Simon Lupton

UKTV’s Gold orders Catherine Tate comedy

UKTV’s British comedy channel Gold has commissioned a scripted one-off from comedian Catherine Tate. The Catherine Tate Show creator will star in Do Not Disturb, which is set in a boutique hotel in Strateford-upon-Avon and will TX on Gold in January next year. The 1x60mins comedy is from Lonesome Pine Productions and follows an estranged […]

Gold makes time for Million Joke Man

UKTV-owned comedy channel Gold has commissioned a 3x60mins retrospective on the late British comedian Bob Monkhouse. Bob Monkhouse: The Million Joke Man will see presenter Paul O’Grady (pictured) look at Monkhouse’s career in entertainment, which spanned more than five decades before he passed away in 2003. He is famous for his authored notebooks, which will […]

Gold originals on UKTV’s £125m list

Five original scripted series for thematic UK network Gold will make up part of multichannel operator UKTV’s £125 million (US$196 million) programming budget in 2015. This is part of what UKTV is billing as “an unprecedented original scripted commissioning push” for Gold, which is known primarily as a ‘best of British’ channel. Director of commissioning […]

UKTV adds ex-BBC comedy commissioner

UK broadcaster UKTV has hired former BBC comedy commissioner Simon Lupton to become its commissioning editor, entertainment, as part of a push into scripted. His appointment comes after Richard Watsham was promoted to director of commissioning following Jane Rogerson’s exit last year. Luton will report into Watsham, who is charged with increasing the BBC Worldwide […]