. The cast also includes Sue Johnston, Bobby Ball and […]

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 orders Sally Phillips original My Favourite Sketch

UKTV has ordered an original sketch comedy series from Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones’s Diary) for its comedy channel Gold. The series will be hosted by Phillips (pictured), who will invite a new comedy star in each episode to discuss sketches in the last 70 years of comedy. It will air later this year. The full […]

UKTV restructures acquisitions & channels teams

British channels group UKTV has created five channel director posts in a restructure that looks to have knock-on effects for some key executives. Emma Ayech, Luke Hales, Gerald Casey, Adam Collings and Vicky Walker all get promotions in the rejig, effective immediately, and UKTV say the changes are reflective of a major increase in investment […]

Virgin Media Ireland adds UKTV to on-demand platform

Virgin Media Ireland has added UKTV Play to its line-up of on-demand services, boosting its catch-up TV catalogue by more than 1,000 hours. UKTV channels Dave, W, Gold and Alibi are now available on Virgin Media On Demand in Ireland, giving users access to shows like UKTV Originals Taskmaster (pictured) and John Bishop: In Conversation […]

UKTV plots uptick in originals investment

UK-based channels group UKTV plans to increase investment in its original programming this year. Richard Watsham (pictured), UKTV’s director of commissioning, said in a statement issued to TBI: “Twenty-sixteen was a landmark year for UKTV’s original output. We worked with more production companies and produced shows across more genres than ever before, which resulted in […]

UKTV buys RTÉ comedy in ‘breakthrough’ deal

British multichannel operator UKTV has acquired Irish comedy Bridget & Eamon for its Gold network. This marks the first time a UK broadcaster has bought a fully-funded RTÉ comedy, and is “a real breakthrough for Irish comedy in Britain,” according to RTÉ head of comedy Eddie Doyle. “Building on the success of [BBC-commissioned comedy] Mrs […]

UKTV makes another free-to-air move

UKTV is moving its Home channel from pay to free TV. Home will replace Dave Ja Vu, the Dave +1 channel, on the UK digital terrestrial platform, with that service moving to a new, as yet unspecified, free TV slot. The Scripps Networks Interactive- and BBC Worldwide-owned channels group said the homes and garden service will […]

UKTV goes for Gold Christmas makeover

UKTV is giving its Gold and Good Food channels a Christmas makeover. The Scripps and BBC Worldwide-owned channel operator will rebrand the channels Christmas Gold and Christmas Food throughout December to coincide with the seasonal festivities. Both channels will have new on-air rebranding and their name changes will also be reflected in the EPGs of […]

TVPlayer to launch UK subs offering

UK over-the-top television platform TVPlayer will launch a subscription service this summer offering live streams of premium TV channels. TVPlayer Plus will offer upwards of 25 premium channels and roughly 100 hours of catch-up content a week for £4.99 (US$7.79) per month – with no fixed contract. Premium networks that will feature as part of TVPlayer […]