Richard Watsham


UKTV: “No drop-off” in commissioning amidst ownership shake-up

UKTV director of commissioning Richard Watsham has said that an increased investment in original content has “generated more value” for the business in the event of a break-up of channels. The ownership of the Taskmaster broadcaster – which is jointly owned by the BBC and Discovery Communications – has been in question for several months, and […]

UKTV to recreate lost Dad’s Army episodes

UKTV is to recreate three lost episodes of classic BBC sitcom Dad’s Army. Mercury Productions has signed on to re-shoot and reconstruct three episodes of the show that haven’t been seen on TV since they first broadcast in 1969. The episodes will TX on UKTV channel Gold as The Lost Episodes. Unlike other episodes of […]

UKTV extends ‘Inside’ franchise with Brown Bob

UKTV has commissioned Brown Bob Productions for 20-part fixed rig series Inside The Operating Theatre. The show is the latest installment in the producer’s Inside The… franchise, which includes Inside The Ambulance and Inside The Vets. It is to air on UKTV’s W channel, and focuses on the day surgery unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital […]

UKTV, BBC and FMI partner on Backshall adventure series

UKTV has teamed up with the BBC and FremantleMedia International on a primetime adventure series that promises a series of world firsts. These include: the first descent of a white-water river in the Himalayas; trekking through unexplored jungle in South America; and climbing mountains in the deserts of the Middle East. The series, Expedition with […]

UKTV hires Baby Cow’s Waddell in originals push

British broadcaster UKTV has hired Kerry Waddell from UK indie Baby Cow Productions. Waddell (pictured) is leaving her post as head of production at the Alan Partridge prodco to take on the same role at UKTV. The hire comes as UKTV delves deeper into its plan to up its original programming output by a third […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dave adds Spanish street game show format

UK entertainment network Dave has ordered a local version of a Spanish game show set on the street. Comedian Jason Byrne will present Don’t Say it, Bring it, with Belfast-based Stellify Media attached to produce 20 half-hour episodes for the UKTV-owned network. The series is based on a Phileas Productions format in which a presenter […]

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 preps live Dynamo magic special

UKTV will broadcast one of Dynamo’s tour shows live on its W channel. The magician is on a 100-date tour and W will capture his Dynamo – Live at The 02 show on March 30, starting at 7.30pm. UKTV has a longstanding relationship with Dynamo and shows his Magician Impossible series. Richard Watsham, director of […]