UKTV & Foxtel order Jack Stein’s food adventure series

UKTV’s Good Food and Foxtel Lifestyle Channel are set to partner with distributor Parade Media on a new food travel series Jack Stein: Inside the Box. Stein, the son of British celebrity chef Rick Stein, will focus on his favourite classic British dishes and endeavours to ‘flip the norm’ by creating his own ‘cooking box’ […]

UKTV & RTÉ board Sharon Horgan drama

UKTV has partnered with RTÉ to bring Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) drama Women on the Verge to UKTV’s premium entertainment channel W. The six part series will be co-produced by Horgan’s Merman and House Productions. Women on the Verge is based on the best-selling book Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, by Lorna Martin, […]

ITV considers £1bn JV with BBC to buy UKTV

ITV is considering entering a joint venture with the BBC for £1 billion to buy out UKTV, according to reports. In the move the BBC, which currently owns half of the business with Discovery, will have the right to buy out its US partner at a set price before the end of the week, according […]

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, 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 strikes multi-show deal with Disney UK

UKTV has struck a multi-show deal with Disney UK, which will see new and returning series air exclusively in the UK on W and Alibi in 2018. Harrow, starring Ioan Gruffudd (Liar), will premiere in the UK for the first time as part of the deal. Three series of US comedy American Housewife will also […]

UKTV orders first doc from BBC Studios for W

UKTV has ordered documentary series Sex, Knives and Liposuction from BBC Studios’ Science Unit, a first for the network. The 3×60 minute doc fronted by Cherry Healey will be placed on W, UKTV’s premium entertainment channel. UKTV’s original will follow Healey as she immerses herself in the contradictory and complex world of cosmetic surgery. Recently […]

UKTV secures helping Hand for content financing

UKTV has appointed Ronan Hand to the new position of director of programme funding. The role, which sits within UKTV’s Commercial team, is designed to help the broadcaster realise its ambitions in IP ownership and original commissions. Hand joins from ITV Studios where he is SVP global content, non-scripted and co-productions. Reporting to chief commercial […]

UKTV picks up slate of Sony dramas for Alibi

UK-based multichannel network UKTV has acquired three Sony Pictures Television (SPT) shows for its crime drama channel Alibi. The deal is headed by Carter, a detective drama commissioned by SPT Networks and produced by Amaze Film + Television. Carter’s cast is headed by Jerry O’Connell (Billions) who plays Harley Carter, a detective on a hit […]

UKTV invests in drama with Collie Cousins as first commissioner

Multichannel broadcaster UKTV has appointed Philippa Collie Cousins as its first dedicated drama commissioner. Reporting to Pete Thornton, senior commissioning editor for scripted content, Philippa will join UKTV in May and will oversee all upcoming original drama series for the broadcaster. The news arrives as the broadcaster has announced a major push into drama. It […]

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